UKOLN Informatics

Expertise in digital information management

Topic: Digital Curation Centre

New DCC guide: tracking impact with metrics

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Publications

The DCC recently released a new guide on How to Track the Impact of Research Data with Metrics by Alex Ball and Monica Duke.

"The guide will help you to track and measure the impact of research data, whether your own or that of your department/institution. It provides an overview of the key impact measurement concepts and the services and tools available for measuring impact. After discussing some of the current issues and challenges, it provides some tips on increasing the impact of your own data. This guide should interest researchers and principal investigators working on data-led research, administrators working with research quality assessment submissions, librarians and others helping to track the impact of data within institutions."

It is available for free on the web pages or to download as a pdf.  Paper copies can be ordered from the DCC online shop.



Meeting RDM requirements: case studies published

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Publications

With a view to sharing solutions and lessons learned across the higher education sector, activities and experiences within four UK universities – the University of East London, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leeds and the University of St Andrews – were examined as they meet the expectations set out in the EPSRC research data policy framework.

Information was collected through semi-structured qualitative interviews with selected RDM staff at each of the four universities.  The interviews were conducted and summaries prepared in January and February 2015. The overall structure of the interview questions groups the EPSRC requirements into three areas:

  • Overarching issues on RDM policy, strategy, governance and sustainability
  • Development of support services and increasing RDM capability and skills
  • Technical infrastructure and services required for storage, preservation and sharing

The case studies were prepared by Monica Duke (DCC), JonathanRans (DCC) and Verena Weigert (Jisc) in collaboration with the interviewees: Stephen Grace (University of East London), Stuart MacDonald (University of Edinburgh), Rachel Proudfoot (University of Leeds), and Anna Clements (University of St Andrews).

The case studies are published alongside the guide Meeting the requirements of the EPSRC research data policy


Date announced for IDCC 2016

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Events

The Co-Chairs of the 11th International Digital Curation Conference have announced the date and venue for the event. It will be held from Monday 22 February to Thursday 25 February 2016 at the Mövenpick Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As in previous years, the main business of the conference will be held on two of the four days, with the others given over to workshops.

See the IDCC 2016 website for more details as they become available.


Conference presentations round-up

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Presentations

Some more conference items from UKOLN staff in early 2015 are now available from the University of Bath repository:

From the 10th International Digital Curation Conference:

From the Research Data Alliance Fifth Plenary:

From the Spring 2015 EuroCRIS Membership Meeting:


Using CRIS to power research data discovery

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Presentations

Alex Ball will present a paper at the Spring 2015 EuroCRIS Membership Meeting.

Entitled 'Using CRIS to power research data discovery', the paper will be based on the work done so far in the Jisc Research Data Discovery Service project. It will propose a mapping from CERIF, the metadata standard used by many Current Research Information Systems, to the RIF-CS scheme used by the Phase 1 discovery service prototype, and discuss any potential issues with implementing it.

The EuroCRIS Membership Meeting will be held on 11–12 May 2015 in Paris.


A look back at IDCC15

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Events

It is a month since the 10th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC15) was held in London. Since then many people have written about their experiences. Here is a selection of their comments and commentary:


Completing a global Metadata Standards Directory

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Presentations

Alex Ball will present the outputs of the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group (MSDWG) at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Fifth Plenary.

The group was tasked with setting up a sustainable, community-maintained directory of metadata standards in use across the full range of academic disciplines. It has also collected use cases for research metadata to help with organizing standards witin the directory. Alex will present the work of the group at three different sessions:

  • a joint session of the Metadata Interest Group, MSDWG, the Data in Context Interest Group, and Research Data Provenance Interest Group;
  • the Outputs Plenary;
  • the Metadata Plenary.

The RDA Fifth Plenary will be held on 8–11 March 2015 at the Paradise Point Hotel, San Diego.


IDCC15 is almost here

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Events

There are only two weeks left to register for the 10th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC 15).

This year's conference promises to provide a fascinating look back at how far the field of digital curation has come over the past ten years, as well as food for thought on what the future developments might be.

There are a few UKOLN connections hidden within the programme. Former UKOLN Director Liz Lyon will present a paper that discusses how iSchools are bringing about change in the information profession and equipping a generation of graduates with the necessary skills for research data management and digital curation. Liz also co-authors one of the posters, as does current staff member Alex Ball.

The conference will be held at 30 Euston Square in London, on 9–12 February 2015. Registration closes on 27 January, so for more information on how to register, please visit the IDCC15 Web site.


IDCC15 workshop registration opens

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Events

Registration is now open for the workshops that will be held at the 10th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC 15).

In all, seven workshops will be held:

Places are limited, so in order to avoid disappointment, please register as soon as possible.


Conference presentations round-up

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Presentations

Some more presentations made by UKOLN staff in 2014 are now available from the University of Bath repository.

From the Repositories Fringe 2014:

From Archives*Records 2014:

From the 2014 Autumn Workshop of the Research and Enterprise Network for Universities:

From the 3rd EUDAT Conference: