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.
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
The entirety of Volume 10, Issue 1 of the International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC) is available to view online.
The IJDC is published on a 'half-rolling' basis where papers are published continually throughout the year, but are still grouped into issues. The first papers from this issue were made available in February 2015, with more added over the course of the following months. In all, 24 papers and articles have been published: 2 original peer-reviewed papers, versions of the 6 research papers presented at IDCC15, and 16 IDCC practice papers.
Among the topics represented are education and training; various technical proposals including distributed identifier management, treating scripts as workflows, metadata extraction, and identifying community groups; institutional research data management; choosing where to deposit data; and digitization for preservation.
For more information about the contents of the issue, see the editorial by Alex Ball.
The Digital Curation Centre has completed publication of its first rolling issue. The entirety of Volume 9, Issue 2 is now available to view online.
The issue contains three peer-reviewed papers received through general submission, plus eight general articles based on papers from IDCC 2014, one based on a paper presented at IASSIST 2014, and a review of Joyce Ray's recent book on research data management. Topics range from a proposal for optimizing curation workflows to a survey of records management processes among UK video game developers.
For a fuller summary of the contents, see the issue's editorial by Alex Ball.
The International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC) has moved to a 'half-rolling' publication model with the release of its first rolling issue. Volume 9, Issue 2 can now be viewed from the IJDC website, with three original peer-reviewed papers, a book review, and eight general articles based on papers presented at the 2014 International Digital Curation Conference. Unlike previous issues, however, this issue will be expanded with more content over the coming weeks, before being finalized with editorial content in December 2014.
The journal will continue to have two issues per year, but as with this issue they will be opened up early for viewing and grow over time. The first papers from Volume 10, Issue 1 will be available early in 2015, with Issue 2 following later in the summer. I and my colleagues at the Digital Curation Centre hope this model will enable us to bring you quality scholarly content in a more timely fashion. In the meantime, do see what Volume 9, Issue 2 has to offer!
I am pleased to be starting back at UKOLN Informatics, working for the DCC, after a period of maternity leave. During my absence, I managed to (slowly) push two publications that had been in the pipeline through to publication. Both deal with aspects of Research Data Management and present a case study each from two UK universities. I was fortunate to have two patient co-authors in Chris Awre, Head of Information Management at the University of Hull and Stephen Gray from the University of Bristol's Research Data Service. Infrastructure and services for research data in institutional repositories is addressed through two topics: the choice of institutional repository, and the use of DOIs.
The UK Digital Curation Centre has published Volume 9, Issue 1 of the International Journal of Digital Curation.
This bumper issue contains eight peer-reviewed papers and eighteen general articles, the majority of which derive from papers presented at the 2014 International Digital Curation Conference.
Several contributions tackle the many issues related to data sharing. There is a proposal for a novel kind of data publishing, alongside suggestions for how to coordinate and integrate data in repositories with journal papers. A couple of articles reflect on where researchers should publish data, while others discuss how to prepare data for publication safely and efficiently.
There are five contributions on the subject of data management planning, including two suggestions for additional plans. A further five articles explore data management support, in terms of both technical infrastructure and training. Issues of data quality are explored by three contributions, two of which focus on Citizen Science projects.
Two of the three IJDC-exclusive contributions concern efforts to build specialist digital collections, while the other discusses controlled vocabularies suitable for cultural anthropological data.
UKOLN staff had a hand in two of the papers: one concerning a pilot data discovery service for the UK, and the other the work of the Research Data Alliance Metadata Standards Directory Working Group.
More detail about the papers and articles in this issue can be found in the editorial by Alex Ball.
The UK Digital Curation Centre has published Volume 8, Issue 2 of the International Journal of Digital Curation.
This issue contains three peer-reviewed papers. One considers matters of provenance as applied to reused, repurposed and remixed data, in particular clinical data. Another describes how to build a persistent, distributed archive system using the rule-based system iRods, the Chesire3 search and retrieval system, and the Multivalent universal document viewer. The last reports on a survey of behaviours and expectations regarding research data at Emory University.
The theme of data management dominates the fifteen general articles, all of which derive from practice papers presented at the 2013 International Digital Curation Conference:
- Several report on how research data management support has been implemented at certain UK and US universities.
- A couple consider how to scope research data management support for artistic disciplines.
- There are overviews of national research data management activity in the UK and Australia.
- Lastly, there are reports on the work of disciplinary data centres in Germany, the Netherlands and the US, and a decentralized, virtual data centre formed by federating several institutional data repositories.
More details about the papers and articles in this issue can be found in Kevin Ashley's editorial.