Because good research needs good data


DCC workshops may combine case studies, presentations and/or interactive breakout sessions to explore some of the more complex issues affecting digital curators today.

The purpose of the workshop was to consider how best to meet the challenge of managing research data in UK Universities. Participants were informed of progress made under the JISC MRD Programme to examine researchers’ data management requirements and improve planning in a number of academic and institutional contexts. The objective was to discuss the detail of the projects’ discoveries and to consider the more general landscape and initiatives required.

Funding bodies increasingly require grant-holders to produce data management plans (DMPs). The DCC has created DMPonline, a web-based tool which draws upon an analysis of funders' requirements to enable researchers to create and export customisable DMPs, both at the grant application stage and during the project's lifetime.

The tool will be demonstrated by Martin Donnelly and Sarah Jones of the Digital Curation Centre at 13.50 - 14.05 on 13 April in the Demo Pod of Lounge 2 (Promoting Institutional Effectiveness)

In co-operation with the Strategic Content Alliance (SCA), the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) we delivered this two-day workshop to help establish more effective digital curation and preservation networks of support across the UK and between domains of public sector activity.

This was a meeting of researchers and stakeholders in data service provision to discuss curation issues raised in our SCARP case study on the roles and re-usability of video data in social studies of interaction. This event aimed to raise mutual awareness of research communities' practices and needs for archiving, sharing and re-using digital video data; and identify how local and national research data services may contribute to the infrastructure for video data curation.

In co-operation with the International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) and Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK, we held a workshop on Automated Document Genre Classification. This workshop was intended as a brainstorming session for building a research agenda for automated genre classification, identification and recognition that will enhance and support work flows within:

Following our initial DCC workshop on Developing an International Curation and Preservation Training and Education Roadmap held in May 2008 in Washington D.C., a working group has been set up to identify opportunities to progress international data curation training and education development.

The majority of scientific research is carried out through short-term, funded projects. Accordingly, principle investigators and researchers must constantly be on the lookout for new funding opportunities to continue their research activity. This, coupled with often limited staffing resources, has meant that data management and curation activities have not generally been given a high priority within research projects.

This workshop aims to introduce professionals charged with planning preservation and curation activities on the use of a lifecycle methodology. Participants will learn how to use, and customise, the DCC Curation Lifecycle Model to help define and develop curation or preservation workflows and activities within their organisation or consortium. The workshop will explain how to use the model to build granular functionality, to define roles and responsibilities, and build an implementable framework of standards and technologies.

Based on practical research and developed jointly by ourselves and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE), DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment) provides a methodology for self-assessment of digital preservation repositories. The toolkit, now available as an interactive online audit tool, has been evaluated and applied across a diverse range of organisations such as national libraries, scientific data centres and archives. Together with DPE, we are running this series of courses to train new DRAMBORA auditors.