An introduction to the Digital Curation Centre


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