DCC News

Job - consultancy lead at DCC

We've got a new job opening at the DCC following the departure of Martin Donnelly, our consultancy lead, to take up a post in Research Data Services in Edinburgh. We're looking for someone to join us who will take the lead in our programme of consultancy. This is a senior role and also offers wider opportunities to engage in other areas that we're active in.

We aim to get 20% - 30% of our annual income from consultancy activity. Historically this has been highly varied, from short reports that take up a few days time of one individual to extended programmes that utilise multiple members of staff over periods of a year or more. It involves organisations around the world and stretches well beyond academia. Keeping a steady stream of consultancy activity requires outreach and innovative thinking from the person who will take up this role. You will work with the DCC Director and other area leads to decide on opportunities to pursue, allocate staff to consultancy engagements and manage the overall progress of the programme.

Depending on your skills and interests you'll spend time on other areas of DCC activity as well. In recent months, these have included training  for universities and researchers in the UK, Japan, Malaysia, Norway and South Africa, and work 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, 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 UK time (UTC+1) on Tuesday August 28th. We expect interviews to be in the week commencing September 3rd, most likely on the 7th. To apply, you'll need to use the University of Edinburgh's online recruitment system. You will need existing experience in digital curation or research data management; consultancy experience is not necessary but is an advantage should you have it. For the right candidate, this is an ideal opportunity to broaden your knowledge and experience. We look forward to hearing from you.

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To the RDMF community...

Dear colleagues,

After ten years (and one week!) I will shortly be leaving the DCC to take on a new, more internally-focused role at Edinburgh, as manager of the university’s Research Data Support team. Before moving on, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the RDMF series of events, and invite you to share your own thoughts about it…

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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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Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

Courtesy of Stephanie Simms at CDL, here's our bi-monthly update on all things DMP

Our DMPTool and DMPonline services have been humming along with the same underlying code for a couple of months now. Since our MVP release, we’ve shifted gears to more regular sprints. We’re also pleasantly surprised by how eager the wider DMP community has been to join forces in migrating, translating, and even contributing new features already! Here’s a brief retrospective and a glimpse into the future.

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Helping train RDM service providers through our upcoming MOOC

Since most training in RDM is focussed on the researcher rather than the research support staff, we, together with RDNL, decided to put together a MOOC to train research support staff. Here's how we're getting on and what we're planning.

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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!
 
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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