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.

A day of pre-conference (5th International Digital Curation Conference) workshops followed by a drinks reception.

Based on practical research and developed jointly by the DigitalPreservationEurope and Digital Curation Centre, 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.

In collaboration with DigitalPreservationEurope we are pleased to announce the official launch of the Data Audit Framework (DAF) and Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) Interactive Online tools.

Following our 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 goal of this one-day workshop was to advance the identification of core educational requirements based on the initial work done by Professor Helen Tibbo and her team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The aim of this event is to help us learn more about the e-Science perspective on data curation, as well as to give e-Science practitioners an opportunity to influence both the ongoing and future work of the DCC. With an emphasis on data sharing, this workshop - which is by invitation only - will focus on real examples of data curation challenges and solutions from within the e-Science community, and consist of presentations, demonstrations and discussion.

This one-day workshop will be run over two sessions. The morning session will encompass two case studies, based around the broad themes of an institutional and national perspective on managing preservation and the users perspective on preservation-related issues. These will be supported by an introduction to the DCC Curation Lifecycle Model and group discussions on the placement of project outputs in this model.

In conjunction with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the Repositories Support Project (RSP), and JISC we are organising this joint workshop to bring together key stakeholders, the repository managers and preservation experts, at a practical focussed event to talk together and share perspectives, requirements, problems and solutions. It is hoped that the workshop will lead to collective recommendations for what the next moves for repository managers and preservation specialists should be to provide practical focussed support, services and tools.

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.

Workshop Materials

Part One

  • The CIDOC CRM, a Standard for the Integration of Cultural Information Martin Doerr, Steve Stead View PowerPoint slides [1.49MB]

Part Two

This one-day workshop provided a useful overview of legal considerations for non-legal professionals who work with data. The day comprised talks by experts in the areas of intellectual property rights and licensing; data protection, freedom of information and privacy; and data as evidence.