The Birds of a Feather sessions were a new feature of the IDCC conferences introduced in 2015. I attended the session on ‘Building Infrastructure for scientific data: Contrasting curation approaches across the lifecycle” in which practitioners compared notes on the tools they are providing for researchers to curate their data. The aim of the session was explained by the conveners as “to bring people together to talk about succeses in building infrastructure and effectively engaging scientists in data curation and overcoming challenges”.
WITNESS: Digital Preservation (in Plain Language) as a Tool for Justice
Some of you information professionals may have experienced incidents where, in the middle of a breezy conversation, you get caught off guard by a question about your work (“What do you do?”) and you struggle to come up with a straightforward, clear answer without losing the listener’s attention or narcotizing them into a stupor with […]
Announcing The Dash Tool: Data Sharing Made Easy
We are pleased to announce the launch of Dash – a new self-service tool from the UC Curation Center (UC3) and partners that allows researchers to describe, upload, and share their research data. Dash helps researchers perform the following tasks: Prepare data for curation by reviewing best practice guidance for the creation or acquisition of […]
Dash Project Receives Funding!
We are happy to announce the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has funded our project to improve the user interface and functionality of our Dash tool! You can read the full grant text at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2mw6v93b. More about Dash Dash is a University of California project to create a platform that allows researchers to easily describe, deposit and […]
UC3, PLOS, and DataONE join forces to build incentives for data sharing
We are excited to announce that UC3, in partnership with PLOS and DataONE, are launching a new project to develop data-level metrics (DLMs). This 12-month project is funded by an Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) grant from the National Science Foundation, and will result in a suite of metrics that track and measure data use. The […]
DataUp is Merging with Dash!
Exciting news! We are merging the DataUp tool with our new data sharing platform, Dash. About Dash Dash is a University of California project to create a platform that allows researchers to easily describe, deposit and share their research data publicly. Currently the Dash platform is connected to the UC3 Merritt Digital Repository; however, we […]
Untangling the Knot of CAD Preservation
At the 2014 Society of American Archivists meeting, the CAD/BIM Taskforce held a session titled “Frameworks for the Discussion of Architectural Digital Data” to consider the daunting matter of archiving computer-aided design and Building Information Modelling files. This was the latest evidence that — despite some progress in standards and file exchange — archivists and the […]
NDSA Standards and Practices Survey: Ranking Stumbling Blocks for Video Preservation
A new thread emerged during the recent monthly conference calls of the Standards and Practices Working Group of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA). What do we do about preserving video? It’s a problem for many of our members. One participant even commented that video is often the last content type to be added to […]
Preserving Digital and Software-Based Artworks: Recap of a NDSA Discussion
In response to a suggestion from our active membership, the NDSA Standards and Practices Working Group recently hosted a discussion about preserving digital and software-based artworks. Interestingly, the suggestion for this topic came not from a museum staffer but by Winston Atkins, Preservation Officer at Duke University Libraries. Complex materials like digital art works and […]
Git/GitHub: A Primer for Researchers
I might be what a guy named Everett Rogers would call an “early adopter“. Rogers wrote a book back in 1962 call The Diffusion of Innovation, wherein he explains how and why technology spreads through cultures. The “adoption curve” from his book has been widely used to visualize the point at which a piece of technology or […]