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Presentation given at the Digital Curation Centre Information Day held at the University of Exeter on the 27 March 2007

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  • An introduction to the Digital Curation Centre Michael Day DCC Research Team UKOLN, University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY [email_address]
  • Schedule
    • Introduction to the Digital Curation Centre (Michael Day, DCC)
    • Digital curation in the performing arts (Daisy Abbott, AHDS Performing Arts)
    • Virtual archives and exhibitions (Jessica Gardner and Gary Stringer, University of Exeter)
    • Questions and discussion
  • Outline
    • HE/FE context
    • DCC aims and objectives
    • DCC activities
  • Contexts (1)
    • There are increasing amounts of information in digital form in FE/HE, e.g.:
      • Research outputs (publications and data)
      • Learning materials
      • Administrative records (electronic records management systems, databases, Web sites)
      • Information licensed from third-parties (e.g. e-journals, research databases)
  • Contexts (2)
    • There is a strategic need to manage these assets on behalf of the institution, e.g.:
      • Compliance with:
        • Freedom of Information (FoI) legislation
        • Data Protection legislation
      • Verifiability and reproducibility of research
        • Research Council rules on data retention
      • The Open Access agenda
  • Contexts (3)
    • Institutional responses include:
      • Electronic Records Management Systems
      • Institutional Repositories
    • Supra-institutional initiatives:
      • Some research councils fund central repositories for certain types of data:
        • AHRC (Arts and Humanities Data Service)
        • ESRC (UK Data Archive)
        • NERC data centres
      • Many other discipline-based databases
  • Contexts (4)
    • The main drivers for digital curation:
      • An increasing awareness that digital assets are reusable
      • Continuing access is vital to ensure contemporary scholarship is reproducible and verifiable
      • Digital assets are fragile
    • Some recent news stories ...
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  • Digital Curation Centre
    • Call for proposals in JISC Circular 6/03
    • Launched: Edinburgh, 5 November 2004
    • Grant funding from:
      • Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
      • UK e-Science Core Programme (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
    • Main activities:
      • Development, services and outreach in digital curation
      • A research programme
  • Digital curation
    • Active management of data over life-cycle of scholarly and scientific interest
      • Reproducibility
      • Reuse
    • Appreciation of differences between disciplines
    • Ubiquitous relationship with digital information
  • DCC purpose
    • Supporting and promoting continuing improvement in the quality of data curation and digital preservation activity
  • DCC vision
    • Centre of excellence in digital curation and preservation in the UK
    • Authoritative source of advocacy and expert advice and guidance to the community
    • Key facilitator of an informed research community with established collaborative networks of digital curators
    • Service provider of a wide range of resources, software, tools and support services
  • DCC objectives
    • Provide strategic leadership in digital curation and preservation for the UK research community, with particular emphasis on science data
    • Influence and inform national and international policy
    • Provide advocacy and expert advice and guidance to practitioners and funding bodies
    • Create, manage and develop an outstanding suite of resources and tools
    • Raise the level of awareness and expertise amongst data creators and curators, and other individuals with a curation role
    • Strengthen community curation networks and collaborative partnerships
    • Continue our strong association with our research programme
  • DCC partners
    • University of Edinburgh
      • Chris Rusbridge (Director of DCC)
      • Prof. Peter Buneman (Associate Director, Research)
    • University of Glasgow
      • Prof. Seamus Ross, Director of HATII (Associate Director, User Services)
    • UKOLN, University of Bath
      • Dr. Liz Lyon, Director of UKOLN (Associate Director, Community Development)
    • Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC)
      • Dr. David Giaretta (Associate Director, Tools Development)
  • Engaging communities of practice
    • Those who have responsibility
      • Creators, curators, re-users
    • Invoke/provoke good practices
    • Research in productive areas
      • e.g. informatics, law, e-science ...
    • Work on the ‘R&D’ to create services of relevance
      • Turn products of research and development into tools and services for use
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  • DCC pathways
  • DCC research goals
    • Bringing Strands of Curation together including
      • Traditional archiving functions
      • The curation of evolving knowledge, e.g. as seen in scientific databases
    • Conduct research in areas crucial to digital curation
    • To institute two-way conduits between research activity and service provision
  • DCC research agenda
    • Data integration and publishing
    • Annotation
    • Provenance and data quality
    • Data citation
    • Metadata extraction
    • Archiving and appraisal
    • Legal issues
    • Networks of trusted repositories
    • Economic cost-benefit analysis of curation
  • DCC tools and infrastructure
    • Representation Information Registry and Repository
      • Representation Information is all of the information needed to turn byte-streams into something meaningful
      • Pilot registry developed in phase 1; it now needs to be deployed as a service
    • Toolkits for other types of metadata
    • Packaging tools, e.g. XFDU (XML Formatted Data Unit), SAFE (Standard Archive Format for Europe)
  • DCC user services (1)
    • Resources:
      • Helpdesk system
      • Publications:
        • DCC Curation Manual - in depth treatment of a growing range of topics
        • Briefing Papers - readable by senior management
        • Case Studies
        • Standards and Technology Watch
      • Databases of external resources and standards (DIFFUSE)
  • DCC user services (2)
    • Curation services (e.g., DRAMBORA Toolkit)
    • Professional development, e.g.:
      • Training events that bring together practitioners and researchers, e.g. forthcoming events:
        • Joint Workshop on Developing an International Curation and Preservation Training Roadmap, Nice, 29-30 March 2007 (with PLANETS/CASPAR/DPE)
        • Tutorial on Building Trust in Digital Repositories Using the DRAMBORA Toolkit, London, 27 April 2007 (and The Hague, 3 May 2007, Arlington, Va., 21 May 2007)
    • LOCKSS Technical Support Service
  • DCC community development
    • Raising awareness of DCC and dissemination of results
      • Web portal ( http://www.dcc.ac.uk )
      • International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC)
      • International Conference (annual)
    • Associates Network
    • Understanding users and their needs, e.g.:
      • Events like today
      • Specific events with data centres
      • SCARP - separately funded project
      • Co-operation with repository initiatives
  • DCC Associates Network
    • The DCC has identified the importance of engaging with:
      • Institutions
      • Organisations and
      • Individuals
    • across all disciplines and domains.
    • http://www.dcc.ac.uk/associates/
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  • An introduction to the Digital Curation Centre Michael Day DCC Research Team UKOLN, University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY [email_address]