The Job I Currently Do
My research activities are currently split between two projects. As one of the staff attached to the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), I have worked on the SCARP Project Case Study for Engineering research, as well as reporting on the state of the art in Web archiving and in preservation and curation for institutional repositories. I have also helped to analyse the impact of the International Journal of Digital Curation, drawn up a blogging policy for the DCC Community Development Team and monitored the associated blogging activity. I am part of the DCC's Insitutional Engagement team and look after the DCC's Tools Catalogue.
My remaining effort is directed towards the Community Capability Model for Data Intensive Research (CCMDIR) Project, funded by Microsoft Research.
My first assignment at UKOLN was to the KIM Grand Challenge Project, otherwise known as Immortal Information and Through-Life Knowledge Management: Strategies and Tools for the Emerging Product-Service Paradigm. This project found robust ways of handling engineering information and knowledge, so that design information and rationale can be accessed, understood, updated and re-purposed throughout the lifetime of a product. My research focus in that project was using lightweight formats to facilitate more integrated use of design information across the product lifecycle, and to provide fallback curation surrogates. KIM was followed by two further (and much smaller) projects that sought to establish good data management practices among researchers in Engineering. The first of these, ERIM, focused on the Innovative design and Manufacturing Research Centre at Bath and developed the Research Activity Information Development (RAID) Modelling Methodology. The second, REDm-MED, broadened the results of ERIM to the entire Department of Mechanical Engineering and developed the RAIDMap software tool to assist in the creation of RAID diagrams.