International Digital Curation Conference

Data managers, technologists, researchers and other supporters of research data managent converged at the end of February in Edinburgh, Scotland for the 12th International Digital Curation Conference. The focus of the conference was embedding digital curation workflows for data science, scholarship and society. This is something we are doing at the University of Melbourne and is a key component of the Digital Preservation Project.

skyline of Edinburgh.

A large part of the conference was devoted to data management planning and how we can do this better. The two leading online platforms that support the creation of data management plans (DMPs) have recently agreed to collaborate on a single code base and to make plans more useful and machine actionable. As a user of DMPonline, the University of Melbourne will benefit from this collaboration.

I was able to showcase the University’s recent online training program Managing Data @Melbourne. This training program has been developed by a team from Research and Collections and Scholarly Information, in association with the Learning Environments team.

After the conference I attended a workshop on International Activities in Research Data Management Education. This workshop featured Robin Rice (one of the developers of the MANTRA training program, on which Managing Data @Melbourne is based). Also presenting were Nancy McGovern, who discussed her work with the Digital Preservation Management Workshop series, and William Kilbride from the Digital Preservation Coalition who talked on their Getting Started and Making Progress workshop series and discussed how fundamental preservation concepts are essential to RDM plans and training.