Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | March 2017

What we learned this month
DCC-SPARC Europe collaboration
The DCC has been working with SPARC Europe to produce community resources that support and encourage the uptake and implementation of open approaches to research. We developed a paper on the open data citation advantage before Christmas and the latest output of this collaboration is our Snapshot of Open Data and Open Science Policies in Europe, which lists a number of national data-related policies, both within the EU and beyond. We’ll continue to maintain this in response to ongoing developments, and we’ll also be following it with a longer, more analytical paper discussing the similarities and differences between various national approaches. Our second report is planned to be available in early May. If you spot a gap in our coverage, or have any other thoughts or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

EUDAT summer school 
If you’re an Early Career Research interested in Data Management and Data Science, then consider applying to join us at the EUDAT summer school in Heraklion in July. The course will be run in collaboration with other pan European e-Infrastructures and will provide attendees with a better understanding of the European e-Infrastructure landscape, the different tools and services offered by them, and how they can be used to improve the quality of your research outputs. The deadline for applications is Monday April 17th 2017, midnight CET. Further details about how to apply are available on the EUDAT website.

CODATA workshops
If the EUDAT summer school isn’t for you, you may be interested in the CODATA worksop on open data for better science, which is aimed specifically at researchers from low and middle-income countries. Financial support will be provided via sponsorship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Applications need to be made by April 25th; read more about how and where in the CODATA news item.

Active, actionable DMPs
Our work to make DMPs more useful to all continues. We’re very grateful to all who attended our IDCC workshop and helped us to flesh out use cases for machine-actionable DMPs. You can read an update on the event and where we’re taking things next on the DCC blog. Sarah presented some preliminary findings from the IDCC workshop at CERN in early March, and we’ve since written these up in full and released a white paper for comment. The next stop for our travelling roadshow is the RDA Plenary in Barcelona. The Active DMP IG will be on Thursday 6th April at 09:30-11am CEST. Remote participation is available if needed or you can follow the discussion on @ActiveDMPs and #ActiveDMPs

FAIR Data Expert Group 
The European Commission has established an Expert Group on FAIR data which had it’s first meeting on 27th March. The group is chaired by Simon Hodson of CODATA and the DCC’s Sarah Jones is rapporteur. The group is tasked with making recommendations to turn FAIR data into reality, proposing indicators to measure progress, considering costs implications, and making specific contributions on the H2020 approach to Data Management Plans. We’ll release more information on our activities in the coming months.

Resource of the month

Privacy for Academic Research, a case study. This guest blog is courtesy of Marlon Domingus, community lead research data management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. It reflects on their experience of supporting privacy in academic research, providing an infographic as a case study. You can read the full blog by Marlon here – and please share your thoughts and comments!

Future events
We are pleased to announce that the 17th regular meeting of the Research Data Management Forum (RDMF) will be held in London on Friday 9th June 2017.

This single-day event will seek to address issues around data career pathways and strategies for incentivising greater engagement with RDM-related issues from diverse stakeholder groups.

As ever, the event will feature a mixture of plenary sessions and breakouts, with plenty of opportunity for informal networking. If you have an interesting perspective on this topic, or a story you’d like to tell or explore via a short presentation or a discussion group, do get in touch.

Registration will open in the coming weeks, and will be announced via the usual channels.

We look forward to seeing you in London in June!

Repository Fringe 2017
This year’s Repository Fringe will take place on Thursday 3 & Friday 4 August at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh. 2017 marks the 10th Repo Fringe, where we will celebrate the progress we have made over the last 10 years in sharing content beyond borders, and debate future trends and challenges. Participation is a key element – the event is designed to encourage all attendees to share their repository experiences and expertise.

Registration is now open, and we are calling for contributions of posters and ten-minute ’10×10′ presentations (ten slides in ten minutes). To apply, send us your abstract of no more than 300 words by 10am on Monday the 26 June 2017.

This year’s keynote speakers include Kathleen Shearer from COAR and Dr Paul Ayris from UCL Library Services. For more information on our programme and speakers visit the Repository Fringe 2017 website or follow us at #rFringe17 for important dates and announcements.


And finally…

IDCC18 and beyond: Bids for applications to host the next International Digital Curation Conference 
Just a few weeks ago we welcomed over 265 participants from 30 different countries to Edinburgh, the home of the DCC, to discuss the latest research and practice in the curation of digital information. IDCC17 was a great success, and with your help, IDCC18 will be even better.

The DCC is now inviting applications for bids to host its international digital curation conference (IDCC) in 2018 and beyond.

The deadline for applications to host IDCC18 in Europe or North America is Monday 24th April 2017 at 18:00 UTC. For those who want to express interest in hosting IDCC in future years, we ask that you follow the same process (as far as possible) and submit proposals by Monday 22nd May 2017.

For further information on how to submit, please visit our website.

So where will IDCC be in 2018? We’ll tell you in early Summer!
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