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To the RDMF community...

Dear colleagues,

After ten years (and one week!) I will shortly be leaving the DCC to take on a new, more internally-focused role at Edinburgh, as manager of the university’s Research Data Support team. Before moving on, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the RDMF series of events, and invite you to share your own thoughts about it…

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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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Helping train RDM service providers through our upcoming MOOC

Since most training in RDM is focussed on the researcher rather than the research support staff, we, together with RDNL, decided to put together a MOOC to train research support staff. Here's how we're getting on and what we're planning.

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RDA 11th Plenary Berlin: Active DMP Excitement

Now that the dust has settled, here are a few thoughts and reflections from March's 11th RDA Plenary in Berlin, with a focus on Data Management Plans (DMPs).

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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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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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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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