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Money makes the world go around! Research funding drives what we investigate and how research is conducted.

The DCC is currently recruiting a systems developer to be based at the University of Glasgow. The post-holder will work on a number of application developments relating to research data management and curation within HATII’s portfolio of research projects.
The DCC delivers a number of online tools and services, including the Jisc Research Data Registry and Discovery Service and DMPonline. We also participate in several EC-funded projects such as 4C (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation), so work will be varied in scope.

We're pleased to announce that the DCC has just launched a new and improved version of DMPonline, our web-based tool for creating Data Management Plans.
This new release marks a major progression in terms of usability. The evaluation showed that users had difficulties creating a mental model of how the tool worked. We’ve simplified the concepts behind the tool and responded to requests to shorten the DCC Checklist and ask funder questions directly.

Data management planning is a topic of increasing importance to researchers, their host institutions and research funders alike. Increasing numbers of funders require plans as part of grant proposals; some are already assessing the quality of these plans as part of bid assessment; and some require further planning to be carried out for successful proposals and are discussing ways to monitor the execution of plans and compliance with funder requirements.

“Data management is too important to leave to the data managers, it needs to be an important part of research”  Mark Thorley, data management co-ordinator for NERC.
Friday saw the launch of two new UMF-funded data management infrastructure projects at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. The UMF programme aims to help universities and colleges deliver better efficiency and value for money through the development of shared services.

As part of the JISC-funded Piloting the LIFE costs tool in UK HEIs project , the DCC is now seeking volunteers to test the effectiveness of the LIFE 3 tool within UK HEI repositories. Testing will run from early June until the end of July and participants will receive dedicated support in employing the tool. Participants will be asked to maintain an activity journal for a one-month period and JISC has provided some financial support for institutions wishing to take part.

We're trying out new ways to communicate our resources better at the DCC. 
Based on JISC digital media training, we're pleased to bring your our first attempt at screencasting.  The video below introduces you to the DAF tool.

This study by the Manchester e-Research Centre and Edinburgh's Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation indicates that a majority of researchers are making at least occasional use of one or more web 2.0 tools or services for purposes related to their resea

The LiWA project has released open-source components on Google code at http://code.google.com/p/liwa-technologies. LiWA say that "This is still an experimental version of the software, therefore your feedback and comments will be greatly appreciated, helping us to improve the documentation and the usability of the module."

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