Research Data Management Forum (RDMF): The Next Phase

In late 2013 we ran a short survey, seeking the views of the RDMF community on the future shape of this series of events. This blog gives an overview of the outcomes of this exercise.

The three-point summary:

  1. You told us that the RDMF events are highly valued by the community, and that the DCC should continue to run them. For our part, we’re very happy to continue to do so.
  2. The consensus was that two meetings per year was the optimum frequency. Location-wise, there was most support for moving the event around the UK, with the proviso that locations should, where possible, be easy to access from all corners of the country. With this in mind, we expect to be organising two events per year: a one-day event in London (as the place with the best transport connections) each Spring, and an overnight event elsewhere in the late Summer / early Autumn.
  3. There were multiple requests that we consider organising special webinar-style events; we’ll be investigating these over the course of 2014.

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DCC curation webinar: Customising DMPonline

The DCC are pleased to announce that we will shortly be launching a new series of free online training sessions which will take place throughout the spring and summer. These brief sessions will last for one hour and will provide participants with an introduction to some of the current issues, some examples of emerging good practice, and an overview of tools and approaches.


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IDCC14 - Poster Preview

We have had an amazing response to our call for posters and are now able to offer a preview of those that will be on display at IDCC14.

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IDCC14 keynote speaker interviews

Check out our series of preview interviews with keynote speakers, including: Dr Fran Berman, the Edward G. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Atul Butte, Chief of the Division of Systems Medicine and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at Stanford University; and Trisha Cruse, Director of the University of California Curation Center at the California Digital Library (CDL) and co-organiser of IDCC14.  


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IJDC's new policy on data

From January 2014, the International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC) will require authors to include data citations in their submissions wherever applicable. The journal will also require them to place their data in a custodial environment where it will be preserved for an appropriate period, given a permanent and resolvable identifier, and made available as openly as possible.

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IDCC14 - Programme update

The Peer review process has been completed and details of all the accepted papers have now been added to the programme.

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DMPonline v.4 launches

We're pleased to announce that the DCC has just launched a new and improved version of DMPonline, our web-based tool for creating Data Management Plans.

This new release marks a major progression in terms of usability. The evaluation showed that users had difficulties creating a mental model of how the tool worked. We’ve simplified the concepts behind the tool and responded to requests to shorten the DCC Checklist and ask funder questions directly instead.

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