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.
Alex Ball will be speaking at the final seminar of the DEDICATE Project at the University of Glasgow's McGregor Building on 21 October 2013.
Alex will introduce the report 'Preserving Computer-Aided Design', which he wrote for the Digital Preservation Coalition's Technology Watch Report series earlier in the year. He will also provide highlights of his work on curating industrial engineering data in the KIM Project, and managing engineering research data in the ERIM and REDm-MED projects.
DEDICATE (Design's Digital Curation for Architecture) is an AHRC project delivering policies, requirements and procedures for curating digital records of the built environment. This seminar sets the work of the project into a wider context, alongside a variety of initiatives that are tackling aspects of built environment data management.
Alex Ball will be speaking at a conference entitled 'Archiving the Digital: Current Efforts to Preserve Design Records' at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, on 17 October 2013.
The conference has been jointly organized by the British Architectural Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum. It will discuss the challenges of providing long-term access to digital design records including CAD models and Building Information Models (BIMs). Alex will be introducing his DPC Technology Watch Report 'Preserving Computer-Aided Design', which was published earlier in the year.
Alex Ball spoke at the 43rd Annual Congress of ADBU on 19 September 2013. His slides and a transcript of his presentation are now available from the University of Bath repository.
For more information about what went on at the event, please see the trip report posted to the Digital Curation Centre blog by Laura Molloy.
Alex Ball will be presenting an intervention, 'Occupations related to research data: data librarian', at the 43rd Annual Congress of ADBU (Association des Directeurs et personnels de direction des Bibliothèques Universitaires et de la Documentation).
In his talk, Alex will discuss the drivers for institution-level research data management, and the role librarians are increasingly expected to play in delivering it. The talk will draw on experiences from the Digital Curation Centre's programme of Institutional Engagements.
Alex's talk will be on the second day of the Congress, which will be held on 18-20 September 2013 at Docks Océane, Le Havre, France.
UKOLN Informatics Director Liz Lyon will chair the first meeting of the CCM (Community Capability Model) Interest Group at the RDA (Research Data Alliance) 2nd Plenary Meeting on 17 September 2013.
The CCM Interest Group builds on the work of the CCMDIR (Community Capability Model for Data-Intensive Research) Project, which has developed a model for identifying capability for and barriers to data-intensive research in various communities. At this meeting, Manjula Patel of UKOLN Informatics will introduce a tool for applying the model to a research discipline. The group will review the tool and plan how it might be used to profile disciplines such as environmental science, astronomy and social science.
The CCM Interest Group meeting will be held on 17 September 2013 at 16:15, in Salon A of the Washington Marriott, Washington, DC, USA.
The organizers of the 9th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC14) have released a Call for Papers. Contributions would be welcome on a variety of topics from across the data lifecycle, in the form of
- research papers;
- extended abstracts for practice papers;
- proposals for workshops, posters or demonstrations.
The theme for the conference is "Commodity, catalyst or change-agent? Data-driven transformations in research, education, business & society". It will focus on the challenges and opportunities that emerge as the volume and complexity of data increase across all sectors of society.
The conference will be held on 24-27 February 2014 at the Omni San Francisco Hotel, San Francisco. It is organized by the UK Digital Curation Centre in partnership with the the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library, and the Coalition for Networked Information.
Further information, and the full text of the Call for Papers, can be found at the IDCC14 Web site.
Alex Ball spoke at the DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition) Briefing Day on Preserving CAD (computer-aided design) on 26 July 2013. His slides and a transcript of his presentation are now available from the University of Bath repository. In addition, all the presentations from the event are available from the event page on the DPC Web site.
Alex has written about the Preserving CAD Briefing Day on the Digital Curation Centre blog.
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