FAIRsFAIR: THE FAIR data hub addressing the data culture change in Europe

On 14th March 2019, the DCC team were in Amsterdam to participate in the launch of the H2020 funded FAIRsFAIR initiative which we'll be partnering on for the next three years. FAIRsFAIR aims to to  contribute towards the culture change needed to increase the production and use of data that are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) in the European Open Science Cloud.


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RDMF revisited - unconference style

It’s been a while (16 months in fact!) since the DCC held an RDMF, and we’ve had a few requests from the community to provide a space for discussing challenges and sharing lessons on providing research data support. Hot on the heels of a trial at IDCC in Melbourne, we’re going to bring back the RDMF in an unconference format.

Puit 9th April in Manchester in your calendar now. Registration will open later in the week.

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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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Variety in RDM requirements, a curse or the spice of life?

A report from the 'requirements' breakout discussion at RDMF14, the Research Data Management Forum event in York 9-10th November 2015.

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From RDMF5 to RDMF12: How the world has changed…

A guest blog post from Catherine Jones of STFC, reflecting on changes undergone between the 2010 and 2014 RDMF events...

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RDMF12: notes from breakout group 4 (Tracking Uses)

RDMF12: break-out group on Tracking Usage of Research Data The topic of the break-out group was "Tracking uses: who uses/reuses data (in academia and industry), and what do they use it for?"

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RDMF12: notes from breakout group 3 (Crossing Boundaries)

"Crossing boundaries: How do we cope with crossing institutional boundaries to communicate with systems we can’t control?" This breakout group was proposed and chaired by Jez Cope, Research Data Support Manager at Imperial College London. Jez began by outlining his motivation for proposing the topic, namely a recent conversation with an astrophysicist who needs to process data originating from multiple facilities, in different parts of the world, and the challenges presented in capturing this in an institutional data catalogue.

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RDMF11: notes from breakout group 1

Report from RDMF Breakout Group 1: “How can we introduce RDM into researchers’ workflows and save them time/effort?” Stephen Grace, University of East London (chair)

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RDMF11: overview report and link to slides

The eleventh DCC-organised Research Data Management Forum event was held in London on June 20th, taking the theme of “Workflows and Lifecycle Models for Research Data Management”. Keynote speaker, the University of Manchester’s Professor Carole Goble gave a typically sparkling and wide-ranging opening to the event, addressing “The Beauty of Models… and Workflows” as well as the importance of recording and sharing methods.

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Research Data Management Forum (RDMF): The Next Phase

In late 2013 we ran a short survey, seeking the views of the RDMF community on the future shape of this series of events. This blog gives an overview of the outcomes of this exercise.

The three-point summary:

  1. You told us that the RDMF events are highly valued by the community, and that the DCC should continue to run them. For our part, we’re very happy to continue to do so.
  2. The consensus was that two meetings per year was the optimum frequency. Location-wise, there was most support for moving the event around the UK, with the proviso that locations should, where possible, be easy to access from all corners of the country. With this in mind, we expect to be organising two events per year: a one-day event in London (as the place with the best transport connections) each Spring, and an overnight event elsewhere in the late Summer / early Autumn.
  3. There were multiple requests that we consider organising special webinar-style events; we’ll be investigating these over the course of 2014.

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