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It Takes a Village… to Manage Digital Assets

Helen Hockx-Yu is Enterprise Data Architect at the University of Notre Dame in the USA The University of Notre Dame (UND) is a private research university located in the United States. I joined UND in 2016 as a programme manager for digital asset management. Since 2009, various initiatives have taken place to address the challenge but they have largely been specific in their scope and not broadly adopted across the University as a whole. I was expected to build on the previous work, to...

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Preserving Research Data: Finding Our Legs at Scholars Portal

Grant Hurley is Digital Preservation Librarian, Scholars Portal and Meghan Goodchild is Research Data Management Systems Librarian, Scholars Portal/Queen’s University Library. They are based in Ontario, Canada As a service provider, Scholars Portal is building a suite of services and infrastructure to support the research data management and preservation in Canada. But a key gap is the ability of our member institutions to make use of these services when there is a lack...

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Stewardship with a network logic

Brian Lavoie is Research Scientist for OCLC in the USA An important class of at-risk digital materials is the myriad forms of output generated over the research lifecycle – think of data sets, computer code, online discussions, e-lab notebooks, and so on. Growing recognition of the value of these materials to the scholarly record has led to many efforts to collect and preserve them over the long term. But mitigating risks associated with preserving digital research outputs...

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Towards Making Palestinian Research Preserved and Accessible

Rawia Awadallah is Manager of the ROMOR Project in Palestine The Research Output Management through Open Access Institutional Repositories in Palestinian Higher Education (ROMOR) project aimed to build capacity in research output management in four leading Palestinian State (PS) Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through establishing Open Access Institutional Repositories (OAIRs) to store and share research outputs and increasing support staff capacity to implement and promote repository...

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From “research output” to “research data” - a willingness to move forward?

Wachiraporn Klungthanaboon is Lecturer at the Department of Library Science at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand About 10 years ago, the idea of collocating and providing digital research outputs through an institutional repository or a subject repository for online access was introduced to Thailand. For example, the Library at Chulalongkorn University had built its institutional repository named “CUIR - Chulalongkorn University Intellectual Repositories”. The CUIR has been...

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Building Connections Through Data Conversations At Lancaster University 

Josh Sendall is Research Data Manager at Lancaster University Library (the Library) When you’re enabling Research Data Management (RDM) best practice it’s easy to get caught up in the systems and services. To focus on processes - on planning, storing, transferring, archiving and sharing digital objects. And yet, behind every Data Management Plan, behind every dataset, there’s a person making a contribution to scholarship. At Lancaster University every few months we convene 'Data...

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New "What To Keep" research data report published by Jisc

“What To Keep?” a new Jisc research data report by Neil Beagrie of Charles Beagrie Ltd has just been published by Jisc. What to keep in terms of research data has been a recognised issue for some time but research data management and in particular appraisal and selection (i.e. “what to keep and why”) has become a more significant focus in recent years as volumes and diversity of data have grown, and as the available infrastructure for ‘keeping’ has become more diverse.

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Invitational - Digital Assets and Digital Liabilities: the Value of Data

Jisc Financial Planning Invitational Workshop This invitational event will bring together the funded partners within the Jisc RDSS programme with invited guests to discuss the potential requirements for financial planning tools. Topics will include use cases for financial planning as well as the features a system such as RDSS should incorporate in order to support those uses cases and requirements. Over the years a number of initiatives have attempted to support the sustainability of...

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Invitational: Making Research Reproducible: Software Preservation, What’s Been Done, What’s Possible, What’s Needed

Jisc Software Preservation Invitational Workshop Jisc and DPC invite the Jisc RDSS pilot institutions to join us for a day of thinking and discussion about the needs for software preservation in research data management and preservation. This invitational event will bring together the funded partners within the Jisc RDSS programme with invited guests to discuss the potential requirement for software preservation. Topics will include use cases for software preservation as well as the...

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In Response to the Web & Social Media Archiving for Community & Individual Archives Briefing Day: Archiving Images from Social Media

Rhiannon Lewis is a PhD researcher at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London As someone embarking on a PhD, one which will use digital images and accompanying data from social media as its primary research data set, attending a day that investigates different approaches to doing just that was an excellent point of reflection at an early stage! My research will investigate (re)use of digital images of collection objects from Science Museum Group, how different contexts on...

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Preserving Research Data

Brian Lavoie is Senior Research Scientist for OCLC Research The scholarly record is evolving to incorporate a broader range of research outputs, moving beyond traditional publications like journal articles and monographs. Research data is a salient and well-documented example of this shift, and many universities are now investing considerable resources in developing RDM services for their campus, as we document in our recent Realities of Research Data Management report series. These...

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(Already) 10 years of LHC Data Preservation

Jamie Shiers is Data Preservation in High Energy Physics Project Leader at CERN From the early days of planning for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) it was known that it would generate an unprecedented amount of data. As we come to the end of the 2nd multi-year run (Run2) of the LHC, the CERN data archive has broken through the 300PB barrier. The LHC, including its planned upgrades, such as the High Luminosity LHC, will continue to take data for between one and two more decades when it...

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The EC Vision of our Access and Preservation Mission

On the 25th of April this year (2018) the European Commission released its Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information Brussels, 25.4.2018 C(2018) 2375 final (author resists temptation of side-rant on ISO standard date formats). This work by Mariya Gabriel and Carlos Moedas replaces that by Neelie Kroes (then Commission Vice-President) back in 2012. This revision ”recognises that big data and high-performance computing are changing the way research is...

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What exactly did I get up to last year?

Another year flies by very quickly. Happy 2018! Always a useful time to sit back and think about what was achieved last year. So I started off the year with an ambitious list of things that I wanted to achieve (note to self - *never* do that again!) As usual I had a mixture of successes and setbacks. All of this helps contribute to both my own understanding about how to work effectively in digital preservation and hopefully the shared understanding of the wider community. Though I...

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Quantitative File Formats for Preservation

Last month I emailed William Kilbride at DPC with a query about file formats for quantitative data for long term preservation and, as a result of that email and the ensuing conversation, I appear to have agreed to write a blog post about the topic. Here is that blog post.

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OA > data > code : a conversation

{jcomments on} This blog post is derived from a series of emails between Jez Cope, Research Data Manager at the University of Sheffield, and Martin Donnelly of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), University of Edinburgh, in early January 2017. MD – From Open Access (OA) publications to research data management (RDM), over the past decade or so scholars and researchers – as well as the people who support them, such as librarians and IT professionals – have had to get used to constantly...

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Jisc Research Data Spring Long Term Preservation Analysis and Recommendations

The DPC examined the challenges addressed, and results of, the second phase of the Jisc Research Data Spring projects. It provided recommendations on how the work can be enhanced from a digital preservation perspective prior to the projects continuing on towards a third and final development phase in early 2016. Visit the Jisc Research Data Spring Long Term Preservation Analysis and Recommendations wiki for more information.

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Preserving Transactional Data

Speakers' Presentations Sara Day Thomson, DPC - Key Note: ‘Preserving Transactional Data: a Technology Watch report’ Aidan Condron, UKDA - Case Study: 'Energy Demand Research Project: Smart Reader Trials 2007-2010' Sarah Sheppard, UCL - Case Study: 'The Consumer Data Research Centre and its Data Service' William Kilbride, DPC - 'Broad Strokes and Emerging Trends: a reflection on preservation approaches and big data' Stefan Schweers, GESIS - Case Study: 'Conceptualising a Spatial...

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Standing on the Digits of Giants - resarch data, preservation and innovation

The DPC is pleased to announce an upcoming seminar produced in collaboration with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers. “Standing on the Digits of Giants” is a seminar that will examine emerging trends in scholarly communication from the perspective of the publication and long-term access to the scholarly record. This includes outputs not traditionally included within the primary scientific canon such as metadata, software and research data. This is a full day event...

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Filling the Digital Preservation Gap Webinar

Members please login to watch the webinar recording In the Jisc funded "Filling the Digital Preservation Gap" project, teams at the Universities of Hull and York are looking at how to incorporate digital preservation into their workflows for research data management. The project is looking specifically at Archivematica, an open source digital preservation solution. Whilst the project focuses on a particular use case (research data management) the project team also have other use cases in...

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