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1 Digital | Curation | Centre Continuing Access to Research Data: The New Digital Curation Centre Peter Burnhill Director (Phase One) Funded by:

2 Digital | Curation | Centre 2 An Overview Personal Provenance Digital Curation Centre –what it is (and is not) –whos involved Curating the Future Were all Curators Now

3 Digital | Curation | Centre 3 Personal Provenance: A Data Person

4 Digital | Curation | Centre 4 Demand-side Verbs from Virtual Library Discover information object of interest e.g. reference in an A&I databases or cited at the foot of an article Locate service on information object e.g. a service giving electronic access to the full text of the article, or ones own library having the volume on a shelf nearby Request use of service via payment of money or (better still) privilege of membership: involves authorisation and authentication Access (service on) object of interest e.g. online access (and print-out), personal visit or document delivery MODELS workshops, UKOLN/JISC eLib Programme, 1994ish

5 Digital | Curation | Centre 5 UK Digital Curation Centre identified in Report commissioned by JISC Cttee for Support of Research (Lord & Macdonald, May 2003) –Twin drivers Digital Preservation: ePublishing (DPC) & eLearning Continuing Access: e-Science, data deluge & Res Council policies Call to set up DCC in JISC Circular 6/03, June 2003 –Ambitious & demanding remit, –Joint funding by JISC and e-Science Core Programme Funding for outreach, services & development Funding for research programme Task entrusted to Consortium of four partners –award made Feb/March 2004

6 Digital | Curation | Centre 6 Overall Aim continuing quality improvement in data curation & digital preservation Initial focus: data as evidential base for scholarly conclusions –role of data archiving & preservation as keys to reproducibility and reuse Wider context & remit: worlds of scholarly communication & eLearning

7 Digital | Curation | Centre 7 Objectives vibrant research programme –addressing the wider issues of digital curation Collaborative Associates Network of Data Organisations –outreach for strong links across existing community of practice –engagement with curators (individuals & organisations) service definition and delivery –to evaluate tools, methods, standards and policies –a repository of tools and technical information virtuous circle –expertise, experience & requirement feed into the DCC research programme

8 Digital | Curation | Centre 8 What the DCC is not... … a national digital repository … an attempt to teach grandmothers to suck eggs … just another advisory service

9 Digital | Curation | Centre 9 DCC Consortium Partners Four Consortium partner institutions: –University of Edinburgh - lead partner –University of Glasgow (HATII) –University of Bath (UKOLN) –CCLRC (Rutherford and Daresbury Laboratories) Prior links via National eScience Centre (NeSC) –jointly managed by Universities of Edinburgh & Glasgow

10 Digital | Curation | Centre 10 Some Names & Responsibilities Them with titles … –Peter Burnhill, Director (Phase One) with Robin Rice, Phase One Project Co-ordinator EDINA & Data Library, University of Edinburgh –Peter Buneman Research Director (& PI on EPSRC grant) Informatics, University of Edinburgh –Liz Lyon, Associate Director (Community Support & Outreach) UKOLN, University of Bath –Seamus Ross, Associate Director (Service Definition & Delivery) HATII, University of Glasgow –David Giaretta, Associate Director (Development) CCLRC Two significant & well known Ex Portfolio names –Malcolm Atkinson, Director, NeSC –Chris Rusbridge, Director, Information Services, UofGlasgow

11 What needs to be done Respond to policy imperatives twin aims:excellence in research & excellence in service –international respect & national leadership –meeting the needs of e-Science impact now and into the future –manage complexity, risk and sustainability Bridge across communities universities & research institutes scientific data tradition & document tradition different disciplinary perspectives engaging the information & computing sciences Develop a collaborative model Associates Network of Data Organisations

12 CCLRCUKOLN UofGUofE CMS-Bristol NIEeS RG Durham WT-CFG Leicester IC Maastricht Oxford Dutch NA Swiss NA Urbino UNC Salzburg SDSC NEODC CEH RI NCS RLG Innogen NHS Capri NTUA INRIA HUJ UPC Max- Planck MIMAS IASSIST LDC ACM Data Archive EDG GridPP EGEE Cambridge Leicester Jodrell Bank DLI (US) DPC DELOS UNC ESA NASA NARA CNES ESA RLG BNSC TU Vienna UPenn EBI MRC HGU Kyoto USC INRIA GSK Roslin NDC C CAND O IBM Almaden JHU CSIRO Caltech JHU CSIRO CDS ESO OCLC AHDS Microsoft IBM Oracle BT STK BADC BODC ESO IVOA Research Councils HEIs & FE Research Institutes International Collaborations Standards Bodies DPC MIMAS ILRT Council for Museums, Archives & Libraries RDN. OCLC Soton OAI NOF NLA NeSC

13 developing the collaborative model Industry research collaborators standards bodies testbeds & tools communities of practice: users community support & outreach research development services management & co- ordination curation organisations eg DPC Collaborative Associates Network of Data Organisations

14 Digital | Curation | Centre 14 Digital Curation(1): Terminology actions needed to maintain and utilise digital data & research results over entire life-cycle – for current and future generations of users. alongside which is Archiving –appraisal & retention/disposal logical & physical integrity: authenticity/security and Digital Preservation –long-run technological/legal accessibility & usability Data curation in science –maintenance of body of trusted data to represent current state of knowledge in area of research.

15 Digital | Curation | Centre 15 Digital Curation (2) Digital Curation = Data Curation * Digital Preservation two organising themes: –data as evidence –archival responsibility mix of traditions and of activities –shared concern for current and future scholarship –whats different about the digital, about data maintenance of body of trusted data

16 Digital | Curation | Centre 16 Digital Curation (3) Digital Curation = Data Curation * Digital Preservation Data Curation –Data in use (huge, distributed, for long periods) –Adding value (eg annotation) –Combination and re-combination (provenance) Digital Preservation –Future technological/legal accessibility & usability –Significance of designated community (OAIS)

17 Curation in action Astronomy Integrating and analysing distributed data (AstroGrid) publishing multi-TB sky surveys (SuperCOSMOS & WFCAM) interoperability standards (IVO Alliance) BioInformatics data publishing: generic tools for XML export (EBI Biomart) annotation tools for massive data sets (Pubmed, VOTable) archiving tools for dynamic data sets (biological DBs) Environmental sciences spatio-temporal annotation (OS Mastermap/ Mouse Atlas) Document management Tools for capture & normalisation (Xena) Repository certification (RLG Task Force)

18 Digital Preservation Issues Supporting ingest, management and dissemination Registries: file formats, metadata, peripheral devices Tracking and testing tools and standards ingest, repository management, data exchange, ontologies, interoperability, metadata Using OAIS as reference against which to test new models and architectures Research topics –Repositories: repository models, registries –Long-term viability of metadata –Preservation strategies for emerging digital formats Invest to Save, Report and recommendations of the NSF-DELOS Working Group on Digital Archiving and Preservation (2003)

19 Digital | Curation | Centre 19 Research & Development Research –Annotation, Data integration and publication –Appraisal and long-term preservation –Socio-economic & legal context rights, responsibilities and viability –Performance and Optimisation Development into Services –Standards & Testbeds –File Formats –Registry of Metadata Standards Further topics: Evolution of structure, Ontologies, Emulation

20 Research Agenda Aims evidence & curation as integrative activities –usability & automation –novel & visible research deliverables/testbeds Hot Topics –annotation & provenance universal interest, wide subject, eg referencing –data publishing metadata, Grid services, integration, security, optimisation –archiving and appraisal process automation at ingest, curating change, scalability –socio-economic and legal organisational dynamics, rights/responsibilities Reach out & listen - virtuous circle

21 Development Turns Research into Products for Research that our communities can use with confidence –tracking and testing tools and standards that are correct, usable, reliable, well documented e.g. for ingest, repository management, data exchange, ontologies working with tool developers wherever possible developing testbeds & interworking with other testbeds –aim to gain leverage formats working with other projects worldwide using generic tools and techniques –to develop strategies for emerging digital formats –Metadata standards long-term viability of metadata Registries underpin this work to provide basis of Advisory Service

22 Digital | Curation | Centre 22 Setting up the DCC Funding from the JISC began on 1 March 2004 –EPSRC Research funding begins on 1 September 2004 expect to harvest early crop from extant research Phase One Set-up –from now until Launch of Centre in October 2004 –face2face meetings: 20/21 March & 24/25 June drawing up programme of deliverables re-deploying & recruiting staff –aim to have appointed full time director in time for Launch

23 Digital | Curation | Centre 23 Early deliverables Website at –visit to learn of updates & progress especially of such work in progress as –draft of DCC Approach to Digital Curation »Dr David Giaretta, DCC Associate Director (CCLRC) –launch of e-journal »Dr Liz Lyon, DCC Associate Director (UKOLN) –Digital Curation Manual »Dr Seamus Ross, DCC Associate Director (HATII) –and Presentations like this to help build the Associates Network –Leona Carpenter Helpdesk at –contact us with offers of collaboration

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