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Edina, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Research Data Mantra

Free online course for those who manage digital data as part of the research process. It has been created for the use of post-graduate students, early career researchers, and also information professionals.

 

There are eight online units in this course and four data handling tutorials that will help you:

  1. Understand the nature of research data in a variety of disciplinary settings
  2. Create a data management plan and apply it from the start to the finish of your research project
  3. Name, organise, and version your data files effectively
  4. Gain familiarity with different kinds of data formats and know how and when to transform your data
  5. Document your data well for yourself and others, learn about metadata standards and cite data properly
  6. Know how to store and transport your data safely and securely (backup and encryption)
  7. Understand legal and ethical requirements for managing data about human subjects; manage intellectual property rights
  8. Understand the benefits of sharing, preserving and licensing data for re-use
  9. Improve your data handling skills in one of four software environments: R, SPSS, NVivo, or ArcGIS

Each unit takes up to one hour, plus time for further reading and carrying out the data handling exercises. In the units you will find explanations, descriptions, examples, exercises, and video clips in which academics, PhD students and others talk about the challenges of managing research data.