Training and reference materials

In an effort to build capacity and to improve the sustainability of current and emerging curation training materials, the DCC seeks to identify and promote training materials available to those charged with developing and/or delivering RDM training within their institutions. The DCC is keen to cooperate with other training providers to share knowledge and resources and to reduce duplication of effort across the sector.

Our generic DC 101 training materials are available to reuse as the basis for disciplinary or institutional-specific training. We have also developed RDM training aimed specifically at librarians and research administrators.

Many others have also produced training materials that are free for use and may be repurposed:

  • FOSTER Plus - a H2020 continuation of the Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research project - has developed ten online Open Science training courses targeted towards early career researchers. The courses have been developed reusing Open Science content from a range of providers and include pointers to disipline-specific tools and resources. Participants earn badges upon completion and can work towards specialisms. 

  • FOSTER Plus has developed a handy Open Science trainers’ handbook which provides advice on what to cover in training along with some common misconceptions researchers have about practicising Open Science. The handbook also provides some examples of practical activities and exercises that you can add to make your training more engaging and effective. 

  • Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research (FOSTER) training portal is an e-learning platform that brings together the best training resources for those who need to know more about Open Science, or who need to develop strategies and skills for implementing Open Science practices in their daily workflows. Here you will find a growing collection of training materials to meet the needs of many different users, from early-career researchers, to data managers, librarians, funders, and graduate schools.

  • VADS4R developed a selection of learning materials, examples and quizzes reating to RDM and curation aimed at postgraduate students and early careers researchers in the visual arts. Some nice advice and examples of Technical Plans for those applying for AHRC funding.  

  • Network of Data and Information Curation Communities (NeDICC) Introduction to the basics of research data is an animated video that explains the basics of research data. This video is recommended background material for students planning to attend a workshop on research data management. Feedback from previous workshops have indicated that many workshop attendees do not have a clear concept of what research data entails, and have no experience of working with research data. This animated video has as its purpose the explanation of the basics of research data, in a simplistic, entertaining and interesting manner (NEW!). 

  • UK Data Service's online tutorial videos cover a range of topics relating to data reuse and management. 
  • Users may want to share their own training materials or start their search for other training materials by using Jorum's Research Data Management Collection. Jorum have developed a user guide to help training providers with to deposit materials.   
  • The InformALL (formerly Research Information and Digital Literacies (RIDLs)) Training Criteria are available as a simple resource to help plan and evaluate successful training. More information and supporting notes are available here.
  • You may wish to make use of the Data Management Skills Support Initiative - Assessment, Benchmarking and Classification (DaMSSI-ABC) project's draft classification scheme to help make your training materials easier to find and compare. 
  • The JISC RDMTrain projects have produced discipline specific training materials that are freely available for reuse.
  • The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC) is an instructional tool for teaching data management best practices to undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers in the health sciences, sciences, and engineering disciplines. 
  • Our career profiles may be useful for explaining to students how data management relates to a range of professions.
  • Our handy checklists help to highlight key issues that researchers and support staff might need to consider during each stage of the curation lifecycle.
  • The JISC Incremental and Sudamih projects have produced useful examples of how research data management guidance and support might identified and presented within institutions.   
  • The UK Data Archive also provides excellent training materials on data management and sharing.
  •  The DCC has developed a short training module for librarians wanting to get up to speed with key RDM issues.
  • Research Data Netherlands offer Essentials 4 Data Support - an introductory course for those people who (want to) support researchers in storing, managing, archiving and sharing their research data.. 
  • Trainers may find our section on skills frameworks helpful for planning training and professional development provision in the area of data management. In particular, information on Vitae's Researcher Developer Framework may be of value.
  • Our list of data management courses and training opportunities may offer insights and inspiration to organisations aiming to develop or collaborate on the development of training and professional development materials. If you are searching for upcoming training opportunities, you may find the Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe (DigCurV) project's catalogue of international training opportunities helpful.

Please feel free to share details of your courses and training materials with us so that we can make them more widely available. We'd also love to hear from you if you have ideas about embedding specific tools and resources into our DCC training.