Call For Papers for 2nd “Workshop on Linking and Contextualizing Publications and Datasets”

The second “Workshop on Linking and Contextualizing Publications and Datasets” is now inviting submissions by June 30, 2014. The workshop will be held on September 12 as part of the Digital Libraries 2014 conference in London.

Details can be found at:

IDCC14 Preview

IDCC14 Preview: Paul Lewis, Washington DC correspondent

The 9th International Digital Curation Conference is quickly approaching. The theme of this year’s conference is how data-driven developments are changing the world around us. Paul Lewis answers the question of “What scientific breakthroughs, technical advances or potential new opportunities excite you the most?”

Technology has transformed the way journalism is produced and consumed. I’ve been fortunate to start working in the profession in the midst of this transformation, and I’ve found it all exciting. I suppose what really excites me is the possibility of collective action: journalists as a fulcrum, working in a symbiotic relationship with an audience that now has access to source materials, and tools, to help tell stories.

Continue reading Paul’s interview…

Research Data Alliance (RDA) Third Plenary Meeting

RDA Meeting: The Data Sharing Community, Dublin, Ireland, 26 to 28 March 2014

We’ve posted several announcements about the various activities about RDA at Data Forwards. Below is the latest information about a forthcoming RDA meeting in Dublin, Ireland in March.

Data is the very foundation of research, and each year the quantity and velocity of data produced increases. Sharing of research data has the potential to revolutionise the way research is conducted, accelerating discovery and improving society; but sharing research data globally is challenging.

The RDA (Research Data Alliance) is now one year old. It is a global, grass-roots organisation dedicated to developing the tools, infrastructure, services, standards and practices that the research community needs to share and exchange its data treasures.

The third RDA plenary meeting is focused on taking the global partnerships built in the data sharing community through the RDA’s activities to date, combining these with existing infrastructure and best practices across the data sharing community, and enabling the community to drive forward the changes needed for global data exchange. This plenary meeting is about exploiting RDA’s work to date to its full potential.

More information about this meeting is available at:

Call for Papers for 40th Anniversary IASSIST Conference

Aligning Data and Research Infrastructure: IASSIST 2014 Annual Conference Call for Paper and Session Proposals

The international research community is in the midst of building a global data ecosystem that consists of a mixture of domain data repositories, data archives, data libraries, and data services and that seeks ways to facilitate data discovery, integration, access, and preservation. Evidence of this transformation is found in the recently established ICSU World Data System and in the Research Data Alliance. Like IASSIST, these organizations are contributing to the development of a global data ecosystem. Alignment, or unification of strategies, must take place at many levels to achieve this. How do we proceed? What advancements are needed in research data management, research infrastructure, and the development of new expertise?

IASSIST welcomes submissions on the topics described above and encourage conference participants to propose papers and sessions that will be an interest to a diverse audience. To facilitate the formation and scheduling of sessions, three tracks are being offered:

  • Managing research data
  • Providing data services, and
  • Developing data infrastructure tools.

Deadline for submission: 9 December 2013.

More information about the conference and proposal is available here:

Institutional Repositories Dealing with Data | Open Repositories 2013

Institutional Repositories Dealing with Data: What a difference a ‘D’ makes!

The 2013 Open Repositories Conference was held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island from July 8 – 12. This particular workshop aimed to help IR managers and others in the repository community to identify strategies and practical steps to deal with research data within the increasingly complex environment of open access scholarly communication.

Speakers included Charles (Chuck) Humphrey, Robin Rice, Angus Whyte, Michael Witt, and Courtney Matthews. Their presentation slides are available from the links below:

Introduction: Angus WhyteDigital Curation Centre

Keynote: Chuck Humphrey, The Long Tail of Data Wagging the IR.

Robin Rice, On being a cog rather than inventing the wheel: Edinburgh DataShare as a key service in the University of Edinburgh’s RDM Initiative.

Angus Whyte How will repository and subject librarians roles interact to support data management? evidence from UK institutions

Michael Witt & Courtney Matthews, The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR): providing institutional data services with a virtual research environment, data publication and archiving.

Now and Future of Data Publishing Symposium (Follow-up)

Now and Future of Data Publishing Symposium

The conference was held in May 2013 in UK. Below are links to a nice sum-up of the event via blog posts. 

For more information about Now and Future of Data Publishing Symposium:

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation II

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation II: An Action Assembly

This event will assemble digital preservation leaders from a variety of backgrounds (including national libraries, academic libraries and archives, research centres, public libraries, information science/management programs, archives, corporations, and funding agencies) to carry out international alignment activities to support the preservation of our collective digital memory.

This Action Assembly will build upon the successes of the 2011 ANADP Conference in Estonia, in which more than 120 delegates from 24 nations established targeted alignment channels for their future efforts. These alignment channels were documented in the conference volume, Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (Educopia, 2012), this year’s winner of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Preservation Publication award. The first major action outcomes-an international tools/services registry, a framework for applying OAIS to Distributed Digital Preservation methodologies, a catalogue of education and training opportunities, and quantitative data gathering around digital preservation costs-will be delivered to the community at ANADP II this Fall.