DCC blog

Author: Sarah Jones

Associate Director

IDCC20 unconference - get involved!

We’ll be running an unconference at IDCC again this year and have over 75 people registered for the event. Some of you have definitely been to an unconference before, but for others it is bound to be a new experience. This blog post provides an introduction on what to expect and how to get the most out of it.

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2019: a DMP year in review

2019 was a pivotal year for DMPonline. Having introduced a new subscription model in November 2018 to sustain the DCC-led service, the last 12 months saw us develop a solid user base. This uptake has allowed us to grow the team and increase our engagement channels to ensure the service continues to meet user needs.
 

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Different hosting options – which way forward?

Over the past few months we’ve been reconsidering DMPonline hosting – should we move to Amazon Web Services or remain with the University of Edinburgh. Brexit and ensuring we can meet our Service Level Agreements were two major concerns in this decision-making process. After investigating options, we have decided to remain with University of Edinburgh hosting. This blog post outlines our thoughts.
 

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Full steam ahead!

Following on from our user group last week, the DMPonline team met yesterday and has prioritised the feature requests you raised. Ray Carrick started work for the DCC on Monday so we have doubled developer effort, and with Marta rejoining later in the year we’re pressing full steam ahead!

 

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Come learn with us!

Just over a week in and we all continue to be overwhelmed by responses to our new MOOC* on Delivering Research Data Management Services. We have over 1400 learners from 116 countries and they have been very active in the discussion forum. Literally hundreds of comments and questions - and such insightful responses to the material.

Our MOOC runs until 14th October and will run again later in the year or early 2020. Find out more at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/delivering-research-data-management-services

* A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. Our MOOC is available on the FutureLearn platform and is free to all.

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DMP inspiration down under

I've had a number of inspiring DMP discussions over the last few weeks, both Australian and European based. Here in Oz, funders do not require data management plans like they do in the UK and USA. This has led to the growth of quite different tools as institutions fit the DMP to local priorities.

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All the fun of the FAIR: FAIR WG inaugural meeting held

Thursday, 4 July was the inaugural meeting of the EOSC FAIR Working Group. The Group is chaired by the DCC's Associate Director Sarah Jones. It has 26 members representing 20 different Member States and Associated Countries and a remit which covers FAIR practice, a Persistent Identifier policy, defining an EOSC Interoperability Framework, metrics for FAIR data, and service certification. 

Read more about the work in this blog.

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DMPonline user group: where next?

We've run a couple of user group sessions over the last few weeks and have been processing your ideas to plan our development roadmap.

Read on to find out more!

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Let the ideas flow…

The DCC is running an unconference at IDCC19 in Melbourne for the first time. Learn about the model here and sign up to take part!

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Work together, not alone: doing things the Batswana way

International Data Week in Botswana was unlike any conference I’ve been to before. Here are some personal reflections on how we can learn from the Africans.

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