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Research Data Management

Learning Opportunities

Opportunities for learning more about research data management include:

Courses, Conferences, 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 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.

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 for 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/...

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. 


Self-Directed Learning Opportunities

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 licensing
  • Data handling tutorials
Research students
Career researchers
Senior academics
Information professionals
DataOne Self-serve training modules for all aspects of RDM that can be incorporated into teaching. Instructors
UK Data Archive: Sharing Best Practice 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
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