DMPonline user group: where next?

We’ve run a couple of user group sessions over the last few weeks. Many thanks to those who attended in Amsterdam and Manchester. It was particularly helpful to hear how you are using the tool and what changes you would like. The DCC team met on Monday to process your feedback and have set the following priorities:

  1. Full text API (#2086)
    You wanted an extension of the plans API to allow authorised admin users to pull out the full text of DMPs for their organisation. Sam has already developed this but it takes a long time to run in real-time so we are going to harvest the data overnight. This requires some changes to our infrastructure but we should be able to release the API later this month.
  2. Reviewer admin permission (#2087)
    It seems that many of you have multiple reviewers of plans and would like this to be a separate role that can be assigned by the org admin. We’re in the process of adding this, and will adjust our contract so you’re not paying more for multiple plan reviewers.
  3. Adding a field for School / Division / Department (#2088)
    We plan to add one field to the edit profile page for which you can name and define a controlled value list. This will allow you to identify the sub-unit affiliation of your users. In time we could extend the functionality to allow you to pull stats on this (e.g. plans by school) and to allow customisations to be done by sub-unit level. Currently it is only the guidance that works in their vein.
  4. Conditional questions (#1772)
    This is a bigger piece of feature development, which we have scheduled for the summer months. It was top priority for you so we will add it first.
  5. Custom section on funder templates (#2072)
    Many of you have the same custom section on funder templates and want to create it once and apply across all / a selection. This will be provided as a new feature in Summer 2019.
  6. Plan versioning 
    Again, this is a bigger piece of feature development, which we have scheduled for the summer months.

There were a number of smaller items raised during discussion too. These have been added as tickets (see the ‘user group’) label and will be addressed during the coming few sprints.

Other areas of interest which represent larger feature development and are to be placed into development plans have been captured on the ‘Future enhancements’ section of the wiki for now.
 
Manchester’s case study on using DMPonline was really inspiring and we wanted to ask how we can support others to do some similar things. We realise not everyone has development effort in-house so we wondered whether it would help if we wrote a script to send you weekly/monthly email notifications of new users and plans so you can monitor usage and start to interact with and assist users more? Let us know what you think.
 
We are due to push out a new release immediately after Easter. Amongst other things, this includes:
  • bug fixes for guidance / comment display when text runs outside the box
  • adjustments to comment notification so users don’t receive multiple emails when you provide feedback
  • display of themed guidance in ‘customise template’ preview
  • table-styling fixes
  • plans by template statistics

You can see these on the test site now and in live deployment soon.

All feedback welcome!
 
Magdalena, Diana, Sam & Sarah
 

Self-organising peer review for preprints – A future paradigm for scholarly publishing

Preprints – rapidly published non peer reviewed research articles – are becoming an increasingly common fixture in scholarly communication. However, without being peer reviewed they serve a limited function, as they are often not recognised as high quality research publications. In this post Wang LingFeng discusses how the development of preprint servers as self-organising peer review platforms could be the future of […]

More new jobs at the DCC – closing date 10th May

New projects in which we’re advancing the FAIR agenda and continued growth of our consultancy work mean that we are recruiting again at the DCC. If that’s enough to pique your interest, follow the link now and ensure that your application reaches us by the closing date of 10th May 2019. If not, read on and let me try to persuade you why this could be the opportunity for you.

We’re recruiting at least two new staff to join our distributed team at the DCC. The successful applicants will spend much of their time on one or other of the FAIRs FAIR or RDA Europe 4 projects, but will also have the opportunity to engage with other areas of DCC work such as training and consultancy. You will already have some knowledge of issues around data reuse, which you may have acquired as someone who generates data, who uses it or who supports those who do either of these things, in either the public or private sector. We’re not looking for experts – just for people who have some relevant knowledge and have the capacity to expand that through working with our friendly and knowledgeable team. There is a significant amount of travel associated with most of our work and you will have the opportunity to take advantage of this, along with the opportunity to work with leading organisations around the world.

Depending on your skills and interests you’ll spend time on other areas of DCC activity as well. In recent months, these have included training  for universities and researchers in the UK, Japan, Malaysia, Norway and South Africa, and work for funders such as the ERC and Wellcome Trust and for UK national research facilities. We run services such as DMPonline for customers around the world, and there’s also our annual conference, IDCC, and much more. We offer flexible working practices and a supportive working environment with a diverse and friendly team in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We encourage applications from all communities.

You’ll need to use the University of Edinburgh’s online recruitment system to apply. This requires you to register; please don’t leave it until the last minute to enter your application. (You can revise an application that’s already been submitted as long as you do so before the closing date.) If you would like to discuss these posts informally, please contact me (Kevin Ashley – director@dcc.ac.uk), Sarah Jones (sarah.jones@glasgow.ac.uk) or the DCC helpdesk (info@dcc.ac.uk) Applications will close at 1700 UTC on May 10th. For the right candidates, this is an ideal opportunity to broaden your knowledge and experience. That candidate is very possibly you – we look forward to hearing from you.

 

How does funding and publication affect the time taken to complete a PhD?

A persistent problem for higher education policy has been how to ensure a steady supply of doctoral graduates equipped to deal with today’s global challenges. In this post Hugo Horta, Mattia Cattaneo and Michele Meoli examine the relationship between PhD funding and research productivity during PhD studies with time taken to complete a PhD and suggest that a key factor […]

The careers of carers – A numerical adjustment cannot level the playing field for researchers who take time off to care for children

Quantitative measures of the effect of caring for children on research outputs (published papers and citations) have been used by some universities as a tool to address gender bias in academic grant and job applications. In this post Adrian Barnett argues that these adjustments fail to capture the real impacts of caring for children and should be replaced with contextual […]