Research data management training materials (RDMTrain)
Improving research data management in UK Universities requires increasing skills and capacity as well as implementing technical infrastructure.
The Digital Curation Centre, which has a significant remit for training and outreach, represents a major JISC investment in this area. The DCC
has been running, for example, a very well-received training programme including the DCC 101 and Tools of the Trade courses
. Additionally however, the need for training materials targeted at the needs of specific subject areas has been identified.
JISC Call for Projects 04/10 sought to fund projects to encourage research data management training to be embedded in post-graduate academic curricula.
The specific aim of funding a raft of projects in this area is to create a body of discipline-focussed postgraduate training units which can be reused by other institutions on order to stimulate curriculum change and create a greater awareness of the need for research data management skills training. The Call was also intended to encourage collaboration within HEIs
and between Universities and centres of expertise in research data management.
In order to achieve this, the Call for Projects observed that while such units must necessarily consider generic issues in research data curation, it is essential that projects collaborate closely with specific, named academic departments within their institution in order to develop effective and useful discipline-focussed training materials.
5 projects, covering a range of subject areas, were funded representing an investment of nearly £300,000. Each of the projects will run for roughly 12 months and will complete in July 2011.