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IDCC14: Save the Date

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

The 9th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC14) will be held the week beginning Monday 24 February 2014 at the Mission Bay Conference Centre at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The Conference theme will be “Commodity, catalyst or change-agent? Data-driven transformations in research, education, business and society.”

This year the IDCC is bringing a particular focus on how data are changing the world around us,  recognising that the growing volume and complexity of data provides institutions, businesses and communities with a range of exciting opportunities and challenges. The Conference will explore different drivers, the expanding portfolio of tools and data services as well as the diverse skills which are essential for organisations to manage, use and benefit from many valuable data assets. The programme will reflect cultural, technical and economic perspectives and will illustrate the progress made in this arena in recent months.

There will be a programme of workshops on Monday 24 and Thursday 27 February 2014. The main conference programme will run from Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 February 2014.

IDCC14 will be organised by the Digital Curation Centre UK in partnership with the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).

The Call for Papers and submission details will be announced later this month.

Data Publishing: Challenges for HEIs and Libraries

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Slides are now available from the presentation given by Liz Lyon entitled Data Publishing: Challenges for HEIs and Libraries at the Symposium “The Now and Future of Data Publishing” held at St. Anne’s College, Oxford on 22 May 2013.  Liz’ presentation was a contribution under the panel “Citation, Impact, Metrics”. The Symposium was organised by the Jisc Managing Research Data Programme in conjunction with a range of partners including BioSharing, DataONE, Dryad, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, Wiley-Blackwell, and others.

Future Directions of Citizen Science

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

UKOLN Events in partnership with e-Research South is organising a free full-day event looking at the work of citizen science projects and how to develop them successfully in the future. The Workshop on the Future Directions of Citizen Science will take place on Wednesday 29 May 2013 at the Royal Society, London.

Details of the Workshop Programme and how to book one’s free place are available from the UKOLN Web site.

IWMW 2013: Open for Bookings

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Bookings are now open for the IWMW 2013 event.  This is the 17th in the series of Institutional Web Management Workshops. This year’s event will be held at the University of Bath over 26-28 June.

A blog post provides a summary of the plenary talks to be given at the event on a day-by-day basis, while a UKOLN news feature supplies an overview of the IWMW 2013 speakers.

Note that, in addition to the 13 plenary talks, there are 9 parallel sessions on Day One and 8 on Day Two, each planned for 90 minutes. On offer is a variety of group discussions, exercises and practical sessions. Participants will need to consult the programme to select their preferred parallel session for each day before beginning their booking.


Enhancing Data Sharing and Interoperability

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The Community Capability Model (CCM) team at UKOLN and Microsoft Research has recently submitted its Working Group Case Statement (in draft form) to the Research Data Alliance and it is now available from the Research Data Alliance Forum pages.

The Statement explains the CCM Working Group Charter, and in the subsequent Value Proposition details the beneficiaries together with the varied impacts and outcomes of the Working Group. It goes on to describe how the WG will engage with existing work and lists final deliverables and milestones by way of greater detail and includes its Adoption Plan. You are invited to comment on the Case Statement on the Forum and it will be presented at the forthcoming RDA Launch in Gothenberg later this month.

Developing Data Informatics Capability in Libraries at LIBER 2013

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Liz Lyon, Director of UKOLN and Associate Director, DCC will give a presentation entitled Roadmaps, Roles and Re-engineering: Developing Data Informatics Capability in Libraries at the LIBER 2013  Conference to be held in Munich over 26 – 29 June.

In this presentation, Liz will reflect on the strategic and operational approaches to developing sustainable research data management services within institutions. Her perspective will draw on the work of the UK Digital Curation Centre in supporting universities addressing the data challenge through the provision of tools, guides and training resources. She will also share experience and findings from the Research360 Project and the innovative Immersive Informatics training programme at the University of Bath. Throughout the talk, the drivers, barriers and opportunities for libraries will be highlighted, unpacked and critically assessed, with a particular focus on requirements for new data scientist roles and associated informatics skills, to support multi-disciplinary data-intensive research and open science.

Former UKOLN Director Honoured by University

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The first Director of UKOLN, Philip Bryant, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Senate of the University of Bath for his significant contribution to the development of bibliographic management at the University. Read more in a news feature available on the UKOLN Web site.

The Benefits of the ORCID ID to Researchers

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

UKOLN staff have recently worked with Jisc in supporting the take-up of the Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) by the research community. A recent post which explains Why every researcher should sign up for their ORCID ID has been published on the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog. The post describes how ORCID is a non-profit effort providing digital identifiers to the research community to ensure correct authorship data are available and more transparent. The post also summarises the benefits to researchers who acquire their ORCID ID.

UKOLN Contributions to IDCC13

Monday, January 14th, 2013

With IDCC13 pre-conference workshops already underway, final preparations have been completed for the 8th International Digital Curation Conference programme in Amsterdam which starts tomorrow.  The introduction at this evening’s opening reception will be given by Liz Lyon, Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre and Kristin Tolle, Director, Microsoft Research Connections Team. Liz will also chair a DCC Symposium on Tuesday 15 January entitled What Is a Data Scientist? On Wednesday 16 January Paul Walk will chair a parallel session on Cloud Services; Marieke Guy will present a paper entitled Pinning It Down: towards a practical definition of ‘Research Data’ for Creative Arts Institutions; and Catherine Pink will present a paper called Meeting the Data Management Compliance Challenge: Funder Expectations and Institutional Reality. 

In addition Alex Ball, Liz Lyon, Manjula Patel and Catherine Pink will make contributions to the extensive programme of pre- and post-conference workshops.

IDCC13 Previews: Francine Bennett and Hans Pfeiffenberger

Friday, January 11th, 2013

With the 8th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC13) now but a few days away, the Digital Curation Centre has published two more postings in its series of Conference previews.

The first has been written by Francine Bennett, data scientist and CEO/co-founder of Mastodon C, an organisation of agile big data specialists who offer the open source technology platform as well as the technical and analytical skills which help companies realise the potential of their data. Before founding Mastodon C, Francine spent a number of years working on big data analysis for search engines, helping them to turn lots of data into even more money.

Francine’s preview posting on the Conference is available on the Digital Curation Centre Web site.

The second preview is by Hans Pfeiffenberger, Head of IT infrastructure at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and speaker for the Helmholtz Association’s Open Access working groups, where he specialises in access to data. Hans represents Helmholtz’ interest in access to data in various bodies, such as the Priority Initiative “Digital Information” by the Alliance of German Science Organizations and the Alliance for Permanent Access (APA).

Hans’ preview posting on the Conference is available on the Digital Curation Centre Web site.