DCC

A new phase, a new perspective, a new Director

As the DCC begins its third phase today, we are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Director, Kevin Ashley, who will succeed Chris Rusbridge upon his retirement in April 2010.

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The Digital Curation Centre: A new phase, a new perspective

On 1st March 2010 the Digital Curation Centre embarks on its third phase of evolution, following six years of development and consolidation.

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Digital Curation Centre User Survey 2009: Highlights

My colleague Angus Whyte has provided the following brief summary of two surveys carried out in Phases 1 and 2 of the Digital Curation Centre, in 2006 and 2009 respectively, as part of our evaluations. In retrospect, we might have done better revising the questions for the second survey rather more than we did; nevertheless I thought it worth while sharing this with you.

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Director, The Digital Curation Centre (DCC)

So, time to come fully out into the open, after various coy hints over the past week or so. I'm planning to retire around the start of DCC Phase 3. Adverts are starting to appear with the following text:"We wish to appoint a new Director to take the DCC forward into an exciting third phase, from March 2010. You must be a persuasive advocate for better management of research data on a national and international scale.

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Leadership opportunities

Those interested in leadership in Digital and Data Curation should keep an eye on the relevant UK press and lists over the next week or so for anything of interest...

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DCC web site and Linked Data

We at the DCC are in the early stages of refreshing our web site (www.dcc.ac.uk). Nothing you can see yet, but we're talking to a few consultants about what and how we can do better. The ones we have spoken to so far seem pretty clued up on content management systems, and even on web 2.0 approaches. But questions about the role of the Semantic Web or Linked Data get blank looks.

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How can Social Bookmarking tools support community resource building?

In the DCC we are trying to work out ways that we can present tools to the community that help you to help us, to help you. The most primitive example of this would be the use of email lists: having identified some issue, we ask a question on a list, and use feedback from list members to develop our response to the issue. But we want to go further; just not sure how.In this post I want to explore two use cases where social bookmarking tools might be helpful, and to seek advice on how to take these ideas forward. The two cases are:

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DCC Evaluation survey

We, the DCC, would like your help in evaluating our performance, and to refine our portfolio of products and services and better meet your needs. If you'd like to help then please take a moment to fill in our public survey at: <http://www.dcc.ac.uk/adding/public_survey/>As a small token of our appreciation, we are offering one lucky entrant the chance to win an iPod nano (competition rules apply).

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OAIS revision moving forward?

Just over a year ago, in late August 2007 I wondered what was happening with the required review of the Open Archival Information System standard, which was announced in June 2006, and for which comments closed in October 2006. Well, there is at last some movement.

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New issue of International Journal of Digital Curation

I am very pleased to announce the publication of Volume 3, Issue 1 of the International Journal of Digital Curation, at http://www.ijdc.net/ This is the largest issue so far, including 9 peer-reviewed papers and 8 articles. My thanks to all the contributors, and to Richard Waller for his excellent editorial work. Papers (Peer-reviewed)

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