DCC blog

Author: Angus Whyte

Senior Institutional Support Officer

IDCC11 Session A3: Formats

This session at IDCC 2011 might have been titled “Everything to Fear but Fear Itself”. As preservation specialists know, when it comes to file format issues just about anything that can go wrong probably will in time. The three presentations in this session were about understanding the probabilities involved, and taking appropriate steps to stop data loss being the outcome.

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Elephant invades room at JISC programme launch

A short report on a session about disciplinary challenges to data management planning at the JISC MRD 02 launch meeting in Nottingham, 1-2 December 2011.

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Beyond Impact, and the Catch-22 in Data Reuse

Take an impressive line-up of thirty odd specialists in research assessment and open data, put them in a large open meeting space for a couple of days, add some inspiring facilitation with regular refreshments and what do you get? Apart from a roomful of people wanting to carry on the conversation, the ‘scoping’ part of the Beyond Impact workshop produced a fine line in actionable items.

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Shakespeare Quarterly "Open Peer Review" Experiment

Some thoughts on 'open peer review', after the New York Times reports on a Shakespeare Quarterly experiment in opening up their peer review process.

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Australian Digital Futures Institute launches "Data Bites"

A new blog from the Australian Digital Futures Institute titled Data Bites offers a platform to projects funded by ANDS, the Australian National Data Service. The blog is intended for updates on these projects and has a temporary url at: http://adfi.usq.edu.au/ands-partners/ .

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What will Openness do for Science? More on Climategate

Thought provoking article in THE by Adam Corner, with more debate on climategate and the implications for science of open data and transparency in the research process.

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Debate Continues on "Climategate" Data Implications

Times Higher Education discusses implications for data release, arising from a recent ruling by the Information Commissioner's Office on tree-ring data, and the Russell Report on the "Climategate" emails affair.

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Business intelligence for research data curation?

Gaining business intelligence from user activity data was the topic of a JISC workshop I attended this week – and a hot topic if the activity of JISC programme managers is anything to go by. I counted five, plus a large contingent of JISC service people, and of course Deputy Chair Professor David Baker who chaired this event. 

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What will the new Public Data Transparency Principles mean for researchers and HEIs?

The new Government's Public Sector Transparency Board met last week for the first time and promptly published a draft set of Public Data Principles on the data.gov.uk team blog. So what does this mean for research data and HEI's?

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NSF to Ask Every Grant Applicant for Data Management Plan

US funding body the National Science Foundation (NSF) intends to require a 2-page Data Management Plan with all funding applications, according to a news article on Science Insider. The article quotes NSF's Edward Seidel  describing the plans, which will be subject to 'merit review', as phase one of "a broader effort to address the growing interest from U.S. policymakers in making sure that any data obtained with federal funds be accessible to the general public". Any influence on UK funding body polices remains to be seen.

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