Because good research needs good data

Peer-to-Peer Train-the-Trainer workshop

04 February 2019 |

During this workshop participants will discuss and evaluate content and methods for the delivery of training programs in research data management. The workshop will be a blend of reports on best-practice and discussion, where all participants will be asked to contribute by exchanging experiences and assembling them into a structured feature map.

A key objective is to enable sufficient space and time for participants to exchange ideas and discuss all aspects of training in research data management based on experiences to date.

This will be done by explaining different train-the-trainer approaches, highlighting the Train the (data) Trainer workshops of the Australian Research Data Commons and the Train2Dacar-approach from Switzerland, while also collecting critical features pertaining to training content, methods and practical organization.

The train-the-trainer approach used in software, library and data carpentry will be highlighted and we will make use of the Open Science Training Handbook (OSTH) to gain deeper insights into training ‘musts’ and ‘don’ts’.

Following the workshop, participants will:

  • have a fresh perspective on all aspects of data management training, in particular, content and delivery methods, 
  • be able to identify best practice for their specific situation,
  • have the tools to decide what to emphasise and/or avoid in their training programs,
  • have learnt from the experiences of others.

During the morning session, we will:

  1. start with an open exchange of training experiences by all participants,
  2. share reports on best-practice,
  3. enable the exchange of different points of view,
  4. continuously collect training elements and discuss their pros and cons.

During the afternoon session, we will:

  1. work with the Open Science Training Handbook,
  2. evaluate all features collected throughout the day,
  3. wrap up and summarise the workshop outcomes,
  4. evaluate the workshop


Time Activity
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome, introductions and housekeeping
09:10 - 09:30 Icebreaker activity: who's who in the room
09:30 - 10:00 Skills, training and pedagogy (panel session)
10:00 - 10:30 Case study 1
10:30 - 11:00 Morning tea break
11:00 - 11:30 Case study 2
11:30 - 12:00 Case study 3
12:00 - 12:30 Group reflection and discussion
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 14:00 Case study 4
14:00 - 14:45 Open Science Training Handbook
14:45 - 15:30 Group activity: create a structured feature map
15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon tea break
16:00 - 16:30 Group discussion: evaluate map features
16:30 - 16:45 Create your action plan
16:45 - 17:00 Wrap up, evaluation and close


Organisers: Eliane Blumer, René Schneider, Gerry Ryder, Natasha Simons, Christopher Erdmann, CDL

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