data management

SCONUL Focus 56 newsletter now available

Issue 56 of the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Focus newsletter contains a number of intersting pieces relating to research data management.

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Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Chemists

A new Jisc funded study on the scholarly practices of academic chemists has been released by Ithaka S+R . The study covers themes such as data management, research collaboration, library use, discovery, publication practices, and research funding.

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IDCC13: What’s in a name? The ‘data scientist’ symposium

The IDCC symposium this year was on ‘What is a data scientist?’ After some shuffling of chairs, Liz Lyon opened proceedings with a quick show of hands on who thought they were a data engineer, data analyst, data librarian, data steward, data journalist or data publisher? Data librarian and data steward got the biggest response, but would these people call themselves data scientists? Or are there other terms they would use?

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IDCC13: Bringing people together via DMPs

A blog post on the DMP workshop at IDCC 13 in Amsterdam.

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New resources

There have been loads of useful links circulated recently. As an aide-memoire and signpost to others who may have missed them, here's a quick summary.

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10 recommendations to get started with research data management

Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management, Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard et al, (July, 2012) This is a breath of fresh air. An EU report that does exactly what it says on the tin - in only 3 pages! The LIBER e-Science working group held three workshops at conferences in 2011-2012. Their final report very succinctly summarises the findings of these and gives 10 prioritised recommendations.

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Librarians, data management and listening dogs

DCC staff were at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress last week. The conference was vast, welcoming over 4,200 librarians to Helsinki and addressing all manner of library concerns. The programme included a number of sessions relevant to data management on the days we attended. Highlights are provided below.

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ANDS & the DCC

After giving a presentation on DMPonline at the Future Perfect conference, Martin and I visited ANDS staff in the Canberra and Mebourne offices.  We had some great discussions, sharing common ground and learning from each other's lessons.

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Is the Future Perfect?

The overriding message from the Future Perfect conference was that the future is not perfect!  There are lots of digital preservation challenges that we're still grapling with, but on a more optimistic note, we *are* making headway.

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New lineup for Northeast England roadshow

Some places remain for the DCC Northeast England Roadshow in Newcastle upon Tyne, 23-24 April.

The event is being held at the Darwin Suite, 3rd Floor Bioscience Centre, Times Square, Newcastle

The programme has an exciting range of speakers who will share examples of developing research data management services and infrastructure. Registrants can sign up for either or both days of this free event.

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