DCC News

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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Keynote lecture by Professor Sabina Leonelli at IDCC 2018

Professor Sabina Leonelli will give keynote lecture on the first day of the conference, 20 February 2018.

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Roll up, roll up! Get yer DMP update here.

Last month saw a busy Active DMPs and Domain Repositories Interest Groups joint session at the RDA Plenary at Montreal. Two new working groups have been launched to advance work in this area: one on developing Common Standards for DMPs and another on Exposing DMPs. In addition, there are multiple active projects in this space including ezDMP, the University of Queensland’s Data Management Records approach, FAIRsharing and our own DMPRoadmap project. All the slides and notes from the RDA session are available from the session link above if you want to find out more. The working groups are just starting to get underway too, so please review their plans and contribute if you can.
 
We’ve been progressing the machine-actionable DMP agenda through the DMPRoadmap team too. With support from an RDA Europe collaboration award, we integrated the disciplinary Metadata Standards Directory (MSD) into the tool. Template administrators can choose the MSD as an answer format for metadata questions so users can browse the directory from within the tool. We’d love your feedback on this – both admins trialling it on templates and end users selecting standards. Can you find relevant standards easily? Is the functionality intuitive? Are there other features or additions you would like to see? Please try it out at https://dmponline-test.dcc.ac.uk and let us know.

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IDCC18 - Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the 13th International Digital Curation Conference has now been released along with details of the submission process, criteria and submission deadlines.

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DCC Glasgow on the move

After 13 years in HATII, DCC Glasgow is moving on to new digs in the University library

We’ll be part of Martina McChrystal’s team alongside Valerie McCutcheon’s Research Management group, the College Librarians and Acquisitions & Access. We’re really excited to be working more closely with the RDM and digital preservation teams, and look forward to exploring new collaborations across subject areas via the library’s central role.

Front page image: University Library CC-BY-SA by Open Glasgow

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DMPRoadmap summer camp news

This summer we’ve made solid progress toward our DMPRoadmap MVP, done oodles of outreach for machine-actionable DMPs, and addressed some DMPTool and DMPonline-specific items. Keep reading for the high-level highlights and what to expect in the coming months:

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