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DCC Forum: Comment on Conference best paper

There is a Conference theme over on the DCC Forum. However, despite its RSS feed, it doesn't appear to be quite in the blogosphere, so I thought I would post some quotes from it here. Bridget Robinson announced the best paper selection (it gets a star spot in the programme):

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Two fundamentally different views on data curation

A few months ago, we interviewed two scientists for two quite different posts in the DCC. Both were from a genomics background, and I was very struck by how strongly held, but from my point of view how narrow, was their view of curation. As a result, I’m beginning to realise that there are two fundamentally different approaches to data curation

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IJDC again

At the end of July I reported on the second issue of the International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC), and asked some questions:

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OAIS review: what's happening?

In June 2006, there was an announcement:

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Proportion of research output as data or publication?

My colleague Graham Pryor asks in an email:"Chris - I have been looking for evidence of the proportion of UK research output that can be categorised as scholarly publications and that which is in the form of data. I have found nothing. It is quite possible that no-one has ever tried to work this out. However, on the off-chance, is this a figure (even an estimate) that you might have come across?"

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IJDC Issue 2

I am very happy that Issue 2 of the International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC) is now out. This open access journal issue contains 7 peer-reviewed papers and 7 general articles.I am listed as editor, and did write the editorial, but Richard Waller of UKOLN did all the hard editorial work, in between his day job on Ariadne. Not to mention our authors, of course! My heartfelt thanks to all concerned.

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Digital Curation Conference: Remember the Call for Papers

There is less than 3 weeks to go before the Call for Papers for the 3rd International Digital Curation Conference closes, on 15 August 2005. I do want to encourage researchers to submit research papers on digital curation to this conference. We had a good set of papers last year in Glasgow, and we are hoping for an even stronger field this year, when the Conference will be held in Washington DC.

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Question on approaches to curating textual material

Dave Thompson, Digital Curator at the Wellcome Library asked a question on the Digital Preservation list (which is not well set up for discussion just now). I've replied, but we agreed I would adapt my reply for the blog for any further discussion that might emerge."I'm looking for arguments for and against when, and if, digital material should be normalised. I'm thinking about the long term management of textual material in proprietary formats such as MS Word. I see three basic approaches on which I'm seeking the lists comments and thoughts.

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Subject "versus" institutional repositories

There's a concept in maths called "closed but unbounded". I'm not sure it's exactly to the point (I hope that's a pun), but "subjects" seem a bit like that. You can be pretty sure about most of the stuff that's not in a subject (or "domain"), and most of the stuff that is in it, but you can be very puzzled about some of the edges, and can find yourself in some extremely surprising discussions at times about parts of subjects that challenge most of the ideas you had. So subjects turn out to be very un-bounded.

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Open Data Licensing: is your data safe?

Over on the Nodalities blog, Rob Styles wrote about some of the aspects of open data licensing, and the tricky questions of copyright versus database right. OK, yawn. Let me put that another way… over on the Nodalities blog, Rob Styles writes about whether you can make your data openly accessible on the web without getting totally ripped off in the process. A bit less of a yawn?One key quote:

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