How can the DCC help funding bodies, national data centres, learned societies and professional bodies?

Responsible for developing policy guidelines and standards for UK research infrastructure, DCC helps you fulfil your outreach objectives by delivering your message to a national and international audience. We work across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, reaching the communities engaged with digital research issues and supporting their needs for advice. Our Data Management Planning tool, for example, helps researchers and data managers work with the relevant funding body guidelines at the proposal stage… and beyond that to safeguard the investment in research assets throughout the research lifecycle.

DCC is active in formulating curricula for data management training. We are involved in the working group on Information-Handling, coordinated by RIN, established to promote a more strategic national approach to HE researchers’ training. We work with institutions to ‘train the trainer’, enabling them to tailor introductory courses for their postgraduate education and professional development needs.

We also work with funders and other national organisations to channel advice on relevant standards and infrastructure developments. We regularly report on new developments in our News and Blogs pages, and have a focus on policy and legal aspects. Tools Catalogue is a community-maintained information source including, for example, standards for data description and documentation, also the subject of Standards Watch papers.

DCC will help you track emerging trends through regular events including the Research Data Management Forum workshops, and touring DCC roadshow events, involving regional stakeholders from policy, research and data backgrounds. Our conference (International Digital Curation Conference) also involves the research policy community as well as data specialists. Online, we host discussion through the DCC Associates network email list.

We can work collaboratively with you to produce awareness-level short briefings, ‘working knowledge’ level how-to guides and more in-depth Curation Reference Manual chapters. Many deal with legal, ethical and social aspects of research data management, or at least touch on them. As our case studies have found, issues affecting research communities such as peer review and public engagement are as important to data management as the technical aspects.

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