Research at Risk

DCC 101-Lite Course for Prospective Bidders to Data Management Infrastructure Call

JISC and DCC Joint Workshop: Digital Curation 101 Lite
15 July 2009
Park Plaza Hotel,
Leeds, England

About the Course
This course is being offered jointly by JISC and the DCC to support new bids under the JISC Data Management Infrastructure Programme call. Using our DCC Curation Lifecycle Model ( as a reference point, this one-day course will introduce participants to the range and nature of data curation activities and provide hands-on experience in making use of the Data Audit Framework (DAF) and Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA).  The event will run from 11:00-16:00 to allow for travel.

The majority of scientific research is carried out through short-term, funded projects. Accordingly, principle investigators and researchers must constantly be on the lookout for new funding opportunities to continue their research activity. This, coupled with often limited staffing resources, has meant that data management and curation activities have not generally been given a high priority within research projects. However, research councils and funding bodies are becoming increasingly aware of the value of sharing and reusing data and now require evidence of adequate and appropriate provisions for data management and curation in new grant funding applications. To assist researchers in developing sound data management and curation plans, we developed this workshop to provide an introduction to digital curation and the range of activities that should be considered when planning and implementing new projects.

Benefits of Participation
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have gained an insight into the range and nature of data management and curation activities that should be considered when planning new research projects using the digital curation lifecycle model as a reference point, and be better equipped to develop bids that reflect the recommendations cited in the JISC Data Management Infrastructure Programme call.

Target Audience
The target audience for this workshop is prospective bidders for the JISC Data Management Infrastructure Programme call.


  • explore how digital curation can support and safeguard research.
  • explore the digital curation lifecycle.
  • identify the processes and activities involved in good practice for research data management.
  • be aware of the free services and tools available to assist with curation activities

This course is offered free of charge but places are limited to 25 participants. Register at

Further courses may be added over the life of the Data Management Infrastructure Programme. Details will be posted via the DCC and JISC websites as they are confirmed.

Please note: This course aims to introduce participants to the range of activities and stakeholders that should be considered for active data curation, from conceptualisation of research projects through to access and reuse of data generated. If you are more interested in learning about organisational and technological issues with regards to digital preservation, we highly recommend the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP)  ( which is targeted at managers in institutions who are grappling with fundamental digital preservation issues.

Joy Davidson, DCC,