• Historic news once sung on street corners is now being captured online in a virtual resource.  4,000 ballads from 18th and 19th century Wales are launching on a website run by Cardiff University and the National Library of Wales. The songs document the important issues of their day, such as workers’ rights and crime, as well as local festivals and village gossip. Funded through a £66,000 grant from JISC, the project has completed a network of digital resources giving access to these precious documents.…
    • Climate scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) will soon be demonstrating new methods of providing open access to research data thanks to a major new investment from JISC to improve the way UK university researchers manage their data. Dr Simon Hodson, programme manager at JISC, says: “Climate scientists have been under the spotlight recently: there have been technical and cultural challenges to making data and methods openly available, and a perception of failure to do so has been taken by…
      • Emerging findings from the first annual report of a major three-year study into the information seeking behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students show that there are striking similarities between students born between 1982 and 1994 and older age groups. Researchers of Tomorrow was commissioned by JISC and the British Library to establish a benchmark for research behaviour, against which future generations can be measured – and also to provide guidance for librarians, information specialists and policy…
        • Higher and further education have a leading role in harnessing crucial expertise from inside and outside the institution. Inform brings you examples of how colleges and universities are discovering new partnerships with business, through interviews with Professor Cliff Hardcastle at Teeside University and other strategists. While 20 years ago a group of scholars working on a common problem would have had to spend considerable amounts of money and time to enable their collaboration, new virtual environments…
          • Speaking ahead of this week's OER symposium, Brian Lamb from the University of British Columbia urges higher education to show leadership in difficult times. “Given the crises in economics and the environment, and the many challenges we face in modern society, it seems perverse to hoard knowledge in any form. We have an urgent need to harness all the ingenuity and expertise that we can, and higher education must show leadership in this respect,” he argues. Lamb’s argument is particularly topical…
            • The International Household Survey Network just released a new publication on “Principles and Good Practice for Preserving Data”. This document produced by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social research (ICPSR) provides basic guidance for managers in statistical agencies who are responsible for preserving data using the principles and good practice defined by the digital [...]
              • The ODaF Europe 2010 meeting will take place at the Library and IT Services, Tilburg University, Netherlands on July 7th-8th. This year’s theme focuses on the rapidly growing topic of Semantic Statistics. The presentations and discussions will focus on recent activity regarding SDMX, DDI, ISO/IEC 11179, RDF serialization, and the standards and technologies involved in [...]
                • The World Bank Group today announced that it has thrown open the doors to its statistical databases and is challenging the global community to use the data to create new applications and solutions to help poor people in the developing world. Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group is now [...]
                  • The DISC-UK DataShare project ended last year, and so this marks the end of this blog. We did write up our self-evaluation for JISC, our funder, in December, which any project followers might be interested to read. As for followup activities, there are many. Oxford is undertaking the Embedding Institutional Data Curation Services in Research (EIDCSR) , funded by JISC. Southampton also has a new JISC-funded project, Institutional Data Management Blueprint , which aims to 'to create a practical and…
                    • Three international statistical meetings in 2010 included coverage of SDMX: OECD / UNECE Expert Group on SDMX, Geneva, 8-9 March 2010 UNECE / Eurostat / OECD Work Session on Statistical Metadata (METIS), Geneva, 10-12 March, 2010 UNECE / Eurostat / OECD Meeting on the Management of Statistical Information Systems (MSIS), Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 26-29 [...]
                      • Robin Rice gave a presentation to the DSpace User Group Meeting in Gothenburg Sweden on 15 October, 2009, entitled "Edinburgh DataShare : Tackling research data in a DSpace institutional repository." The presentation is saved in the University of Gothenburg repository, GUPEA, along with a video of the live presentation.
                      • We are pleased to announce that a new SDMX Users Forum is now available at http://www.sdmxusers.org/forum. The Forum, hosted by the Open Data Foundation, provides a virtual discussion space for individuals and organizations interested in SDMX and/or in the process of implementing SDMX. It is a place where issues, questions, and ideas can be brought [...]
                        • The SDMX Users Forum is now available to the SDMX User Community. The Forum provides a virtual discussion space for individuals and organisations interested in SDMX and/or in the process of implementing SDMX. It is a place where issues, questions, and ideas can be brought forward for discussion by the active SDMX Community and experts. The [...]
                          • Several training sessions on SDMX are being organised in November 2009. The UNECE is organizing SDMX training for statisticians working in international organizations in Geneva on 12 November. The training sessions will be held in the Palais des Nations (agenda). United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Westerns Asia, together with the Arab Institute for [...]
                            • Updated information about SDMX implementations, operational or envisaged by international organisations and countries, is provided in the Implementations section. You are encouraged to share information concerning your SDMX plans and developments by sending the standard form provided in that section to the SDMX Secretariat at secretariat@sdmx.org.
                              • As follow-up activity to the DataShare and Data Audit Framework projects at the University of Edinburgh, a new set of web pages have been written as guidance for university researchers on research data management, sharing and preservation, published as part of a re-launched University of Edinburgh Information Services website. The shortcut URL is: http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/data-management Similar initiatives have been collected and linked on a page from the Australia National Data Service .
                                • Data Sharing : Specials : Nature News Nature data sharing special edition including detailed on pre-publication and post-publication data sharing and tools [tags: Data curation , data sharing , data management ] See the rest of my Faves at Faves
                                • We have an extra treat from Repository Fringe courtesy of Robin Taylor of Edinburgh University Main Library who has kindly allowed us to share his notes on Round Table Sessions A and C: Round Table A: "Practical impact and experiences of institutional OA mandates for IRs" (Helen Muir, Queen Margaret University) Opening remarks from Helen Muir indicated that there had been resistance to the mandate: Perception that it was a time burden. Researchers resented feeling pressurised. There are two…
                                  • Peter Burnhill is introducing our last session of the Fringe with thanks and acknowledgments of organizers and supporters. He has also paid tribute to Rachel Heery who was a friend and colleague of many at this event and who sadly passed away last week. A tribute to her from her colleagues can be found on the UKOLN website . Finally Peter has handed over to our Closing Plenary by Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). Clifford arrived this morning and has been able to…
                                    • Fresh from lunch, a brief chat with Clifford Lynch (he's been reading the blog en route to the event) and some overheard checking of cricket scores we're moving onto the afternoon Tutorial. Jordan Hatcher (ipVP) & Jo Walsh ( EDINA ): Implementing Open Data A chat on the work of the Open Knowledge Foundation, including CKAN and Knowledge Forge (led by Jo) and then an in-depth session on the legal side of open data, including the new legal tools available through OpenDataCommons.org, including a…
                                      • This morning the Repository Fringe breaks into 3 groups: the DCC Network is holding an event, there are Round Table sessions and we'll be blogging from the Tutorials. If you want to see the comments from other sections you can please take a look at the CoverItLive stream on the Repository Fringe website . Simon Bains is our chair today and he's introducing our tutorial from Talat and Stephanie from UKOLN. Talat Chaudri (UKOLN) - Building application profiles in practice: agile development and…
                                        • After a very nice lunch the Repository Fringe split into two groups. The DataShare meeting took place in another room in the Informatics Forum (and I hope that a wee post summarizing that session will be possible) whilst I stuck with Ballroom A for the Show and Tell sessions. Morag Watson, Digital Library Development Manager, Edinburgh University Library Morag will be talking about Open Journal Software (OJS) . We bid for the Repository Enhancement Strange JISC strand as Corpus: We partnered with st…
                                          • What is Pecha Kucha? A formal presentation style, which gives rise to some very inspiring talks. In essence, you have 20 slides in your talk (not 19, not 21), and each slide is displayed for 20 seconds. The whole presentation therefore lasts for 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This morning's sessions are in three bundles of three speakers each and we'll be voting them (using golden nuggets and cowboy hats to indicate our preference!). Group A James Toon, University of Edinburgh : ERIScotland ERIS is:…
                                            • Today and tomorrow this blog will be covering 2009: Beyond the Repository Fringe and we're just about to get started with an introduction from Simon Bains, Head of Digital Library at Edinburgh University. Simon is introducing us to our lovely venue for the day - The Informatics Forum - and the fact that we are due to have a fire alarm this morning so there may be a very short gap in blogging. Simon is also introducing our official Welcome from Sheila Cannell, Head of Edinburgh University Library…
                                              • My name is Nicola Osborne and I am the Social Media Officer for Edina . For the next two days I will be using the DataShare blog to cover the Repository Fringe 2009 event which is being held at the Informatics Forum of the University of Edinburgh on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st July 2009. I'll be sitting in on most of the sessions and posting up notes and summaries here as well as Tweeting the highlights of the Fringe. If you are interested in joining in from your own desk you will be able to see…
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