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.
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.
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:
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!
Registration is now open for the 10th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC 15).
As this is the 10th conference in the series, there will be a strong decadal feel to the event. There will be both invited speakers and open contributions reflecting on how the field of digital curation has developed over the past ten years and how it might develop in future.
The registration fee is £400 for DCC Associates and £500 otherwise. The fee includes attendance at the conference itself, plus a reception at the Wellcome Collection's Medicine Now Gallery and a place at the Conference Dinner, to be held at the British Library. A separate registration process will be opened in December for co-located workshops.
The conference will be held at 30 Euston Square in London, on 9–12 February 2015. For more information on how to register, please visit the IDCC15 Web site.
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.
Alex Ball will be speaking at the 3rd EUDAT Conference as part of a session on the topic 'B2FIND and Quality of Metadata'.
The session will discuss metadata quality in the context of data discovery services like EUDAT's B2FIND service. In his talk, 'Metadata for Impact: Lessons from the UK', Alex will contribute the experience of the Jisc Research Data and Discovery Service. In particular, he will look at how quality was measured in Phase 1 of the project and the challenges of harmonizing discovery metadata from a variety of different source. He will also outline a preliminary set of recommendations concerning what discovery metadata contributing repositories should provide.
The 3rd EUDAT Conference is co-located with the Research Data Alliance 4th Plenary, and takes place on 24–25 September at the De Meervaart Conference Centre, Amsterdam.
Alex Ball will be speaking at the 2014 Autumn Workshop of the Research and Enterprise Network for Universities (RENU). He will introduce the various tools, services and guidance materials offered by the UK Digital Curation Centre supporting research data management. One of these, the CARDIO methodology, will be used as the basis for a group exercise at the workshop.
RENU is the new name for the Modern Universities Research Group (MURG). Its Autumn Workshop is an annual event; this year it will be held on 17 September 2014 at the Headington Campus of Oxford Brookes University.
The UK Digital Curation Centre (DCC) has issued a Call for Papers for the 10th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC15). Contributions would be welcome on one of a number topics, in the form of
- research papers;
- extended abstracts for practice papers;
- abstracts for data papers or posters;
- proposals for Birds of a Feather sessions, demonstrations, and workshops.
The DCC was established in 2004 and the first IDCC was held a year later in 2005. This conference therefore represents an opportunity to take stock of how the field of digital curation has developed over the past decade, and where it is now heading. This is reflected in the conference theme: "Ten years back, ten years forward: achievements, lessons and the future for digital curation".
The conference will be held at 30 Euston Square in London, on 9–12 February 2015. For more information, including the full text of the Call for Papers and submission instructions, please visit the IDCC15 Web site.
We bid a fond farewell to Manjula Patel, who takes early retirement today following the successful conclusion of the CCMDIR (Community Capability Model for Data-Intensive Research) project. Manjula joined UKOLN in 1998, having already worked for the University of Bath for nine years, making her one of our longest serving members of staff. With Rachel Heery she wrote the seminal paper on metadata application profiles, and she was involved in many high profile projects such as DELOS, eBank/eCrystals, and I2S2. She will be sorely missed around campus.
We wish Manjula a long and happy retirement.