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LIASA webinar

Brief report on a webinar given by Joy Davidson and Sarah Jones to the LIASA HELIG community.

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SCONUL Focus 56 newsletter now available

Issue 56 of the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Focus newsletter contains a number of intersting pieces relating to research data management.

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Librarians, data management and listening dogs

DCC staff were at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress last week. The conference was vast, welcoming over 4,200 librarians to Helsinki and addressing all manner of library concerns. The programme included a number of sessions relevant to data management on the days we attended. Highlights are provided below.

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Re-skilling for research - observations on an RLUK report

The Preface to this new RLUK report opens by declaring how it “is clear that as the nature of research within our institutions changes, so must the role of the library in supporting research”.

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Ariadne Issue 64 highlights issues in data curation

Ariadne Issue 64, published today, contains a number of articles of particular interest to those concerned with research data curation.

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U.S. Research Libraries leading the way in Support Services?

A new report E-Science and Data Support Services: A Study of ARL Member Institutions from the U.S. Association of Research Libraries provides a snapshot portrait of institutions' services to support e-research and data curation. The report is published on the ARA website.

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Business intelligence for research data curation?

Gaining business intelligence from user activity data was the topic of a JISC workshop I attended this week – and a hot topic if the activity of JISC programme managers is anything to go by. I counted five, plus a large contingent of JISC service people, and of course Deputy Chair Professor David Baker who chaired this event. 

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Libaries of the Future event

I attended the JISC Libraries of the Future event last Thursday, and in the end quite enjoyed it. I was glad it was late starting, as I managed to get myself lost on the way from the station (RTFM, Chris!). Maybe I was too hot and bothered to pay the right kind of attention, but I’m afraid I found most of the presentations rather too bland for my taste.

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Martin Lewis on University Libraries and data curation

Martin Lewis opened the second day of the International Digital Curation Conference with a provocative and amusing keynote on the possible roles of libraries in curating data. It was very early, with his presentation [large PPT] starting at 8:40 am, and the audience after the conference dinner in the splendid environs of Edinburgh Castle was unsurprisingly thin. However, absentees missed an entertaining and thought-provoking start to the day.

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