Because good research needs good data


Research Data Netherlands partnership launched
Today 3TU.Datacentrum and Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) announced that they are launching the partnership Research Data Netherlands. With this coalition, which is open to other parties as well, the two data archives are joining forces in the area of sustainable data archiving.

Marieke and I were in Northampton earlier this week to run a 3 hour training session for librarians.
We've been really impressed with the work to emerge from the Jisc MRD programme and elsewhere so pulled together various aspects of the different courses. The course slides and an accompanying handbook (inspired by the Leeds RoaDMaP project) are available on the new RDM for librarians webpage.

The DCC is pleased to announce a number of new resources. The latest guide in our How-to series is:
How to Develop RDM Services - a guide for HEIs
The guide draws lessons from the Jisc Managing Research Data programmes and the DCC institutional engagements to outline the process of developing RDM services. It proposes eight components or processes to be supported:

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation
Educopia Institute: 2012
On May 23-25 2012, more than 125 delegates from more than 20 countries gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, for the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation conference. 
At the National Library of Estonia, this group explored how to create and sustain international collaborations to support the preservation of our digital cultural memory.

Stéphane Goldstein, Research Information Network (RIN), has authored an article for LIBER Quarterly that summarizes the collaborative approaches fostered by the RIN Working Group on Information Handling and the Research Data Management Skills Support Initiative (DaMSSI) project. 
A Partnership Approach to Promoting Information Literacy for Higher Education Researchers

We're planning the DCC East Midlands roadshow and want your views to set the programme for the training day. Vote for the topics you want to see covered.
The event will take place in Loughborough in early February 2012. Further details will be on the event page once the dates have been finalised.

The JISC-funded Research Data MANTRA project has produced a course for postgraduate students and early career researchers who work with data and would like to learn more about how to manage it effectively. Course content is geared towards the geosciences, social and political sciences and clinical psychology; however, many of the issues covered apply equally to all research disciplines. The MANTRA course, which consists of an online module and practical exercises in data handling, is now openly available at

Registration for the DCC roadshow in Glasgow on 22nd-24th June is now open!
Earlier this month, the EPSRC announced its new data policy outlining that it expects all those institutions it funds to have developed a clear roadmap by 1st May 2012, and to be fully compliant with these expectations by 1st May 2015.

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.

The DCC is delighted to announce that we will be holding two of our Tools of the Trade workshops to introduce users to the newly refined Data Asset Framework (DAF) and Assessing Institutional Digital Assets (AIDA) toolkits.
The events will take place May 19 2010 at the Manchester Conference Centre directly following the JISC RDMI Progress workshop. Further details will be released shortly.