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.

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 Links
IN-CAREER TRAINING
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 http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/digital-curation-101-2009/
UK Data Archive UKDA offers an ad hoc programme of training and workshops in many aspects of data management and sharing. n/a Attendance http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/sharing/advicetraining.asp
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 http://www.ulcc.ac.uk/dptp/about-dptp.html; http://www.dptp.org/
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 http://nestor.sub.uni-goettingen.de/summer_school_2008/
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 http://www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/digifutures/overview.html
Repository Support Project events Various themed and specific training events n/a Attendance http://www.rsp.ac.uk/events/
JISC digital media training Wide range of occasional training events n/a Attendance http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/training/
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 http://www.focalint.org/training.htm
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 http://www.gogeo.ac.uk/gogeo/metadata/wshop.htm
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

https://www.infoleader.org

UNIVERSITY COURSES WITH DATA-RELATED COMPONENTS
UNITED KINGDOM
University of Wales at Aberystwyth MA/ PG Dip Archive Administration - includes core module in a Records and Information Governance and optional Module in Digital Information: Management for Access and Preservation, practical digital archives project. PG Full-time, attendance http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/archive-administration-masters/
" MA/PGDip Information and Library Studies - includes optional module in a Digital Information: Management for Access and Preservation and Records and Information Governance PG Full-time, attendance http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/information-and-library-studies-masters/
" MSc/PGDip Digital Curation PG Full-time, attendance http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/digital-curation-masters/#d.en.127769
" MSc/PGDip Digital Information Services PG Full-time, attendance http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/digital-information-services-masters/#d.en.127790
" MA/PGDip Archive Administration - core module in Records and Information Governance, optional modules in Digital Information and Digital Preservation PG Part-time, distance http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/archive-administration-distance-learning-masters/
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MA/PGDip Information and Library Studies - optional modules in Records and Information Governance, Digital Information and Digital Preservation

PG Part-time, distance http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/information-and-library-studies-distance-learning-masters/
" MA/PGDip in International Archives, Records and Information Governance - Core modules in Digital Records and Asset Management optional modules in Digital Information, Digital Preservation, Records and Information Governance - depending on the pathway chosen PG Part-time, distance http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/International-Archives-Records-and-Information-Management-Masters/
" MSc Information Governance and Assurance PG Part-time, distance http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/information-governance-assurance-distance-learning-masters/
" MSc/PGDip Management of Library and Information Services – optional modules in Records and Information Governance and Digital Information PG Part-time, distance

http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/management-of-library-information-services-distance-learning-masters/

" BSc Information and Library Studies – includes optional module in Digital Information. UG

Part-time, distance

http://courses.aber.ac.uk/undergraduate/information-library-studies-distance-learning/

University of Dundee Records Management and Digital Preservation MSc PG Distance http://www.dundee.ac.uk/cais/rmdp/
University of Glasgow Information Management and Preservation MSc contains 'Management, Curation and Preservation of Digital Materials' as a core module PG Attendance http://www.hatii.arts.gla.ac.uk/imp/page10.htm
Kings College, London Digital Asset Management MA programme PG Attendance http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/depts/cch/pg/madam/
Loughborough University Information and Library Management MA/MSc programme includes optional 'Digital Curation' module PG Attendance http://cisinfo.lboro.ac.uk/epublic/wp5015.module_spec?select_mod=08ISP428
Northumbria University Information and Library Management MA/MSc includes 'Data Law and Ethics' module PG Attendance / Distance http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/?view=CourseDetail&code=DTFILM6
" Records Management MSc includes 'Electronic Recordkeeping' module PG Distance http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/?view=CourseDetail&code=DTDRCM6
The Robert Gordon University Digital Curation MSc PG Full-time/Part-time/Distance Learning http://www.rgu.ac.uk/information-communication-and-media/study-options/distance-and-flexible-learning/digital-curation
" Information Engineering MSc PG Attendance http://www.rgu.ac.uk/computing/courses/page.cfm?pge=31732
University of Sheffield Chemistry with Informatics (Computational Drug Design) MChem or BSc UG Attendance http://www.shef.ac.uk/chemistry/prospectiveug/courses/informatics.html
" Information Management BSc includes 'Information Retrieval: Search Engines and Digital Libraries' module UG Attendance http://www.shef.ac.uk/is/prospectiveug/courses/im.html
" Electronic and Digital Library Management MSc/PGCert PG Attendance / Distance http://www.shef.ac.uk/is/prospectivepg/courses/edlm
University of Strathclyde Information and Library Studies MSc/PgDip PG Attendance http://www.strath.ac.uk/cis/courses/mscpgdipinformationandlibrarystudiespostgraduate/
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 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/teaching/
IRELAND
University College Dublin Archives and Records Management MA PG Attendance http://www.ucd.ie/historyarchives/graduate/maarchives.htm
SWEDEN
Lulea University of Technology Digital Curation Masters programme PG Attendance / Distance http://www.ltu.se/ies/org/systemvetenskap/d6723/1.43005?l=en
University of Boras Digital Library and Information Systems Masters programme PG Distance http://is.gd/smpB
PAN-EUROPE (ERASMUS)
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 http://www.europeanheritage.utu.fi/introduction/
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
University of Arizona Graduate Certificate in Digital Information Management PG Distance http://digin.arizona.edu/
University of California at Berkeley Master of Information Management and Systems PG Attendance http://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/programs/masters
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 http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/ms/data_curation.html
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 http://ils.unc.edu/digccurr/institute.html
San Jose State University Master's Degree in Archives and Records Administration (MARA) PG Distance http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/mara/
The Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Post-masters graduate certificate in Digital Stewardship by distance-learning PG Distance http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/academics/programs/post-masters/dsc/?msrc=dsc
Johns Hopkins University Certificate in Digital Curation PG Online http://advanced.jhu.edu/academics/certificate-programs/digital-curation-certificate/