DCC blog

Author: Sarah Jones

Associate Director

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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Roadmap back to school edition

Summer activities and latest (major 2.0.0) release
The DMPRoadmap team is checking in with an overdue update after rotating holidays and work travels over the past few months. We also experienced some core team staff transitions and began juggling some parallel projects. As a result we haven’t been following a regular development schedule, but we have been busy tidying up the codebase and documentation. 
 
This post summarizes the contents of the major release and provides instructions for those with existing installations who will need to make some configuration changes in order to upgrade to the latest and greatest DMPRoadmap code. In addition to infrastructure improvements, we fixed some bugs and completed some feature enhancements. Read on for more details about all the great things packed into the latest release, as well as some general updates about our services and of course machine-actionable DMPs. 

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Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

Courtesy of Stephanie Simms at CDL, here's our bi-monthly update on all things DMP

Our DMPTool and DMPonline services have been humming along with the same underlying code for a couple of months now. Since our MVP release, we’ve shifted gears to more regular sprints. We’re also pleasantly surprised by how eager the wider DMP community has been to join forces in migrating, translating, and even contributing new features already! Here’s a brief retrospective and a glimpse into the future.

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Equality won’t happen by itself: our attempt to address it at IDCC

We trialled all-female session chairs at IDCC18 and invited women to ask the first question in order to evoke a more balanced and diverse subsequent discussion. Here are some thoughts on what we did, how and why...

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Pizza Party!

The DMPTool team has embarked on a major housekeeping effort in order to migrate to the DMPRoadmap platform in February 2018. Last week they began a global audit of the funder templates and guidance in an all-day pizza-fueled event that amounted to a huge template success (but an epic pizza fail, see photo below).

This involved checking that the language in each template was in line with the latest versions of funder policy documents, and also involved tagging each funder question with the DMP themes so organisational guidance can be overlaid onto them. This DMP themes are a new concept to our partners stateside. The team at UC3 are going to repeat this community-driven content review exercise as an annual event and it’s something we could trial in the UK too. Let us know if you’re interested in that.

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Roll up, roll up! Get yer DMP update here.

Last month saw a busy Active DMPs and Domain Repositories Interest Groups joint session at the RDA Plenary at Montreal. Two new working groups have been launched to advance work in this area: one on developing Common Standards for DMPs and another on Exposing DMPs. In addition, there are multiple active projects in this space including ezDMP, the University of Queensland’s Data Management Records approach, FAIRsharing and our own DMPRoadmap project. All the slides and notes from the RDA session are available from the session link above if you want to find out more. The working groups are just starting to get underway too, so please review their plans and contribute if you can.
 
We’ve been progressing the machine-actionable DMP agenda through the DMPRoadmap team too. With support from an RDA Europe collaboration award, we integrated the disciplinary Metadata Standards Directory (MSD) into the tool. Template administrators can choose the MSD as an answer format for metadata questions so users can browse the directory from within the tool. We’d love your feedback on this – both admins trialling it on templates and end users selecting standards. Can you find relevant standards easily? Is the functionality intuitive? Are there other features or additions you would like to see? Please try it out at https://dmponline-test.dcc.ac.uk and let us know.

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DMPRoadmap summer camp news

This summer we’ve made solid progress toward our DMPRoadmap MVP, done oodles of outreach for machine-actionable DMPs, and addressed some DMPTool and DMPonline-specific items. Keep reading for the high-level highlights and what to expect in the coming months:

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Incentivising open practices

While some studies have shown that researchers share data because it’s the right thing to do [1], direct benefits clearly have a tangible impact too. Several research papers have demonstrated a boost in citation rates across a range of disciplines when underlying data are shared [2]. There have also been repeated calls over the years for good practice to be recognised as part of tenure or promotion criteria, though few concrete examples of doing so have arisen to date.

In his keynote at the Repository Fringe conference earlier this month, Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost, reported that UCL have done exactly that - there is now explicit recognition of open practices in the Academic Careers Framework.

"All research outputs are available through Open Access wherever possible"

This means that academics will be rewarded for open practices, whether that be making their published works available open access, sharing research data, or undertaking work in an open way. The addition is intentionally broad to recognise any contributions towards open scholarship. The provision is a threshold criterion, which is expected of all academic colleagues embracing the new Framework. Academic colleagues are free to submit examples of their Open approach to sharing their research outputs and the impact that this sharing has.

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On the right track(s) - DCC release draws nigh

Monthly update on DMPonline and DMPRoadmap covering our latest release being out to test, machine-actionable DMP updates and where you can see us out and about

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RDA-DMP movings and shakings

An update on RDA and our Active DMP work, courtesy of Stephanie Simms

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