Online course in Business & Management

Delivering Research Data Management Services

Gain confidence in your ability to design, develop and review research data management services.

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Discover how data should be managed in your business

Data transforms the way we live and work, so it’s becoming increasingly important that it’s stored and organised correctly. On this course, you’ll learn how to develop and deliver effective data management services to improve research in your organisation.

You’ll discover common research support services, how to create data management plans, and how to develop your own research data management roadmap.

Learn from experts in the field from the internationally-recognised Digital Curation Centre and Research Data Netherlands and build your confidence in supporting researchers and preserving data.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsWe are surrounded by data - it is ever-increasing and is transforming society. So how do we manage and make the most of it? What support do researchers need to store, organise and share their data? And how can your organisation help? These questions will be answered in this online course. We will explain how to develop data management services to improve research in your organisation. These services help researchers find, analyse, store and share data. The course is developed by the Digital Curation Centre and Research Data Netherlands. We each deliver data management services at an institutional and national level and will share our experience with you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsThe course draws in many international examples and provides a forum so you can share ideas and grow your professional network. Many groups play a role in supporting researchers with their data. Services within institutions like the library, IT and research office - national data services, ethical and legal advisors. We will give you the tools and best practice examples to discover how to develop services in your local context. Join us and learn how!

What topics will you cover?

  • What research support services are commonly offered and who is responsible for providing them?
  • How to perform your own gap analysis and what tools you will need to make it happen
  • How to support researchers to develop Data Management Plans (DMPs) and offer feedback or consultations 
  • How to provide for short and long term preservation and storage of research data and where possible, use existing community standards
  • How to develop your own RDM Roadmap

When would you like to start?

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    This course started 2 Sep 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop confidence among research support professionals in designing, developing and reviewing institutional RDM services
  • Identify the complexities of setting up new service(s) through practical tips, helpful use cases, interactive models, (collaborative) exercises and above all through having the opportunity to learn from experts in the field
  • Develop and build a community that will collectively support each other in the provision of services to support and encourage researchers in data management and sharing best practice, and through this spur innovation and growth
  • Engage with RDNL (NL) and DCC (UK), to provide learners with guidance and training of international remit that can be applied in various contexts, crossing national borders and industries

Who is the course for?

This course is for individuals that support researchers to manage and share their data, including librarians, IT and information specialists, data stewards, and research office staff.

Who will you learn with?

S Venkataraman

S Venkataraman

Venkat originally was a biologist, and was also involved in a repository and gained expertise in RDM. He took that knowledge to the DCC to train and advocate best practice across research subjects.

Alex Delipalta

Alex Delipalta

Alex has an MSc in Developmental Linguistics, and 3 years of experience as an RA in speech & language processing. She now provides project support for the Digital Curation Centre.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Sarah has over a decade of experience in research data management and open science. She is involved in many international initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud & Research Data Alliance.

René van Horik

René van Horik

Senior project manager at DANS (NL). Involved in EU projects that work on the implementation of the "European Open Science Cloud".

Ellen Verbakel

Ellen Verbakel

Ellen Verbakel is a trained librarian but moved to 4TU.Centre for Research Data where she is now working as a data trainer. Being a coach at the course is a very important part of her daily work.

Who developed the course?

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities and is globally recognised for research, innovation and high-quality teaching.

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is an internationally-recognised centre of expertise in digital curation with a focus on building capability and skills for research data management.

Research Data Netherlands is an alliance between 4TU.Centre for Research Data, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) and SURFsara.

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