Research Data Management Training: five new JISCMRD projects
The overarching aim of this programme area is to contribute to an increase in research data management skills in UK higher education and research organisations. This will be achieved by providing high quality training materials which will serve the needs of a variety of roles and stakeholders requiring research data management skills.
There is a recognised need to increase skills in managing research data among staff in HEIs, including researchers, librarians and research support staff. Important work was accomplished by projects in the first Managing Research Data Programme, which developed discipline-specific training materials, but this work was limited to certain research areas.
The present strand aims to build on previous achievements by addressing remaining gaps in availability of discipline-focussed training materials, targeting disciplines not covered by previous JISC projects or other work. In particular, there is a need for training for subject or research librarians whose role will increasingly include providing support for researchers in making best use of the research data infrastructure and services which may be available (inter-)nationally or at an institutional level.
The JISC Managing Research Data Programme 2011-13 has funded four projects to design, pilot and test training materials for research data management adapted for the needs of discipline-focussed post-graduate courses and for subject or discipline liaison librarians.
RDMRose, University of Sheffield
RDMRose will develop and adapt learning materials about RDM to meet the specific needs of liaison librarians in university libraries, both for practitioners’ CPD and for embedding into the postgraduate taught (PGT) curriculum. Its deliverables will include OER materials suitable for learning in multiple modes, including face to face and self-directed learning.
Project Website: http://www.shef.ac.uk/is/research/projects/rdmrose
RDMTPA: Research Data Management Training for the whole project lifecycle in Physics & Astronomy research, University of Hertfordshire
The RDMTPA project will build on existing JISCMRD work, both within and outwith the University of Hertfordshire, and will work with the Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR) and the Centre for Atmospheric & Instrumentation Research (CAIR) to develop a short course in Research Data Management, directed at Post-Graduate and early career researchers in the physical sciences.
SoDaMaT: Sound Data Management Training
SoDaMaT will develop discipline-specific research data management training materials for postgraduate research students, researchers and academics working in the area of digital music and audio research.
Project Blog: http://rdm.c4dm.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/category/project/sodamat
TraD: Training for Data Management at UEL
TraD will embed good practice in data management (DM) at UEL by developing disciplinary training material for postgraduate curricula, adapting existing materials in the area of psychology and developing new materials for computer science. The project will provide training opportunities for research staff and a learning module for library support staff.
Project Blog: http://datamanagementuel.wordpress.com/
A fifth project – DaMSSI-ABC – will provide a support function, to assist projects in following best practice, ensure reusability, engage stakeholders and synthesise outcomes.
DaMSSI-ABC, DCC, University of Glasgow, University of Manchester, RIN and Vitae
DaMSSI will support and improve coherence in the development, dissemination and reuse of research data management training materials developed by the JISC RDMTrain projects. Specifically, DaMSSI will:
- work with relevant professional bodies / learned societies and funders, to endorse and promote good data management practice;
- classify course offerings, by ensuring that the anticipated outcomes of training interventions are clearly set out to allow participants to select the training that best meets their learning objectives;
- identify and agree benchmarks on learning outcomes on learning outcomes and means of assessment so that courses from a range of training providers can be effectively compared.
Project Website: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/training/damssi-abc
Project Blog: http://damssiabc.jiscinvolve.org/wp/