DCC News

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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The next generation of data scientists

The last two weeks have seen the first CODATA/RDA Research Data Science school in South America. This post explains more about the initiative, what we hope to achieve and how you can get involved.

Image credits:

Data scientist group photo and Student helpers CC-BY by Rob Quick

Data reuse lab photos CC-BY by Sarah Jones

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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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IDCC18 - Workshop Registration is now open

We are pleased to announce that our exciting IDCC18 workshop programme is now open for registration.

Workshops will be held on Monday 19 February and Thursday 22 February 2018.

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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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