Because good research needs good data


 “To date there have been very few opportunities and, due to trust issues, little willingness for digital curation practitioners to exchange information relating to the cost of curation. The Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx) platform allows users to upload their curation costs and compare them with those of others in a secure, controlled fashion,” explains Alex Thirifays of the Danish National Archives who collated the report.

Programmes for the 3-day DCC roadshow have now been released, so take a look at the event page and see which day is relevant to you.

Day 1 is gives a general overview to the research data landscape.

Day 2 is targeted at senior managers who want to develop an institutional response to the data management challenge.

The JISC-funded ERIS project aims to enhance curation and preservation processes within institutions in order to build confidence amongst researchers in the longevity of repositories. As a first step, a survey was undertaken to collect information on the status of digital curation and preservation policies in Scottish HEIs. The survey, which did not identify any preservation policies endorsed at an institutional level, revealed that repositories are still relatively young, and that preservation is not yet amongst their highest priorities.

The fifth meeting of the DCC-RIN Research Data Management Forum will be held in Manchester on 27/28 October 2010.
The proposed theme for this event is the Economics of Applying and Sustaining Digital Curation.
More detailed information about the programme and registration process will follow in due course via the normal mailing lists and the DCC and RIN websites, but in the meantime you may wish to note these dates in your diaries.

We are very pleased to announce that a second State of the ART report from Alex Ball (a UKOLN-based DCC staff member) has been released, this time on Preservation and Curation in Institutional Repositories. It can be found under the Resources section of the DCC website, in the Technology Watch section of Briefing Papers.
View State of the ART report

On 1st March 2010 the Digital Curation Centre embarks on its third phase of evolution, following six years of development and consolidation.Great strides have been made, but the pervasive establishment of good data curation practice across the UK higher education sector has still to be achieved. It never could and it still won’t happen overnight. An organisation the size of the DCC can’t possibly hope to change the habits of more than 100,000 UK researchers on its own!