Because good research needs good data


Our conference is supplemented by a rich programme of workshops. These events must be booked separately from the conference. You do not have to attend the conference in order to register for the workshops.

Workshop Registration

Workshop Programme

All the workshops will take place in the Quincentenary Conference Centre (QCC) at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicholson Street.

Monday 20 February 2017

Thursday 23 February 2017

Monday 20 February

Workshop Registration 08:15-09:00

Workshop 1 (Half Day am)

A postcard from the future: tools and services from a perfect DMP world - FULLY BOOKED  - Registration closed. Sorry!

09:00-12:30 hrs, Wofson Hall A

Free of charge, but by invite. Please contact us if you'd like to attend

Organisers: Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre and Stephanie Simms, UC3

Data Management Plans (DMPs) are becoming commonplace across the globe, but opportunities are being missed to make the best use of the data and truly support researchers’ practices. What are DMPs being created for? And how can we improve the experience for all involved? This workshop will address ideas for making DMPs machine-actionable and integrating them with other tools and services to embed the DMP in existing workflows. Brainstorming and discussion sessions will give participants an opportunity to help shape the future of DMP services.

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Workshop 2 (Half Day am)

Building Capabilities for Research Data Infrastructure and Services

09:00-13:00 hrs, Wolfson Hall B

Delegate Fee £55

Organisers: Jian Qin & Kevin Crowston - School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, Liz Lyon - School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Angus Whyte & Jonathan Rans - Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh

Capability modelling is an established business process management support tool, with proven value for planning products and service delivery. This tutorial and workshop is aimed at service managers, data stewards and others interested in applying them to help evaluate research data management (RDM) services and data stewardship practices. Participants will learn how to apply a model suited to their contexts, and gain awareness of how such tools may be further developed to represent evolving RDM community norms and guidelines, help services prepare for Trustworthy Digital Repository assessment, and inform skills and career development processes

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Workshop 3 (Half Day am)

Technical Appraisal of Complex Digital Objects in Evolving Environments - FULLY BOOKED  - Registration closed. Sorry!

09:00-12:30 hrs, GB Ong Room

Free of charge

Organisers: Simon Waddington, Jun Zhang & Christine Sauter - King's College, London & Johannes Biermann - Göttingen State and University Library

PERICLES (Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics) is a 4-year EU-funded FP7 project on digital preservation. The project has focused on case studies in the areas of digital media and art and space science. In each of these domains, in order to support long-term reuse, there is a requirement not just to preserve data files, but also the surrounding environment including software, documentation and associated hardware requirements. Such sets of objects and dependencies are termed complex digital objects.
This workshop will introduce a suite of tools developed during the PERICLES project in support of the on going management and mitigation of risks to the long-term reuse of digital objects.

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Workshop 4 (Half Day pm)

How EUDAT Services could support FAIR data - FULLY BOOKED  - Registration closed. Sorry!

14:00-17:30 hrs, Wolfson Hall A

Free of charge

Organisers: Marjan Grootveld, Data Archiving & Networked Services/ DANS; Yann le Franc, e-Science Data Factory;
Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre. Organised on behalf of the EUDAT project.

The FAIR data principles draw much attention but how to implement them in research workflows is far from obvious. In this workshop we relate the FAIR principles to EUDAT’s Service Suite. You will experiment with community metadata and with an annotation tool for curating and retrieving data. Community representatives will talk about their experiences with integrating EUDAT services into their workflow.

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Workshop 5 (Half Day pm)

Demonstrating the Value and Impact of Research Data Services - FULLY BOOKED  - Registration closed. Sorry!

Free of charge

13:30-17:00 hrs, GB Ong Room

Organisers: Neil Beagrie, Charles Beagrie Ltd; Mike Priddy, DANS and the Consortium of European Social Science Archives (CESSDA).

At this workshop, attendees will learn about how to apply the Cost-Benefit Advocacy Toolkit, the Capability Development Model, and the Archive Development Canvas (a variant of the Business Model Canvas) developed by the CESSDA Strengthening and Widening Project (CESSDA -SaW). It will be relevant to anyone involved in or interested in, demonstrating the value, impact and quality of research data services.

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Thursday 23 February

Workshop Registration 08:15-09:00

Workshop 6 (Half Day am)

OpenAIRE services and tools for Open Research Data in H2020 - FULLY BOOKED  - Registration closed. Sorry!

Free of charge

09:00 - 13:00 hrs, Wolfson Hall A

Organisers: The Helpdesk and Support and Training Officers of the OpenAIRE2020 project. Pedro Principe, University of Minho, Natalia Manola, University of Athens, Iryna Kuchma, EIFL and Anthony Ross-Hellauer, University of Göttingen.

The workshop aims to bring participants up to speed with the latest requirements of the H2020 Open Research Data initiative, to present OpenAIRE’s set of tools and services that allow researches and institutional stakeholders to carry out best practices relevant to research data management tasks, and to discuss future directions. More particularly, the workshop will focus on practical issues of storage and data sharing aspects, on how to select an appropriate data repository, on guidance for efficient data management plans, on the monitoring of contextualized (linked) research.

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Workshop 7 (Half Day pm)

International Activity in Research Data Management Education

Delegate Fee £52

13:30-17:30 hrs, Wolfson Hall A

Organisers: Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Robin Rice, University of Edinburgh; Dr. Nancy McGovern, MIT Libraries; William Kilbride, Executive Director, DPC

This workshop aims to present brief overviews of key international RDM education efforts with a synthesizing overview as well as seeking audience input regarding on-the-ground needs for researcher- and librarian-oriented guidance tools. The target audience for this workshop are individuals who are librarians/archivists supporting researchers in RDM; RDM educators; and researchers interested in learning about RDM training opportunities.

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Workshop 8 (Full Day)

Curating Digital Content with Fedora

09:00-17:00 hrs, Wolfson Hall B

Delegate Fee £90

Organiser: David Wilcox, DuraSpace

Fedora is a flexible, extensible, open source repository platform for curating digital content. Fedora is used in a wide variety of institutions including libraries, museums, archives, and government organizations. Participants will learn how to create and manage content in Fedora in accordance with linked data best practices, and how to search and run SPARQL queries against content in Fedora.




Workshop 9 (Full Day)

Essentials 4 Data Support: the Train-the Trainer version

Delegate Fee £70

09:00-16:00 hrs, GB Ong Room

Organisers: Ellen Verbakel, 4TU.Centre for Research Data & Marjan Grootveld, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)

More than 250 data supporters have already participated in ‘Essentials 4 Data Support’. Today you can learn how we made a popular blended training with rich online content, weekly assignments and expert speakers. This workshop is a must for every data supporter who wants to practice hands-on introducing and writing DMPs and making a data management stakeholder analysis before training others. 

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