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Research Data Management

Courses, Conferences, and Workshops

Self-Directed Learning Opportunities

Courses, Conferences, and Workshops (a non-exhaustive list)

A non-exhaustive list of formal courses, conferences or workshops on Research Data Management:

Table of training courses, conference and workshops
Name Description and link(s)
Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Research Data Management and Sharing

The MANTRA team at the University of Edinburgh has joined forces with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill CRADLE team (Curating Research Assets and Data Using Lifecycle Education) to produce a new Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called Research Data Management and Sharing.

The MOOC uses the Coursera on-demand format to provide short, video-based lessons and assessments across a five-week period, but learners can proceed at their own pace. Although no formal credit is assigned for the MOOC, Statements of Accomplishment will be available to any learner who completes a course for a small fee.

The next cycle of the Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC will launch 14 August, 2017. Subjects covered in the 5-week course follow the stages of any research project. They are:

  • Understanding Research Data
  • Data Management Planning
  • Working with Data
  • Sharing Data
  • Archiving Data

Dr. Helen Tibbo from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill delivers four of the five sets of lessons, and Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre, delivers the University of Edinburgh-developed content in week 3, Working with Data. Quizzes and supplementary videos add to the learning experience, and assignments are peer reviewed by fellow learners, with questions and answers handled by peers and team teachers in the forum.

Staff from both organizations will monitor the learning forums and the peer-reviewed assignments to make sure learners are on the right track, and to watch for adjustments needed in course content.

The course is open to enrollment now. www.coursera.org/learn/...

Coursera Master of Computer Science in Data Science

The Coursera-based University of Illinois MCS-DS is a first-of-its-kind program.See the course description online.

Quoting from the web site:

"With tuition under $20K, the MCS-DS is one of the most affordable gateways to one of the most lucrative and fastest growing careers of the new millennium. The MCS-DS builds expertise in four core areas of computer science: data visualization, machine learning, data mining and cloud computing, in addition to building valuable skill sets in statistics and information science with courses taught in collaboration with the University’s Statistics Department and iSchool (ranked #1 among Library and Information Studies Schools.)

This degree will go far beyond recorded classroom lectures to offer the same educational rigor as other Illinois on-campus programs. Anyone who registers on Coursera will have access to all of the courses that make up the degree, including lessons, activities and projects developed by award-winning Illinois faculty. In order to earn the University of Illinois degree, learners who are accepted into the program will also be expected to complete additional course assessments with access to guidance, feedback and support from Illinois faculty and staff."

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research may from year to year include courses in RDM.

Since Western is an ICPSR member institution, registration fees are reduced by approximately one half for participants. 

Professional Science Master’s degree in Digital Curation

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced the creation of a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree in Digital Curation.

Applications for this fully online program is now open: see http://digitalcuration.web.unc.edu/ for details.

Self-Directed Learning Opportunities

Interested in learning more about RDM? Here are some resources to get you started:

Name and link to site Description Target audience(s)
MANTRA Research Data Management Training Free customized online courses designed for those who manage digital data. Includes modules on:
  • Research data explained
  • Data management plans
  • Organising data
  • File formats and transformation
  • Documentation, metadata, citation
  • Storage and security
  • Data protection, rights, and access
  • Sharing, preservation and licencing
  • Data handling tutorials
Research students
Career researchers
Senior academics
Information professionals
Librarians (a DIY training kit
MyGradSkills.ca module in research management The Research Management course is one of 18 online training programs that issue certificates of accomplishment on a course-by-course basis. Registration is required. Modules include:
  • Overview
  • Policy context for academic research
  • Research funding and budgeting
  • Organizing and managing research assets
  • Research data protection and security
  • Archiving and preserving research assets
  • Licensing, copyright and author rights
  • Summary and final quiz
  • Data handling tutorials
Ontario-based graduate students
DataOne Self-serve training modules for all aspects of RDM that can be incorporated into teaching. Instructors
UK Data Archive "How we curate data" tools page This page provides a list of and links to tools used by the UK Data Archive to curate data:
  • Data quality control
  • Encryption
  • File transfer
  • Format conversion
  • Query tracking
  • Data exploration
  • Text anonymization
University of Alberta RDM web site General information guide. All
This is a guide developed to get librarians, researchers, faculty and students started on Research Data Management. All
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