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Research Councils UK Adopts New Open Access Policy

Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 16th, 2012

The Research Councils UK has adopted a new open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today, 16th July 2012, unveiled its new Open Access policy. Informed by the work of the National Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by Professor Dame Janet Finch, the policy at once harmonises and makes significant changes to existing Research Councils' Open Access policies. . . .

The new policy, which will apply to all qualifying publications being submitted for publication from 1 April 2013, states that peer reviewed research papers which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the Research Councils:

  • must be published in journals which are compliant with Research Council policy on Open Access, and;
  • must include details of the funding that supported the research, and a statement on how the underlying research materials such as data, samples or models can be accessed.

Criteria which journals must fulfill to be compliant with the Research Councils' Open Access policy are detailed within the policy, but include offering a 'pay to publish'; option or allowing deposit in a subject or institutional repository after a mandated maximum embargo period. In addition, the policy mandates use of 'CC-BY', the Creative Commons 'Attribution' license, when an APC is levied. The CC_BY licence allows others to modify, build upon and/or distribute the licensed work (including for commercial purposes) as long as the original author is credited.

The Research Councils will provide block grants to eligible UK Higher Education Institutions, approved independent research organisations and Research Council Institutes to support payment of the Article Processing Charges (APCs) associated with 'pay-to-publish'. In parallel, eligible organisations will be expected to set-up and manage their own publication funds. The Research Councils will work with eligible organisations to discuss the detail of the new approach to funding APCs and to ensure that appropriate and auditable mechanisms are put in place to manage the funds.

Along with HEFCE and other relevant Funding Bodies, we shall monitor these policies actively, both to review their effects and to ensure that our joint objectives on Open Access are being met.

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    "A Study of Faculty Data Curation Behaviors and Attitudes at a Teaching-Centered University"

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 15th, 2012

    Jeanine Marie Scaramozzino, Marisa L. Ramírez, and Karen J. McGaughey have published "A Study of Faculty Data Curation Behaviors and Attitudes at a Teaching-Centered University" in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries.

    Here's an excerpt:

    This paper describes information gathered from a survey distributed to the College of Science and Mathematics faculty at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), a master's-granting, teaching-centered institution. There was a more than 60 percent response rate to the survey. The survey results provided insight into the science researchers' data curation awareness, behaviors, and attitudes, as well as what needs they exhibited for services and education regarding maintenance and management of data. It is important that professional librarians understand what researchers both inside and outside their own institutions know so that they can collaborate with their university colleagues to examine data curation needs.

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      University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies Offers Online Introduction to Research Data Management Course

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on July 11th, 2012

      The University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Library and Information Studies is offering an online Introduction to Research Data Management course taught by Dorothea Salo. The course runs from 9/10/2012-11/30/2012.

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        Research Data Management: "Improving University Research Value: A Case Study"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 10th, 2012

        Kelley O'Reilly, Jeffrey Johnson, and Georgiann Sanborn have published "Improving University Research Value: A Case Study" in SAGE Open.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This article investigates the current data management practices of university researchers at an Intermountain West land-grant research university in the United States. Key findings suggest that researchers are primarily focused on the collection and housing of research data. However, additional research value exists within the other life cycle stages for research data—specifically in the stages of delivery and maintenance. These stages are where most new demands and requirements exist for data management plans and policies that are conditional for external grant funding; therefore, these findings expose a "gap" in current research practice. These findings should be of interest to academics and practitioners alike as findings highlight key management gaps in the life cycle of research data. This study also suggests a course of action for academic institutions to coalesce campus-wide assets to assist researchers in improving research value.

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          EPUB Version of Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works

          Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on July 8th, 2012

          Digital Scholarship has released an open access EPUB version of the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works.

          EPUB is the International Digital Publishing Forum's format standard for digital books. EPUB files can be read using free e-book reader software, such as Adobe Digital Editions and the Apple iBooks app (download e-book with Safari) as well as e-book readers, such as the Barnes & Noble Nook readers. See the EPUB Wikipedia page for more details and reader options.

          Here's an excerpt from the original announcement of the book:

          In a rapidly changing technological environment, the difficult task of ensuring long-term access to digital information is increasingly important. This selective bibliography presents over 650 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation. It covers digital curation and preservation copyright issues, digital formats (e.g., data, media, and e-journals), metadata, models and policies, national and international efforts, projects and institutional implementations, research studies, services, strategies, and digital repository concerns.

          Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works, such as e-prints and open access articles.

          The Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works is available as a paperback (98 pages, $9.95, ISBN 1477497692 and ISBN-13: 9781477497692) and an open access PDF file. All versions of the bibliography are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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            TechWatch: Preparing for Data-driven Infrastructure (Draft)

            Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on June 28th, 2012

            The JISC Observatory has released a draft for public comment of TechWatch: Preparing for Data-driven Infrastructure.

            Here's an excerpt :

            This report provides an overview of some concepts and approaches as well as tools, and can be used to help organisational planning. Specifically, this report:

            • describes data-centric architectures;
            • gives some examples of how data are already shared between organisations and discusses this from a datacentric perspective;
            • introduces some of the key tools and technologies that can support data-centric architectures as well as some new models of data management, including opportunities to use "cloud" services;
            • concludes with a look at the direction of travel and lists the sources cited in a References section.

            | Research Data Curation Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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              Open Data Dialogue: Final Report

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Reports and White Papers on June 24th, 2012

              Research Councils UK has released Open Data Dialogue: Final Report.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Undertaken on the behalf of the Research Councils UK in partnership with JISC, the Royal Society and Sciencewise-ERC, this public dialogue explored views on open data, data reuse and data management policies within research.

              The public dialogue was designed to:

              • Provide insight on the business issues that the dialogue will support, at the research councils and JISC
              • Build on prior work in the area and account for the wider policy framework
              • Engage people meaningfully around this complex area, enabling the public to frame issues and test out any principles emerging across a range of research contexts.

              The research comprised a number of elements:

              • an initial literature and policy review of the area
              • two reconvened discussion groups in Swindon and Oldham
              • a workshop involving key stakeholders conducted between the first and second wave of the public dialogues.

              Read more about it at Evaluation of Public Dialogue on Open Data: Report to Research Councils UK.

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                Science as an Open Enterprise

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Reports and White Papers on June 21st, 2012

                The Royal Society has released Science as an Open Enterprise.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This report analyses the impact of new and emerging technologies that are transforming the conduct and communication of research. The recommendations are designed to improve the conduct of science, respond to changing public expectations and political culture and enable researchers to maximise the impact of their research. They are designed to ensure that reproducibility and self-correction are maintained in an era of massive data volumes. They aim to stimulate the communication and collaboration where these are needed to maximise the value of data-intensive approaches to science. Action is needed to maximise the exploitation of science in business and in public policy. But not all data are of equal interest and importance. Some are rightly confidential for commercial, privacy, safety or security reasons. There are both opportunities and financial costs in the full presentation of data and metadata. The recommendations set out key principles. The main text explores how to judge their application and where accountability should lie.

                | Research Data Curation Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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                  Research Data Management: Review of DCC Tools and Guidance

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on June 14th, 2012

                  The REDm-MED Project has released the Review of DCC Tools and Guidance.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  In the course of its work, the REDm-MED Project has used various tools and guidance produced by the DCC, most notably CARDIO and DMP Online, the latter in both its checklist and software forms. The Project team found CARDIO to be promising but in need of further development before being used widely. The process of setting up a DMP Online template was relatively straightforward, but unfortunately there was no opportunity to solicit feedback from researchers on using it in the context of the tool.

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                    One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge

                    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Humanities, Reports and White Papers on June 12th, 2012

                    The Council on Library and Information Resources. has released One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement, which includes links to additional case studies:

                    This report culminates two years of work by CLIR staff involving extensive interviews and site visits with scholars engaged in international research collaborations involving computational analysis of large data corpora. These scholars were the first recipients of grants through the Digging into Data program, led by the NEH, who partnered with JISC in the UK, SSHRC in Canada, and the NSF to fund the first eight initiatives. The report introduces the eight projects and discusses the importance of these cases as models for the future of research in the academy.

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                      Repositories for Visual Arts Research Data: Kaptur Technical Report

                      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, EPrints, Reports and White Papers on June 11th, 2012

                      The KAPTUR project has released the Kaptur Technical Report.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      This report is framed around the research question: which technical system is most suitable for managing visual arts research data? . . . .

                      The Technical Manager selected 17 systems to compare with the user requirement document (Appendix B). Five of the systems had similar scores so these were short-listed. The Technical Manager created an online form into which the Project Officers entered priority scores for each of the user requirements in order to calculate a more accurate score for each of the five short-listed systems (Appendix C) and this resulted in the choice of EPrints as the software for the KAPTUR project.

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                        Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works

                        Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on June 10th, 2012

                        Digital Scholarship has released the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works.

                        In a rapidly changing technological environment, the difficult task of ensuring long-term access to digital information is increasingly important. This selective bibliography presents over 650 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation. It covers digital curation and preservation copyright issues, digital formats (e.g., data, media, and e-journals), metadata, models and policies, national and international efforts, projects and institutional implementations, research studies, services, strategies, and digital repository concerns.

                        Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works, such as e-prints and open access articles.

                        The Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works is available as a paperback (98 pages, $9.95, ISBN 1477497692 and ISBN-13: 9781477497692) and an open access PDF file. All versions of the bibliography are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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