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This course will provide learners with an introduction to research data management and sharing. After completing this course, learners will understand the diversity of data and their management needs across the research data lifecycle, be able to identify the components of good data management plans, and be familiar with best practices for working with data including the organization, documentation, and storage and security of data. Learners will also understand the impetus and importance of archiving and sharing data as well as how to assess the trustworthiness of repositories. Today, an increasing number of funding agencies, journals, and other stakeholders are requiring data producers to share, archive, and plan for the management of their data. In order to respond to these requirements, researchers and information professionals will need the data management and curation knowledge and skills that support the long-term preservation, access, and reuse of data. Effectively managing data can also help optimize research outputs, increase the impact of research, and support open scientific inquiry. After completing this course, learners will be better equipped to manage data throughout the entire research data lifecycle from project planning to the end of the project when data ideally are shared and made available within a trustworthy repository. This course was developed by the Curating Research Assets and Data Using Lifecycle Education (CRADLE) Project in collaboration with EDINA at the University of Edinburgh. This course was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under award #RE-06-13-0052-13. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Hashtag: #RDMSmooc...
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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3 hours to complete

Understanding Research Data

This week introduces multiple types of research data in an array of contexts as well as important data management concepts including metadata and the research data lifecycle. We will also define the concept of data management, identify the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders, and examine various data management tasks throughout the research data lifecycle. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 37 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Research Data Defined4m
Types of Data and Metadata4m
Research Data Lifecycle2m
Why Manage Data?3m
Data Management Stakeholders4m
Data Management Across the Research Lifecycle7m
"What Are Data?"2m
"Why is Data Management Important?"3m
Reading2 readings
Summary & Additional Resources10m
Summary & Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Understanding Research Data28m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Data Management Planning

This week provides an overview of Data Management Plans (DMPs) including the components of good DMPs, the DMP policies of several funding agencies, and information on data management planning tools. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 16 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Funding Agency Requirements2m
Data Management Plan Content6m
Data Management Planning Tools2m
Reading1 reading
Summary & Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Data Management Planning20m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Working with Data

This week is brought to you by EDINA and the Data Library at the University of Edinburgh and is presented by Sarah Jones from the Digital Curation Centre. Sarah will introduce strategies for organizing research data including versioning and file naming conventions as well as data file formatting and transformations. She will also discuss why documenting data and data citation are important. Finally, she will present issues involved in storing, securing, and backing up research data. ...
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15 videos (Total 56 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
Video15 videos
File Naming4m
Versioning2m
File Formats6m
Data Transformations2m
Documentation3m
Data Citation3m
Storage3m
Backup3m
Data Security2m
Encryption3m
Interview - Natalia Calanzani3m
Interview - Shaun Bevan6m
"How does good data management add value to research?"3m
"Do you think data sharing helps to reduce waste and increase transparency of research?"4m
Reading4 readings
Summary & Additional Resources10m
Summary & Additional Resources10m
Summary & Additional Resources10m
Summary & Additional Resources10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Organizing Data12m
File Formats and Transformations8m
Documentation and Data Citation10m
Storage and Security16m
Working with Data28m

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4 hours to complete

Sharing Data

This week examines the benefits and challenges of sharing research data. We will also discuss how to protect confidentiality and how data ownership can affect data sharing. Finally, we will examine different types of access restrictions that may be placed on data as well as how to enable data sharing through the application of a standard license....
Reading
9 videos (Total 48 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Challenges to Sharing3m
Data Citations4m
Protecting Confidentiality (Part 1)6m
Protecting Confidentiality (Part 2)7m
Intellectual Property and Data Ownership3m
Access6m
"What Are the Benefits of Sharing Data?"5m
"What Are the Drawbacks of Sharing Data?"4m
Reading2 readings
Summary & Additional Resources10m
Summary & Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Sharing Data30m
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By AGApr 3rd 2017

informative course. Lots of information provided.\n\nCourse set a foundation of knowledge that will be built upon.\n\nGood instructors. Good pace.

By NSAug 21st 2016

Good introduction to an area where library science, information science and archivistics come together.

Instructors

Helen Tibbo

Alumni Distinguished Professor
School of Information and Library Science

Sarah Jones

Senior Institutional Support Officer
Digital Curation Centre, UK

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