Because good research needs good data

Data Librarians and IT Service Managers

Responsible for implementing data policies, guidelines or infrastructure for a repository or data centre service, whether for your institution, a broader collaboration or subject-based data centre, we can help you track data policies, and communicate the big picture of how curation roles fit together.

If your own role involves working with Senior Research Managers to develop your institution’s policy, we can help with a policy framework developed in the ERIS project, and point you to resources to help in planning data management and preservation.

DCC synthesises and filters specialist advice on managing research data services. We provide awareness-level short briefings and working knowledge in the form of how-to guides. More advanced methods to ensure data is accessible and reusable are covered in chapters of the Curation Reference Manual. These should help to identify your requirements; we help you find data management and preservation tools relevant to these needs through our catalogue of tools and resources, an evolving community resource.

To help you track this rapidly evolving service area we regularly provide events to share views and experiences ranging from DCC Roadshows to the Research Data Management Forum, and annual International Digital Curation Conference. Online, we provide news and blogs and host the JISC Research Data Management list. The DCC Associates list and case studies will also help you gain from experiences of others.

The DCC Curation Lifecycle Model is the leading framework for planning and managing curation and for our Data Management Planning tool. This helps researchers and data managers comply with funding body guidelines at the proposal stage. It can similarly inform your outreach work and staff development along with our briefings and how-to guides. The Curation 101 course is our starter for those new to curation. We can also help you tailor it to your own institution’s needs with Train the Trainer courses.

Maximising impact from research is partly about sharing all research assets more openly. Balancing that against IPR and other concerns requires guidance on how to licence data, and we profile data sharing experiences in various fields in the open science case studies. We also provide briefings on Freedom of Information (FOI) and other legal aspects of curation.

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