WP1.1 Research Of Available Resources

Results from previous projects (e.g. JISC RDMTrain programme, Research Data Management Skills Support Initiative (DaMSSI), Incremental ), as well as available material from the DCC and other institutions, will be studied and evaluated. Disciplines will be compared and parts of the available material identified that need to be adapted to appeal to researchers in the area of digital music and audio research. In order to integrate the material into the Vitae /RCUK Researcher Development Framework , used to assign credits by the QMUL Learning Institute , the recently released "Information-handling Lens" will also be analysed.

Previous JISC Projects with Data Management Training Outputs

There are lots of materials relating to data management available through Jorum these include audio interviews, PowerPoint presentations, factsheets, videos and more. Many of these are outputs of previous JISC-funded projects, and we consider some of those here.

The JISC RDMTrain programme funded five discipline-specific research data management training projects in 2010-2011.

Two projects produced online courses:
  • Project CAIRO - Managing Creative Arts Research Data (4 short units)
  • MANTRA - for geosciences, social and political sciences and clinical psychology (a very detailed self-guided course)
The remaining three courses are published as downloadable materials for training sessions:
  • DATUM for Health - 3 sessions
  • DMTpsych - 6 sessions
  • DataTrain - different versions for archaeology (4 sessions) and social anthropology (3 modules targetted at different audiences)
The Supporting Data Management Infrastructure for the Humanities (Sudamih) project at Oxford was funded by JISC under the Research Data Management Infrastructure Programme. Sudamih produced training materials specifically to fit in with the practise of humanities research at Oxford and also released de-localised materials on Jorum:
  • Three slideshows at varying levels of detail including materials targeted at post-doc researchers (Jorum)
  • Research Data Management Factsheet (Jorum)
  • Research Information Management Guides (Jorum)
  • Research Information Management: Organising Humanities Material (Jorum)
  • Research Information Management: Tools for the Humanities (Jorum)

The Incremental project at Glasgow and Cambridge was also part of the JISC Research Data Management Infrastructure programme. Incremental aimed to develop a data management infrastructure by examining existing practises and requirements at the institutions, piloting tools and services to enable data management (examples of proposed outputs included "templates, training, best practice guidelines, and policy") and embedding those outputs withing the institutions. In addition, they aimed to disseminate the results to the wider research community. During the course of the project many training resources were produced and these have been published on Jorum. We provide a summary of some resources on our page on Incremental.

Vitae Researcher Development Framework

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) categorises the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of researchers and uses this as a foundation to guide the development of researcher skills.

In April 2012, Vitae published an information literacy component for the RDF.

Information literacy is an umbrella term which encompasses concepts such as digital, visual and media literacies, academic literacy, information handling, information skills, data curation and data management. Interacting with information is at the very heart of research and informed researchers are both consumers and producers of information.

The RDF component included an information literacy lens - mapping information literacy skills onto the RDF researcher model - and an Informed Researcher Booklet giving guidelines to researchers on evaluating and improving their information literacy.

The RDF Information Literacy lens is largely based on the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) 7 Pillars Of Information Literacy

Other Vitae RDF Lenses and the more general SCONUL 7 Pillars Of Wisdom may also be of interest.

JISC and the Research Information Network (RIN) co-funded the Research Data Management Skills Support Initiative (DaMSSI) at the DCC. This aimed to examine how the Vitae RDF and the SCONUL 7 Pillars Of Information Literacy could be used to improve the planning of data management training, contributing to the development of the Vitae Information Literacy Lens and Informed researcher booklet, above.

The DaMSSI outputs were (from here):

Of particular interest to the current project are the mappings of previous RDM training projects onto the RDF and the Digital Curation Lifecycle Model.

DCC and Other Institutions

Several UK universities have published materials relation to data management, and, particularly, data management training: In addition, universities in other countries have also published materials:

Although the legal and funder requirements for these organisations will differ from the UK situation, the underlying principles for data management are still the same.

Some UK research councils have published policies regarding data management, data sharing and data curation:

We are in the process of summarising the main Research Council Requirements.

Other organisations have also produced materials related to data management training:


Resources For Learning Materials

QMUL resources for e-Learning

Resources available at QMUL for eLearning include:
  • Moodle - a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
  • Mahara "open source eportfolios", whatever that means.
  • Articulate for developing online/e-Learning materials
  • qReview lecture capture system
  • Adobe Connect web-conferencing
  • Bristol Online Surveys (QMUL) for developing... surveys


Doctoral Training Centres as catalysts for research data management
RDM training for Postgraduates and Doctoral Training Centres
Open Exeter PGR Workshop on Data Management