IDCC 2019 - Submissions are open

We're delighted to announce that submissions for IDCC19 are now open and we aready to receive your contributions. Find out more about the conference theme, guidelines for submission and deadlines.

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New DCC / SPARC Europe policy resources

We've been doing some consultancy work for SPARC Europe for the past year, and have a couple of new policy case studies as a result of this.

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DCC & RDA: acronym soup

It’s always a good sign when events inspire you to write. Coming at the end of a 3 week travel tour round Germany, I expected the RDA and co-located events to be the final hurdle that I was steeling myself to face, but they engaged and reinvigorated me in a way I hadn’t anticipated.

Image: 'Alphabet' CC-BY-NC by Luc Blain

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Save the date! IDCC19, 4-7 February, Melbourne

The IDCC conference is going down under and it's going to be hot, hot hot!
 
From the 4th to 7th February 2019, Donna McRostie, Anna Shadbolt, Peter Neish and the wonderful team at the University of Melbourne will be hosting the 14th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC). Save the date now - this is not one to miss!
 
Image: 'Bathing Boxes Brighton' CC-0 by Bernard Spragg

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We have lift off - DMPRoadmap launches!

We’re delighted to announce that the DMPTool and DMPonline sites are both now running from the new joint DMPRoadmap codebase. We pushed the MVP out to test last month and have now migrated our production services. There are lots of exciting new features. Read more in the post!
 
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Update to Analysis of Open Science Policies finds new activity in multiple countries

Open Data policy development in Europe is constantly evolving. In an effort to stay abreast of these changes on behalf of the community, the DCC, together with SPARC Europe, have recently released an update to our analysis of Open Data policies in Europe.

The report was first released in May 2017. This latest version has been updated to reflect Open Data policy changes that have surfaced between June and November 2017, and encompasses the 28 EU member states as well as several non-EU members of the European Research Area, such as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

New activity around national approaches to open data and open science has been identified in several countries, notably the Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia and Sweden.

Among other key findings:

  • 11 of 28 EU member states have national, research-data related policies in place
  • The majority of these policies are owned by – or heavily involved – national research funders; and thus, generally focus on expectations for grant recipients.
  • Policies generally took effect between 2009 and 2017 – with a clear upswing in activity during recent years

The study’s main author, DCC’s Martin Donnelly, said: “We are delighted with the degree of community input and engagement that has enabled us to keep this analysis up to date. Despite the variances in scope and detail noted across the policies, the overall direction of travel as regards European Open Data policy seems clear, and we trust that the countries of the EU – and the wider European Research Area – will continue to collaborate and benchmark in order to serve the ultimate goal of research: the accretion and propagation of the sum (and parts) of human knowledge.”

Download the report here.

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DMPonline evolves - new release with new themes imminent!

We’re very close to the first official DMPRoadmap MVP release. We pushed this out to test and did a demo of new features at IDCC last week. The DMPTool has migrated to the new code already and we are set to push into production next week!

This news item is to alert UK admin users to the changes, specifically around the legacy guidance and how this has been migrated to new DMP themes.

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