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Quick update from International Digital Curation Conference

2 December 2008 No Comment

Just a quick note from the IDCC given I was introduced as “one of those people who are probably blogging the conference”. I spoke this morning giving a talk on Radical Sharing – Transforming Science? A version of the slides is available at slideshare. It seemed to go reasonably well and I got some positive comments. The highlight for me today was John Wilbanks speaking this evening – John always gives a great talk (slides will also be on his slideshare at some point) and I invariably learn something. Today that was the importance of distinguishing between citation (which is a term from the scholarly community) and attribution (which is a term with specific legal meaning in copyright law). Having used the two interchangeably in my talk (no recording unfortunately) John made the point that it is important to distinguish the two practices, particularly the reasons that motivate themand the different enforcement frameworks.

Interesting talks this afternoon on costing for digital curation – not something I have spent a lot of time thinking about but clearly something that is rather important. Also this morning talks on CARMEN and iPLANT, projects that are delivering on infrastructure for sharing and re-using data. Tonight we are off to Edinburgh castle for the dinner which should be fun and tomorrow I make an early getaway to get to more meetings.

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