As the DCC begins its third phase today, we are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Director, Kevin Ashley, who will succeed Chris Rusbridge upon his retirement in April 2010.

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!

I am very pleased to announce the publication of Volume 3, Issue 1 of the International Journal of Digital Curation, at http://www.ijdc.net/

This is the largest issue so far, including 9 peer-reviewed papers and 8 articles. My thanks to all the contributors, and to Richard Waller for his excellent editorial work.

Papers (Peer-reviewed)