RDMRose Learning Materials

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Session 1: Introductions, RDM, and the Role of LIS

The first session introduces the RDMRose module, discusses RDM basics, and explores the role of LIS professionals in RDM, including examples of how academic libraries have started to respond to the research data management challenge. The session is concluded by an introduction to reflection and reflective writing.


Session 1.1: Introduction to the RDMRose module

Session 1.2: RDM basics

Session 1.3: The LIS role in RDM

Session 1.4: Reflection and reflective writing

Session 2: The Nature of Research and the Need for RDM

The second session focuses on the nature of research, and the place of data in the research cycle. It then discusses the need for RDM, including funders’ mandates and university policies. Research data audits and interviews are discussed, and the RDMRose module’s overarching activity is introduced: preparing an interview with a researcher. The session is concluded by a reflection on the participant’s experience with research.

Session 2.1: The social organisation of research

Session 2.2: Research, information practices and data

Session 2.3: The RDM agenda

Session 2.4: The research data interview and audit

Session 2.5: Reflection on research

Session 3: The digital curation lifecycle

In the third session the DCC’s curation lifecycle model is introduced, followed by an exploration of Data Management Plans and a discussion of the point of view of different stakeholders in RDM, in particular of the professional services.

Session 3.1: Exploring the lifecycle

Session 3.2: Data Management Plans

Session 3.3: Stakeholders in RDM

Session 3.4: Reflection

Session 4: Key Institutions and Projects in RDM

The fourth session is devoted to the different ways of keeping up-to-date on research data management. This includes an introduction to the DCC, the DCC website, and an activity to design Library web pages with RDM support for researchers, based on an exploration of similar websites at other institutions.

Session 4.1: Mapping the DCC website

Session 4.2: RDM training for researchers

Session 4.3: Designing Library web pages with RDM support for researchers

Session 4.4: Investigating a researcher 2

Session 4.5: Reflection on the learning process

Session 5: What is data?

The topic of the fifth session is data: the findings of the preparatory desk investigation of a researcher are discussed with emphasis on data and data management issues. Also, a framework is presented that outlines different ways of looking at data, and a number of research data case studies are discussed. The drivers and cultural barriers to open data and data sharing are examined, and the session is concluded by a reflection on the participants’ understanding of research and research data.

Session 5.1: Researchers and their data

Session 5.2: Looking at data

Session 5.3: Open data

Session 5.4: Reflecting on research and research data

Session 6: Managing Data

The sixth session is devoted to the management of research data. This includes practical data management guidelines for researchers (such as file naming conventions and backing up files), issues around depositing, maintaining and finding data in institutional research data repositories, using subject repositories / data centres, and general metadata issues and data citation. Finally, participants reflect on how engaging with RDM may affect the organisation of the Library.

Session 6.1: Practical data management

Session 6.2: Institutional data repository policies

Session 6.3: Subject repositories

Session 6.4: Metadata and data citation

Session 6.5: Reflection on Library organisation

Session 7: Case Studies of Research Projects

The seventh session introduces a number of case studies that taken together follow the processes of research and handling research data: from project proposal and initial data management planning, via the reuse of existing datasets, to publishing research outputs and depositing relevant data. Finally, participants reflect on the impact of RDM on their professional role.

Session 7.1: Case studies of researchers and research projects

Case study Clinical Trials

Case Study Gastroenterology

Case Study Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Case Study Civil and Structural Engineering

Case Study Psychology

Case Study Sociology

Session 7.2: Design a job description

Session 7.3: Reflection on RDM and your role as an LIS professional

Session 8: Case Study: Institutional Context, and Conclusions

The eighth session explores the viewpoints of the different RDM stakeholders within HE institutions, such as researchers and institutional policy makers, the library, research office, computing services, and staff development unit, by analysing an institutional case study. In the second part, participants reflect on the relevance of the potential roles in RDM for the Library. Finally, participants reflect on what they have learned and evaluate the learning materials.

Session 8.1: RDM the movie

Session 8.2: Institutional case study

Session 8.3: Reflection on the Library role in RDM

Session 8.4: Evaluation of the RDMRose module


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