DCC blog

Author: Kevin Ashley

Director

Endangered digital content list released by DPC for International Digital Preservation Day

Today, 30th November 2017, is the first International Digital Preservation Day. This is coordinated by the Digital Preservation Coalition, an organisation we're proud to be a member of. As part of the day's activity the DPC has released the BitList, a list of endangered digital species loosely modelled as a concept on the IUCN's Red List. In this short blog post I highlight some of the items on the list of particular interest to the DCC community.

 

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The DCC and its services

The DCC has undergone continuous change since it was established as a consortium in 2004 jointly funded by JISC and the UK E-Science programme. Periodically it’s important for us to clarify what these changes are and what implications they do – or don’t – have for the services you expect from us. The full article sums up these changes from the past year.

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10 years of the Digital Curation Centre - a series of reflections

We have a birthday to celebrate, and we're going to be marking it with a series of special blog posts.

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DMPonline - current status

The DCC announced future development plans for its data management planning tool (DMPonline) in January 2013. In this post, Kevin Ashley provides an update on the current status of those plans.

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IDCC13 and the Research Data Alliance

Kevin Ashley reports on a workshop at IDCC13 intended to introduce the ideas behind the Research Data Alliance and give attendees the chance to explore ways of engaging with this emerging organisation. He also looks forward to its first plenary in Gothenberg and considers ways in which the DCC and Jisc might engage with the RDA.

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IDCC13: on reflection

IDCC13, the 8th International Digital Curation Conference, took place in Amsterdam last week. Kevin Ashley picks out some personal high points and provides pointers to all the extra material available for those who weren't there and those who were.

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Joint statement on data citation from STM publishers and DataCite

A joint statement on data citation was signed by Eefke Smit of STM and Adam Farquhar of Datacite at Datacite's summer meeting in Copenhagen last week (June 14). 

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The case for open data: the Duke clinical trials

A recent story in the Times Higher Educational Supplement, backed up by leader comment, provides a highly readable summary of a long and complex case of flawed clinical research and the difficulties encountered by those trying to expose the flaws. It also provides a strong argument for being open with data and code at an early stage, even where sensitive data is involved.

Since this research involved cancer chemotherapy, the lives of people and their quality of life whilst undergoing treatment potentially depended on the truth of the research findings. As the article shows, falsifying the findings would have been far easier and quicker had the original data, and the methods used to analyse it, been made available from the outset. Expensive clinical trials could have been avoided. Potentially, better treatments could have been brought to trial more quickly once the false promise of this particular intervention was clear.

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IDCC10 - initial impressions

It's now nearly a week since our sixth conference in Chicago finished, and my initial impressions are that it was a great success. With over 270 people registered for the conference itself, and many others attending the events scheduled around it, we had the largest attendance yet for IDCC. But success isn't just measured by numbers; we also had some excellent keynote speakers, a diverse set of papers and a real feeling of engagement shown in the questions being asked and in the conversations taking place outside the sessions.

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