Data management and curation education and training

If you manage research data or are interested in developing a career as a data librarian or data scientist, the table below will help identify opportunities for you.

The first part lists short, 'in-career' training courses to bolster your credentials in data management. The second part lists longer, HE-accredited programmes which include a digital data science or librarianship component.

See the Roles page for more on the terms data creator, data manager, data librarian or data scientist, including a diagram mapping the core skills covered by each.

(Table adapted from Skilling Up to Do Data: Whose Role, Whose Responsibility, Whose Career? by Graham Pryor and Martin Donnelly, published in the International Journal of Digital Curation, Vol 4, No 2 (2009). If you notice an omission or an inaccuracy in the table, please let us know.)

If you are interested in finding a professional development course, the following resources may be of assistance. If there are other resources that should be added to this list, please get in touch.

FOSTER Open Science Training Courses (New!) - The toolkit produced by the EC-funded FOSTER project contains ten online courses covering key Open Science (OS) topics. The courses answer some of the most common questions researchers have about putting open science into practice. Each course takes about one hour to work through and participants receive a badge upon successful completion. The courses include practical tips on getting started with OS as well as providing information on discipline specific tools and resources you can use. There is no specified order through the courses – researchers can explore topics that they want to learn more about at their own pace. The courses are freely available for reuse and adaptation by trainers. 

DigCurV training registry - The Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe (DigCurV) project compiles a list of professional development courses available to digital curators in the cultural heritage domain.

DPOE course calendar - The Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program which offers a calendar  of digital preservation courses and workshops.

School of Data - The Open Knowledge Foundation's School of Data aims to equip society organizations, journalists and citizens with the knowledge they need to gain powerful insights from data and to create compelling stories using data.

Software Carpentry - Software Carpentry is a volunteer organization whose members teach basic software skills to researchers in science, engineering, and medicine. A module on Data Management is available on YouTube. 

Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) - SSI provides training services to help researchers to develop both their software development skills and general knowledge. 

Institution/Provider Programme/Course UG / PG Mode Further information
Digital Curation Centre DC101 training provides an introduction to digital curation and the range of activities that should be considered when planning and implementing new projects, aiding researchers in developing sound data management and curation plans. n/a Attendance
UK Data Archive UKDA offers an ad hoc programme of training and workshops in many aspects of data management and sharing. n/a Attendance
University of London Computer Centre Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP). Begun as a JISC-funded project, DPTP is now maintained and administered by ULCC. n/a Attendance;
nestor-DPE Summer School Constitutes an introduction to long-term digital preservation, comprising metadata and standards within the context of long-term digital preservation, file formats/significant properties, OAIS, certification and selection criteria, storage technologies and long-term digital preservation strategies/planning. n/a Attendance
Kings Digital Consultancy Service Digital Futures Led by experts of international renown, Digital Futures focuses on the creation, delivery and preservation of digital resources from cultural and memory institutions. Lasting five days, Digital Futures is aimed at managers and other practitioners from the library, museum, heritage and cultural sectors looking to understand the strategic and management issues of developing digital resources from digitisation to delivery. n/a Attendance
Repository Support Project events Various themed and specific training events n/a Attendance
JISC digital media training Wide range of occasional training events n/a Attendance
FOCAL's Footage audiovisual preservation workshop A week long course designed for anyone from anywhere in the world who needs to know more about the footage industry - image archivists, footage researchers, production managers, producers, directors: whatever your media background, learn how to expand your knowledge and appreciation of the world of footage archives, their systems and uses. n/a Attendance
EDINA's Go Geo metadata workshops Metadata Workshops are designed to: Provide an understanding of metadata and good spatial data management practices; Gain knowledge of the various metadata standards for spatial data; Demonstrate the Go-Geo! Portal; Introduce and explain the UK Academic Geospatial Metadata Application Profile (UK AGMAP) and Guidelines; Show how to use the GeoDoc Metadata Editor Tool n/a Attendance
Aberystwyth University Pathways to Information Leadership – a wide selection of 5 credit CPD modules in information management – many with a digital focus. Credits can be banked towards an MSc in Information Leadership. n/a Part-time, distance

Aberystwyth University MA/ PG Dip Archive Administration - includes core module in Records and Information Governance and optional Module in Digital Information: Management for Access and Preservation, Practical digital archives project. PG Full-time attendance 1 year
" MA/PGDip Information and Library Studies - includes optional modules in Digital Information Management for Access and Preservation, and Records and Information Governance PG Full-time attendance 1 year
" MSc/PGDip Digital Curation PG Full-time attendance 1 year
" MSc/PGDip Digital Curation PG Distance learning 3-5 years
" MA/PGDip Archive Administration - core module in Records and Information Governance, optional modules in Digital Information and Digital Preservation PG Distance learning 3-5 years

MA/PGDip Information and Library Studies - optional modules in Records and Information Governance, Digital Information and Digital Preservation

PG Distance learning 3 - 5 years
" BSc Information and Library Studies - includes optional module in Digital Information


Distance learning 3 - 5 years
" Short courses for CPD include:
Digital Information
Digital Preservation
Knowledge and Information Architecture
Compliance, Law and Ethics


Distance learning 6 months

" Short courses for CPD include:

Digital Information

Knowledge and Information Architecture

Distance learning 6 months

University of Dundee Records Management and Digital Preservation MSc PG Distance
University of Edinburgh Making Use of Digital Research (Online Distance Learning) PgCert PG Distance
University of Edinburgh (EPCC) MSc in High-Performance Computing with Data Science  PG Full-time, attendance
University of Edinburgh (Informatics) Data Science Centre for Doctoral Training  PG PhD programme
University of Glasgow Information Management and Preservation MSc contains 'Management, Curation and Preservation of Digital Materials' as a core module PG Attendance
" MSc in Data Science PG Attendance
Kings College, London MA in Digital Asset and Media Management PG Attendance
Lancaster University MSc in Data Science PG Attendance
Loughborough University Information and Library Management MA/MSc programme includes optional 'Digital Curation' module PG Attendance
Northumbria University Information and Library Management MA/MSc includes 'Data Law and Ethics' module PG Attendance / Distance
" Records Management MSc includes 'Electronic Recordkeeping' module PG Distance
The Robert Gordon University Digital Curation MSc PG Full-time/Part-time/Distance Learning
" Information Engineering MSc PG Attendance
University of Sheffield Chemistry with Informatics (Computational Drug Design) MChem or BSc UG Attendance
" Information Management BSc includes 'Information Retrieval: Search Engines and Digital Libraries' module UG Attendance
" Electronic and Digital Library Management MSc/PGCert PG Attendance / Distance
University of Strathclyde Information and Library Studies MSc/PgDip PG Attendance
University College London Information Management BSc, Library & Information Studies MA, Archives & Records Management MA, Records & Archives Management International MA, Electronic Communication & Publishing MA, Information Science MSc, Library, Archive & Information Studies MRes. The Department of Information Studies also offers a number of short courses related to digital information management. UG/PG Attendance

Introduction to Digital Curation (MOOC)

N/A Distance
University College Dublin Archives and Records Management MA PG Attendance
Lulea University of Technology Digital Curation Masters programme PG Attendance / Distance
University of Boras Digital Library and Information Systems Masters programme PG Distance
University of Coimbra (Portugal), University of Cologne (Germany), University of Lecce (Italy), and University of Turku (Finland) European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society Masters programme PG Attendance
University of Arizona Graduate Certificate in Digital Information Management PG Distance
University of California at Berkeley Master of Information Management and Systems PG Attendance
University of California at Berkeley Master of Information and Data Science PG Distance
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library and Information Science MSc offers a specialism in Data Curation. The School also hosts a Summer Institute for Humanities Data Curation. PG Attendance
University of Maine Digital Curation program PG Distance
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Two experimental curriculum development projects: DigCCurrI (Master's students); DigCCurrII (Doctoral students). Also, "DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle" PG Attendance
San Jose State University Master's Degree in Archives and Records Administration (MARA) PG Distance
The Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Post-masters graduate certificate in Digital Stewardship by distance-learning PG Distance
Johns Hopkins University Certificate in Digital Curation PG Online