Because good research needs good data


We collaborate with a wide range of external partners on multiple projets. This section provides information on projects the DCC is currently leading or participating in, as well as past projects with DCC steer and involvement.


FAIR-IMPACT will boost the uptake of FAIR data principles and practices by research performing organisations, data service providers and repositories through a dedicated support programme. Through a series of open calls, interested parties can apply to implement a selection of current tools and methods and receive financial support to enable their participation. We aim to support around 50 organisations over the life of the project ensuring that different domains, geographic areas and stakeholder groups are represented.

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Skills4EOSC ‘Skills for the European Open Science commons: creating a training ecosystem for Open and FAIR science’ is funded by the European Commission Horizon Europe programme (GA 101058527). Coordinated by Consortium GARR and supported by 44 partners in 18 European countries, Skills4EOSC will set up a pan-European network of competence centres to speed up the training of European researchers and harmonise the training of new professional figures for scientific data management.

Read the Skills4EOSC publication - Mapping of existing professional networks

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Fostering FAIR Data Practices in Europe (FAIRsFAIR) 

FAIRsFAIR - Fostering Fair Data Practices in Europe - aims to supply practical solutions for the use of the FAIR data principles throughout the research data life cycle. Emphasis is on fostering FAIR data culture and the uptake of good practices in making data FAIR. FAIRsFAIR will play a key role in the development of global standards for FAIR certification of repositories and the data within them contributing to those policies and practices that will turn the EOSC programme into a functioning infrastructure.

In the end, FAIRsFAIR will provide a platform for using and implementing the FAIR principles in the day to day work of European research data providers and repositories. FAIRsFAIR will also deliver essential FAIR dimensions of the Rules of Participation (RoP) and regulatory compliance for participation in the EOSC. The EOSC governance structure will use these FAIR aligned RoPs to establish whether components of the infrastructure function in a FAIR manner.

Read our FAIRsFAIR publications

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Being able to freely reuse and/or share sensitive data has always posed unique barriers in the burgeoning communities of FAIR and open research. Specifically, health research has had to contend with issues surrounding data that could identify individuals – how could such data be shared? The DCC is one of 17 partners across Europe that forms the EU H2020 funded project FAIR4Health. Its objective is to address reuse of health research data through establishing FAIRification guidelines that can be adopted at the EU level and beyond. The project also aims to establish a technical platform upon which these goals can be achieved. Community building is a big part of the project and the DCC, with its diverse and extensive list of contacts, is leading this aspect of the project while also utilising its strong presence in the RDA to further this aim. The RDA community is also being consulted with the ambition to produce an output that will be a set of guidelines that can be adopted by the global health research community. FAIR4Health is a 3 year funded project and will end in Dec 2020.

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RDA Europe 4.0

Research Data Alliance (RDA) is an international organisation focused on the development of infrastructure and community activities to promote data sharing at an international level. It is a neutral global forum. RDA Europe is the European plug-in to the global initiative. RDA 4.0 is a project funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme. It is a 27-month project, due to end in May-June 2020. It will build on previous. The main scope of the project is to become the centerpiece for an EU Open Science Strategy by putting in place a network of national nodes which carry out specific operational activities and act as national champions for their respective region.

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OpenAIRE-Advance continues the mission of OpenAIRE to support the Open Access/Open Data mandates in Europe. By sustaining the current successful infrastructure, comprised of a human network and robust technical services, it consolidates its achievements while working to shift the momentum among its communities to Open Science, aiming to be a trusted e-Infrastructure within the realms of the European Open Science Cloud.

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Past Projects

 Digital Research Services Outreach (DRS)
A project within Information Services, University of Edinburgh. Visit page
Open access to publications and research data management and sharing within ERC projects (ERCEA)
The study aimed to better understand the current attitudes and practices among European Research Council (ERC) funded researchers to the provision of open access to publications, research data management, sharing and reuse and broader open science practices. Read our ERCEA publicationsVisit ERCEA website
Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research (FOSTER)
The project aims to support different stakeholders, but particularly young researchers, in adopting open access and in complying with the open access policies. Visit page
Fostering the practical implementation of Open Science in Horizon 2020 and beyond (FOSTER Plus)
FOSTER Plus (Fostering the practical implementation of Open Science in Horizon 2020 and beyond) is a 2-year, EU-funded project, carried out by 11 partners across 6 countries. The primary aim is to contribute to a real and lasting shift in the behaviour of European researchers to ensure that Open Science (OS) becomes the norm. Visit page
The European Open Science Cloud for Research Pilot Project (EOSC Pilot)
The EOSCpilot project will support the first phase in the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Read our EOSCpilot publicationsVisit EOSCpilot website
OpenAire 2020
Aims to scholarly communication towards openness and transparency and facilitate innovative ways to communicate and monitor research. Visit page
EUDAT2020’s vision is to enable European researchers and practitioners from any research discipline to preserve, find, access, and process data in a trusted environment, as part of a Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CDI) conceived as a network of collaborating, cooperating centres, combining the richness of numerous community-specific data repositories with the permanence and persistence of some of Europe’s largest scientific data centres. Visit page
 Extending the Organisational Profile Document to cover Research Data Management
Aims to more consistently list hard and ‘soft’ RDM infrastructure components within HEIs and to make them more visible, machine readable, and discoverable. Visit page
Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C)
Aims to help organisations invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. Visit page
Jisc Research Data Registry and Discovery Service (Pilot)
Tests approaches towards a UK research data registry. Visit page
Data Management Skills Support Initiative - Assessing, Benchmarking and Classifying (DaMSSI-ABC)
A support project for the JISC 2001/12 data management training projects. Visit page
Developing and evaluating a research data repository for life sciences. Visit page
An EU project to create a framework for vocational training in digital curation. Visit page
A benchmarking tool to assess research data management. Visit page
A cloud-based collaborative notebook system to assist the management of lab-based research data. Visit page
Developing tools for assessing the benefits of the digital preservation of research data. Visit page
Closing the Digital Curation Gap
An international collaboration on curriculum development and data skills. Visit page
Data Management Skills Support Initiative (DaMSSI)
A support project for the JISC 04/10 data management training projects. Visit page
A data management project producing guidance and training materials. Visit page
Infrastructure for Integration in Structural Sciences (I2S2)
An earth science / chemistry data management project. Visit page
Engineering Research Information Management (ERIM)
A data management project focused on mechanical engineering data. Visit page
Piloting the LIFE costs tool in UK HEIs
A project to roll-out and test the LIFE preservation costs methodology and tool. Visit page
Open Science Case Studies
Case studies investigating what motivates researchers to make data open. Visit page
Disciplinary case studies investigating data management practices. Visit page
A project to enhance repository infrastrcture in Scotland. Visit page