Because good research needs good data


Monday 5th December

Morning (9am - 12:30pm)

Workshop 1

Data for Impact: Can research assessment create effective incentives for best practice in data sharing?

The workshop will focus on how the existing set of data publication tools can enable the tracking and aggregation of evidence of good data dissemination practice by both researchers and their institutions and investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in including data dissemination and curation and measurable activities in large scale research assessment activities. The workshop is driven by the conviction that by measuring and describing data publication activities and including them in national assessments, research institutions and funders can provide direct incentives that will drive the adoption of best practice by the researchers they fund and support.


Kaitlin Thaney (Digital Science), Mark Hahnel (FigShare),  Daniel Hook (Symplectic Ltd.), Brian Hole (Ubiquity Press), Heather Piwowar (Dryad, Total Impact),Mark Thorley (NERC)

9.00 - 10.00 Unpacking "Impact" (10 minutes each)
   - Incentives and Behaviour - Kaitlin Thaney
   - Assessment - Daniel Hook
   - Investment - Mark Thorley
   - Publication and Citation - Brian Hole
   - Visibility - Mark Hahnel
   - Measurement - Heather Piwowar
10.00 - 11.00 Is it too late for 2014? (Panel and discussion)
In the UK, it's almost impossible to discuss impact without referring the the Research Excellence Framework ("REF", for short), the leading system for assessing quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It's intended to measure researcher contributions and their impact, but has struggled in terms of its breadth when it comes to extending beyond paper-based metrics. The next REF is set to be completed by 2014, and university administrators and researchers are already thinking of how they will be rated amongst their peers and other institutions. 
This panel will look at not only how we can move beyond these analog measurements, but also at how feasible enacting these changes is before the completion of the next exercise. Or is it too late? 
11.00 - 11.20 Coffee
11.20 - 12.30 Low Hanging Fruit (Discussion groups)  

Cost: Free

Workshop 2

Delivering post-graduate research data management training

A number of recent projects in the UK and US have addressed the gap in postgraduate training for PhD and other post-graduate students in research data management and planning. Workshop contributors will lead delegates through a narrative and interactive programme covering key lessons learned from their project experience.

  • Robin Rice - Research Data MANTRA, University of Edinburgh, UK [pdf]
  • Sue Childs, DATUM for Health, Northumbria University, UK [pdf]
  • Anna Collins, DataTrain, University of Cambridge, UK [pdf]
  • Stephen Gray, CAIRO, University of Bristol, UK [pdf]
  • Rebecca Koskela, Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE), University of New Mexico, USA [pdf]
  • Laura Molloy, DaMSII (Data Management Skills and Support Initiative), DCC & RIN, University of Glasgow, UK [pdf]


  • 9:00 - 9:05  Welcome
  • 9:05 – 9:20  Round the room introductions
  • 9:20 – 10:10  Projects Introduction: Panel
  • 10:10 – 10:45  Breakout session
  • *         Breakout A: Creating and repurposing discipline-specific learning materials
  • *         Breakout B: Modes of delivery (Face-to-face, online, etc.)
  • *         Breakout C: Engagement with postgraduate training programmes
  • 10:45 – 11:05  Coffee break
  • 11:05 - 11:20  Report back from breakout groups
  • 11:20 – 11:55  Projects Commentary on Breakout topics: Panel
  • 11:55 – 12:05  Recommendations from the DAMSSI Project
  • 12:05 – 12:30 Discussion

Cost: £50

 Afternoon (1:30pm - 5pm)

Workshop 3

Community Capability Model for Data Intensive Research


Intended audience: researchers, digital repository managers, staff from library, information and research organisations, data curators, data centre managers, data scientists, research funding organisations and research networks.

Project Overview

Microsoft Research Connections and UKOLN are working in partnership on a new project to develop a Capability Model Framework for Data-Intensive Research, building upon the principles described in The Fourth Paradigm.  This workshop aims to assess, evaluate and refine a proposed Community Capability Model Framework (CCMF) which reflects a series of capability factors or parameters including technological aspects (such as adoption of common data infrastructures, standards, formats and ontology) and social aspects (such as collaborative approaches, open engagement and socio-legal issues).  The ultimate aim is to provide a framework that is useful to various stakeholders, such as researchers, institutions and funders, in modelling a range of disciplinary and community behaviours with respect to the adoption, usage, development and exploitation of e-infrastructure for data-intensive research.

The workshop will focus on evaluating and refining the proposed CCMF which comprises a series of capability factors, an associated set of metrics, taxonomy of terms, a supporting set of visualisations and a set of case studies.

Project website:


This workshop will focus on research practice and include a mix of presentations, breakout groups and discussion, and will allow time for networking and collaboration. This will involve:

  1. Presentation of the proposed CCMF, incorporating a series of capability factors, an associated set of metrics, taxonomy of terms, a supporting set of visualisations and a set of case studies;
  2. Evaluating the model from the perspective of different stakeholders;
  3. Refining the model to improve it and make it more useful to end-users;


  1. Participants will have an understanding of the developing CCMF and the methodology by which it has been derived;
  2. Participants will have provided direct input and feedback for detailed development of the framework;
  3. The framework will be ready for detailed development to help meet the needs of the community.
  • 13.15    Introduction
  • 13.20    CCMF Capability Factors
  • 14.00    Presentations
  •             * Community Exemplar: DataONE
  •             * CCM Case Study: University of Bath
  • 15.00    Coffee break
  • 15.20    Group work: Gathering CCM Requirements - What should the model provide? Exploring decision-making in supporting data-intensive research.
  • 16.30    Feedback Session, Discussion & Next Steps
  • 17.00    Close  

Cost: Free


Workshop 4

Data Management Planning Workshop

A discussion and analysis of recent trends and developments in data management planning on both sides of the Atlantic, with the people behind DMP Tool (USA) and DMPonline (UK).


DCC / DMPonline: Martin Donnelly (University of Edinburgh), Sarah Jones (University of Glasgow), Adrian Richardson (University of Edinburgh)

DMP Tool: Sherry Lake (University of Virginia), Bill Michener (DataONE at University of New Mexico), Sarah Shreeves (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Full programme is available here 

Update: The slides from the workshop are available here

Cost: Free


Workshop 5

Data reuse - how can metadata stimulate reuse

Datasets underpin research and are increasingly recognised as assets to be shared and reused. Libraries, who traditionally play an important role as mediators of research publications, are now exploring their role in assisting the research community in the data landscape. New services being developed by libraries vary from provision of data storage to creation of new ontologies and tools for digital preservation.

The LIBER e-science group will organize four workshops addressing different views on the role libraries may play in the area of e-science. Two of the workshops will address strategic and managerial issues such as partnerships, service models and organisational consequences. Two further workshops will be more technical, addressing topics such as structure, interoperability and machine-usability. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic, with attendees being encouraged to take part in discussion and benefiting from talks on practical experiences. The outcome will be a report based on the results of the four workshops.

The first workshop took place in Barcelona and addressed partnerships. This is the second workshop and the focus is on re-use of data, more specifically the description, which makes the data discoverable and reusable.


  • 13:30 - 13:45 opening, Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard
  • 13:45 - 14:15 keynote: David Giaretta, Director Alliance for Permanent Access
  • 14:15 - 15:15 speaker sessions:
  • R.T.A.M. Grim, University of Tilburg, Open Data Foundation
  • David Reynolds, semantic web & data
  • Karen Morgenroth, CISTI, will present Datacite
  • 15:15 - 17:00 Workshop


3 working groups will be established addressing three subjects:

* Infrastructure and access to research data (open access, open source and open data).

* Technical aspects of privacy, digital identity and digital rights management for research data.

* The support of cross- and multidisciplinary research (data, one size fits all). And underlying it all - what is the role for libraries

Each working group will produce a poster. One member stays with the poster, the others circulate to the other working groups to ask questions and/or discuss the outcomes. The 'poster guardians' report back in a plenary session but just to mention conclusions or final observations.

17:00 - 17:30 closing keynote

***Registration is free for the first 15 places - after that the cost is £50***


Thursday 8th December

Morning (9am - 12:30pm)

Workshop 6

On the importance of linking: Planning, provenance and citation

A joint workshop between the JISC-funded SRF (UMF) and WebTracks (Data Management) projects, this workshop will present approaches and solutions to linking up associated research data and information.

Presentations will illustrate the power of creating linked open data "at source" in the laboratory and then demonstrate the potential for discovery, re-use and further contextualisation through exposing data and information in this form. There will be a particular emphasis on the importance of planning research activities so that the provenance record of linked objects is constructed as they are created during the execution of an experiment - a vital contributor to the curation of a whole research activity.


  • 9:00       Welcome

  • 9:10       Elizabeth Newbold (British Library)

  • 9:35       Managing data, publishing data, citing data, describing data -David Shotton (Oxford)

  • 10:00      Webtracks - Shirley Crompton(STFC)

  • 10:25      Citing Datasets and Linking Them to Publications - Alex Ball (UKOLN)

  • 11:00      Coffee

  • 11:20      Sean Barker (BAE)

  • 11:45      Smart Research Framework Project - Jeremy Frey

  • 12:10      Demos

  • 12:30      Workshop ends

Cost: FREE

 Afternoon (1:30pm - 5pm)

Workshop 7

Towards an Economic Sustainability Reference Model for digital information curation?

This workshop will help develop the draft reference model for economically sustainable digital curation.

There is a growing understanding that threats to the persistence of digital assets are often economic rather than technical in nature. Economic risks arise from the problems of allocating scarce resources to sustaining digital assets. Until recently, the economics of digital curation was a neglected topic in the literature. This gap was filled by the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (BRTF), Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet[i]. This report explained how achieving economic sustainability is complicated by the difficulty in coordinating benefits, incentives to preserve, and roles and responsibilities across the community of stakeholders attached to a particular set of digital assets. 

In imagining ways to build on the foundations established by the BRTF report, an obvious path forward is to translate the concepts, findings, and recommendations of the report into a resource that is of practical value to economic decision-makers. The report, in its original form, is a lengthy narrative that requires a significant investment of time and effort to fully digest. 

A reference model for economically sustainable digital curation is being developed. It defines the notion of a sustainability strategy; highlights the key concepts planners must take into account when designing that strategy; and enumerates the kinds of economic risks that the sustainability strategy should defend against. The reference model also includes an economic lifecycle model that assists in thinking through sustainability issues over the complete lifecycle for digital assets. The reference model aims to be domain-independent, and therefore applicable across a wide range of digital curation contexts. The draft reference model will have been circulated for public comment and feedback well before the workshop.

The reference model builds on the work of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access.

[i] BRTF-SDPA. (2010). Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information. (A. Smith Rumsey, Ed.). San Diego. Retrieved from

The current draft agenda aims to involve participants, and we hope participants will have read the draft reference model. The goal is to receive feedback to help us improve the model.
The work is accessible from our web pages at,
and the current latest draft is at

The agenda is as follows: (1.30pm-5pm)


  •  Introductions, preliminaries, technology fussing, etc. (15 minutes)

  •  Part 1: 90 minutes

  •  Presentation 1: Background (20 minutes)

  • ·         Recap of BRTF work

  • ·         Explanation of why the ref model is needed/the problem it solves

  • ·         Overview of model (current draft)

  •  Discussion; questions (10 minutes)

  •  Preparation for exercise (10 minutes)

  •  Exercise relating to use cases (50 minutes)

  •  Tea/Coffee (15 minutes)

  • Part 2: 90 minutes

  •  Discussion: reflections on exercise (15 minutes)

  •  Presentation 2: Tools (15 minutes)

  •  Discussion (15 minutes)

  •  Conclusion: General discussion, including next steps (45 minutes)


Cost: FREE

Workshop 8 - Enhanced Publications: what are they and how can they improve scholarly communication?

* This workshop has been cancelled by the organisers. *

 Full Day (9am - 5pm)

Workshop 9

Domain names and persistence

Call for participation

Sponsored by the World Wide Web Consortium and the Digital Curation Centre


The vulnerability of any digital material to unexpected or unintended changes in Internet domain name assignment, and hence to the outcome of domain name resolution, is widely recognised. The fact that domain names are not permanently assigned is regularly cited as one of the main reasons why http: URIs cannot be regarded as persistent identifiers over the long term.

However, the claim that http: URIs are considered inadequately persistent is belied by widespread reliance on them in digital material that will undoubtedly persist, such as technical standards and research articles. As this practice continues - and it certainly will - it will become increasingly important as a matter of clarity, trust, and integrity to align Web governance, which currently specifies potential impermanence for domain name assignments, with practice. Either it needs to be brought about that at least some domain name assignments are universally recognised as persistent, and hence at least that vulnerability to http: URI persistence removed for URIs using them, or a credible alternative must be supplied. But attempts to establish permanent actionable URIs outside of the http: URI scheme have met with little success. It is therefore necessary to investigate the prospects for universal recognition of at least some permanent domain names.

This problem is particularly pressing for at least at least two constituencies in addition to the archival and curation community:

  • Those involved with the creation and maintenance of Web standards, as domain name resolution for certain key domains such as and plays a key role in the overall story of how the Web works.
  • Those involved with the creation of Web-actionable versions of non-Web persistent identifiers, who rely on indirection via http: URIs using domains such as or

This workshop is intended to bring together interested parties to explore the dimensions of the problem and possible directions in which to look for solutions.


  • 09:00 Henry Thompson: Intro / framing / rule-setting
  • 09:20 David-Sarah Hopwood: Zooko's triangle; .bit
  • 09:40 Phil Archer: Web/EGov perspective
  • 10:00 Gavin Brown: TLD perspective
  • 10:20 Hadley Beeman: SemWeb perspective
  • 10:40 BREAK: 10 minutes!
  • 10:50 Kevin Ashley: DCC perspective
  • 11:10 Sean Reilly: Handles &
  • 11:30 Norman Paskin: DOIs &
  • 11:50 Desiree Miloshevic: ICANN perspective
  • 12:10 Jonathan Rees: What any persistent identifier system has to do
  • 12:30 LUNCH: 1 hour
  • 13:30 Organisers: Meta-discussion
  • 13:40 Tutti: Discussion as just determined
  • 15:00 BREAK: 20 minutes
  • 15:20 Organisers: Meta-discussion
  • 15:30 Tutti: Propose/agree action items: workshop report, plan another workshop, start fund-raising for a new persistent TLD, whatever
  • 17:00 STOP!

Cost: £80