Is your essential research data well managed?

The International Digital Curation Conference, launched seven years ago in Bath, is returning to the west from 6 to 7 December 2011 with a two-day event taking place in Bristol.

As major funders of research increasingly require grant applicants to submit data management plans, and with successful grant holders held accountable for the stewardship of often irreplaceable digital resources, universities are under increasing pressure to improve the data management techniques of research staff.

Now in its 7th year, the International Digital Curation Conference will give those involved in data creation and management an opportunity to get together with like-minded data practitioners to discuss policy and practice.

The event will be opened with a pre-conference drinks reception and welcome address from Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bath, on 5 December at the SS Great Britain.

Professor Breakwell said: “Digital curation is becoming an increasingly important issue for universities. There is a requirement for the HE sector to adapt its infrastructure to support the management of data and to equip data practitioners with the skills they need to fulfil their stewardship obligations.

“I am pleased to be welcoming the International Digital Curation Conference, launched for the first time seven years ago in Bath, back to the south west. I am sure the event will be extremely informative and contribute to the sector’s continued progress in digital data management.”

The programme will include invited speakers in plenary sessions, together with an interactive afternoon during which posters, demonstrations, a symposium and informal meetings will take place.

There will also be presentations and discussion about peer-reviewed papers covering all types of digital curation research and scholarship.

The conference will take place at the Marriott Royal Hotel in Bristol. A full programme and registration are all available on the Digital Curation Centre website.

The International Digital Curation Conference is organised by the JISC funded Digital Curation Centre in collaboration with the Coalition for Networked Information.

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