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International Journal of Digital Curation 9(1)

📥  International Journal of Digital Curation

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.


Preparing for the RDRDS

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Presentations

Alex Ball will be speaking at the Repositories Fringe 2014, to be held on 30–31 July 2014 in Edinburgh.

The subject of Alex's talk, ‘Preparing for the UK Research Data Registry and Discovery Service’, will be the second phase of the Jisc-funded project to develop a data discovery service for UK researchers. He will outline the plans for the two-year phase and give pointers on how repositories can get involved.

The Repositories Fringe is an unconference organized by the UK Digital Curation Centre, EDINA and the University of Edinburgh. There is no official closing date for registrations but places are limited.


Lost in translation (of CAD models)

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Presentations

Alex Ball will be participating in a panel session entitled ‘Frameworks for the discussion of architectural digital data’ at Archives*Records 2014.

In his talk, ‘Lost in translation: Technological views on preserving CAD’, Alex will look at the fundamental technical difficulties with preserving CAD (computer-aided design) for the long term, and some of the solutions put forward to mitigate them. His fellow panellists include Kari Smith (MIT), who will apply the OAIS (Open Archival Information System) Reference Model to preserving CAD and BIM (building information management) data, and Ines Zalduendo (Harvard University), who will present curatorial views on collecting and archiving born-digital architectural data.

Archives*Records is the joint annual meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the (US) National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and the Society of American Archivists. The 2014 meeting is being held on 10–16 August in Washington, DC, with the panel taking place on Friday, 15 July at 2.30 p.m. Registration remains open until 18 July, with a discounted rate available until 7 July.


Conference presentations round-up

📥  Community Capability Model, Digital Curation Centre, Presentations

Presentations made by UKOLN staff early in 2014 are now available from the University of Bath repository.

From the 9th International Digital Curation Conference:

From the Jisc Digital Festival:

From the RDA 3rd Plenary:


Data in Open Repositories

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Presentations

Alex Ball will be speaking at Open Repositories 2014, to be held at the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Helsinki, Finland, on 9–13 June 2014.

In his presentation, ‘Building a Research Data Registry for the UK’, Alex will give an overview of a project to develop a pilot research data discovery service for the UK, and outline how the pilot might be further developed into a full service.

This will be the 9th International Conference on Open Repositories; the theme this year is ‘Towards Repository Ecosystems’. Alex's talk forms part of session 6B, scheduled for 9.30 a.m. on Thursday, 12 June. Early bird registration is available until 4 May 2014.


Assessing requirements for RDM support in academic libraries

📥  Community Capability Model, Presentations

Manjula Patel will present a paper at Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2014, to be held at the University of Zadar in Croatia on 16–20 June 2014.

The paper, ‘Assessing requirements for research data management support in academic libraries: introducing a new multi-faceted capability tool’, describes the profiling tool developed as part of the Community Capability Model Framework (CCMF) project. It includes a case study where the tool was was applied to agronomy research data.

This year's conference, with the theme ‘Assessment’, will be the 13th in the LIDA series. Early bird registration closes on 1 May 2014.


Data discovery at the Jisc Digital Festival

📥  Digital Curation Centre, Presentations

If you missed Alex Ball speaking at the 9th International Digital Curation Conference about the UK Research Data Registry, you have another chance to hear about the project.

Alex will be the expert speaker on increasing research impact at the Jisc Digital Festival. His talk will focus on the pilot research data discovery service being developed for the UK.

The Jisc Digital Festival takes place on 11–12 March 2014 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, UK.


RDA Third Plenary

📥  Community Capability Model, Digital Curation Centre, Presentations

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is holding its third plenary meeting on 26–28 March 2014 in Dublin.

UKOLN has a leading involvement in two sessions to be held towards the end of Thursday, 27 March. Alex Ball will co-chair a meeting of the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group, alongside Jane Greenberg (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Rebecca Koskela (DataONE and the University of New Mexico). Meanwhile, Manjula Patel will chair a meeting of the Community Capability Model Interest Group.

The RDA is a global initiative to remove the barriers to good research data management. Its plenary meetings are a chance for researchers to get together to work on matters of mutual interest:

  • Working groups aim to achieve a practical goal in around 18 months.
  • Interest groups are more strategic and continue for as long as needed.
  • One-off Birds-of-a-Feather sessions allow particular issues to be explored.

Early bird registration closes on 6 March 2014.


Countdown to IDCC14

📥  Community Capability Model, Digital Curation Centre, Events, Presentations

The 9th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC14) is fast approaching, and as usual there will be a strong UKOLN presence.

On Monday, 24 February, Manjula Patel and former UKOLN Director Liz Lyon will host a workshop introducing a new tool for profiling a community's capability to perform data-intensive research.

Then, on Wednesday, 26 February, Alex Ball will present two Practice Papers. The first, ‘Show me the data’, concerns a project to set up  a pilot research data discovery service for the UK. The second, ‘Building a disciplinary metadata standards directory’, describes the work done so far by the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group of the Research Data Alliance. Both initiatives are collaborations involving the UK Digital Curation Centre.

The conference will be held on 24-27 February 2014 at the Omni San Francisco Hotel, San Francisco. We hope to see you there!

To whet your appetite still further, the DCC is publishing a series of previews from keynote speakers. Early bird registration closes on 5 February, so book now to avoid disappointment.


Farewell to Liz Lyon

📥  News

Dr Liz Lyon, UKOLN Director, leaves us at the end of this year, for a new position as Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. Liz has led UKOLN at the University of Bath for over ten years, and has overseen many successful partnerships such as the Digital Curation Centre and Microsoft Research.

We would like to wish Liz well in her new role and look forward to exploring new opportunities with the iSchool at Pitt.