We’re attending “Standing on the Digits of Giants: Research data, preservation and innovation”, a joint DPC and ALPSP event, on 8th March.
This seminar 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.”
Research data & preservation
We are very much looking forward to attending. We are currently developing a new training offering for research data managers, starting with a one-day bespoke workshop on digital preservation of research data for the ARMA this May. Seminars like this one will help us get an even better perspective on the requirements of this new audience. We’re hoping to hear use cases, examples and case studies that can help us improve our training offering.
We’ve long been familiar with the technology surrounding the publication of scholarly monographs, journals and research papers (for example, in EPrints) and the associated Open Access / attribution / copyright issues. But we need to engage with applying these lessons to research data itself. We’re aware of the EPSRC Guidelines that help to drive preservation, and that some universities are engaging with the matter as part of a wider preservation initiative.
We’re certain that metadata and software – as noted above – have an important role to play in this process, so we’re hoping to expand our knowledge and form a clear idea of what a comprehensive and complete scholarly record will look like.
As the headline on the ALPSP website says, “Access is not a one time event, it’s an ongoing process.”
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