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4th International Digital Curation Conference

01-03 December 2008 |

In partnership with the National e-Science Centre [external] and supported by the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) [external] we held our 4th International Digital Curation Conference on the theme "Radical Sharing: Transforming Science?," which comprised a mix of peer-reviewed papers, invited presentations and international keynote speakers.

National e-Science Centre

Coalition for Networked Information


The Programme Committee was chaired by:

  • Chris Rusbridge, Director, Digital Curation Centre
  • Prof. Anne Trefethen, Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre
  • Dr. Dave Berry, Head of Development Services, IS Applications Division, University of Edinburgh


We ran a programme of workshops on Monday 1 December that included sessions on:

  • DCC Curation Lifecycle Model
  • Data Audit Framework (DAF)
  • DCC Curation Tools
  • OAIS 5 Year Review
  • Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) Interactive
  • Repository Curation Service Environments (RECURSE)

Other than the OAIS 5 Year Review Workshop, which was free, the other workshops were £25.00 for Associates Network members and £50.00 for non members.

The first day of the conference focussed on three key topics:

  • Radical sharing, new ways of doing science e.g. large scale research networks, mass collaboration, dynamic publishing tools, wikis, blogs, social networks, visualisations and immersive environments
  • Sustainability of curation
  • Legal issues including privacy, confidentiality and consent, intellectual property rights and provenance

The second day of the conference was dedicated to research and development and featured peer-reviewed papers in themed sessions.

There was a pre-conference drinks reception on Monday 1 December at Our Dynamic Earth [external] from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, and a conference dinner on the evening of Tuesday 2 December at Edinburgh Castle [external].

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The cost for attending was £200.00 for DCC Associates Network members and £220.00 for non-members. Membership of our Associates Network is free so why not become a member today and save some money?

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Venue and Accommodation

The conference was held at the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor hotel [external]. Just 50 metres from Haymarket Station, this venue was perfect for Princes Street shopping and Edinburgh's attractions. See a map showing where the hotel is located [external].

For directions to and from the hotel see the travel details and arrival information page [external].

Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Accommodation

A limited number of single-occupancy rooms at the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor hotel were available to delegates at a special rate of £95.00 for bed and breakfast. Visit the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Reservations page [external] to book a room. Any bedrooms not booked by 2 November 2008 were released onto general sale, and any bedrooms required after that date were subject to availability.

Alternate Accommodation

We arranged alternate delegate accommodation at nearby hotels through an organisation called the Edinburgh Convention Bureau. Visit the Edinburgh Convention Bureau Reservations page [external] to book a room. Availability was guaranteed at these hotels until 17 October 2008. After this date bookings could still be made but availability was not guaranteed.

Accommodation for Speakers

If you are an invited speaker then please contact our event organiser to arrange your accommodation.

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Current sponsors for this event are:

Sun Microsystems

Microsoft Research

Further Information

If you have any questions about the conference, or would like to become a sponsor, then please contact our event organiser.

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