DCC News

Managing Research Data (video)

This short documentary, Digital Curation Centre: Managing Research Data, offers a unique insight into the importance of providing access to research data and the risks of not managing data effectively. It also explains how the DCC could help researchers, research support staff and HE institutions by offering guidance, training and tools. 



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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!
Image: 'Fireworks' CC-BY-ND by bbtburnham

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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.

Front page image credit: Image CC-BY by twin-loc.fr

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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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New AHRC Data Management Plan template

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is making some significant changes to its research data policy implementation. From Monday 29th March 2018, it is removing its requirement for a Technical Plan and as such disbanding its Technical College. In its place will be a requirement to submit a Data Management Plan. This will be mandatory for all Research Grants, Follow on Funding and Leadership Fellows proposals.

There will be a period of crossover between Technical Plans and Data Management Plans when both plans are in the system. Any proposals that are being considered for submission should start using the Data Management Plan. As such, the DCC has added the new template to its DMPonline tool. Now, when you select the AHRC as your funder, two template options appear. We will retire the AHRC Technical Plan template when the new requirements are in force.

Homepage image credit: CC-0 'Template' by Marcu Iochim 

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Birds of a Feather IDCC 2018

Submit your topics for the Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions at IDCC 2018.

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Keynote lecture by Nancy McGovern at IDCC2018

Nancy McGovern, Director of Digital Preservation at MIT Libraries, will give closing keynote at IDCC 2018.

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Keynote lecture by Luis Martínez-Uribe at IDCC 2018

Luis Martínez-Uribe will open the second day of the conference, 21 February 2018.

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We're hiring - come and join us

We've got a new job opening at the DCC following the departure of Jonathan Rans, our training and skills lead, in November. We're looking for someone to join us in Edinburgh as a Research Data Specialist who will take the lead in our programme of skills development. The job, however, is about much more than training.

Depending on your skills and interests you'll spend time on other areas of DCC activity as well. In recent months, these have included consultancy for universities in the UK and Malaysia, for funders such as the ERC and Wellcome Trust and for UK national research facilities. We're also partners in European initiatives such as EOSCPilot, RDA Europe 4 and Openaire and run services such as DMPonline for customers around the world. There's also our annual conference, IDCC, Uk events such as the Research Data Management Forum and much more. We offer flexible working practices and a supportive working environment with a diverse and friendly team in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We encourage applications from all communities.

Applications close at 1700 GMT on Monday January 15th. We expect interviews to be in the week commencing February 5th. To apply, you'll need to use the University of Edinburgh's online recruitment system. If you already have experience in digital curation or research data management and experience of creating or delivering training, this is an ideal opportunity to broaden your knowledge and experience. We look forward to hearing from you.

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