• University of Edinburgh
  • Digital Curation Centre
  • Research Data Netherlands

Delivering Research Data Management Services

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

5,087 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
  • Accreditation

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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 seconds We 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 seconds The 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!


  • Week 1


    • Welcome to the course

      This activity introduces the importance of research data management and places it in the context of the global movement towards Open Research, and ultimately Open Science.

    • A case for RDM

      A case for RDM

    • Case studies

      RDM case studies.

  • Week 2

    Gap analysis

    • Introduction to Gap analysis

      This week's activities aim to provide you with the fundamentals to self-evaluate an institution’s current ability in delivering the requisite services and where they want to progress to.

    • Using RISE

      Using the RISE toolkit to evaluate current RDM offerings.

  • Week 3

    First steps

    • First steps

      In this activity, you will learn how to put a data management plan (DMP) into action.

    • DMP web pages

      Data management plan websites

    • DMP services

      An overview of DMP services

  • Week 4


    • Repositories

      This week you will learn about repositories and how they can be certified.

    • Metadata, sharing and legal issues

      Metadata, sharing and legal issues

  • Week 5


    • Getting started with roadmaps

      This activity will help you plan a roadmap for delivering research data services at your institution.

    • Developing your own roadmap

      Developing your own roadmap

    • Review and reflection

      Review and reflection

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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?

Venkat has a background in biology, imaging and repositories and gained expertise in RDM. He then became the lead trainer at the DCC and is currently the Training Officer for OpenAIRE.

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 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.

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

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.

Ryan is a Research Data Specialist at the Digital Curation Centre and has an academic background in the humanities. At the DCC, he is involved in a number EU research projects focused on EOSC.

Who developed the course?

The University of Edinburgh

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.

Digital Curation Centre (DCC)

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

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

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