Research Data Management guidance - external

A number of external organisations offer guidance, training and support on Research Data Management. This page contains some resources that might be particularly useful to you.

At the bottom of the page you will find direct links to external support providers, so feel free to check out their webpages and look for new interesting tools and resources.

RDM guidance

The UK Data Archive provide a range of training events for social science researchers on research data management.

DataONE Education Modules are training materials aimed at those working in the area of environmental science.

Digital Curation 101: How to Manage Research Data - the DCC provides training sessions for both researchers and research support staff.

Research Data MANTRA - provides guidance for good practice in research data management. Aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers, many of the issues covered apply equally to all research disciplines.

Research Data Bootcamp – this is a tutorial is designed to:

  • introduce you to the concept of research data, what constitutes research data, and how it differs from other types of information
  • help you to recognise the importance of good practice in managing research data in general and to apply it to your own research

Managing and Sharing Data: best practice for researchers is a guide to various aspects of research data management developed by the DCC. A suite of flexible training resources has been developed to compliment this popular resource and include introductory PowerPoint presentations, exercises, quizzes and answers.

The training resources cover seven key areas of managing and sharing data:

  • why and how to share data
  • data management planning
  • documenting data
  • formatting data
  • storing data, including data security, data transfer, encryption, and file sharing
  • ethics and consent
  • data copyright

Naming Files – a short video that guides users on file-naming conventions and version control, particularly useful for software developers.

Preparing Data for Deposit - a useful resource prepared and shared by the UK Data Archive. The resource is based on four case studies and provides real life examples on how to prepare your data for deposition. Case studies were chosen to provide guidance on dealing with different types of data, including sensitive data.

Bad Research Data Management – a data management horror story. This is what shouldn't happen when a researcher makes a data sharing request!

Support providers

Digital Curation Centre (DCC) - the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management across the UK's higher education research community.

The Digital Curation Centre provides expert advice and practical help to anyone in UK higher education and research wanting to store, manage, protect and share digital research data.

The DCC provides access to a range of resources including our popular How-to Guides, case studies and online services. Our training programmes aim to equip researchers and data custodians with the skills they need to manage and share data effectively.

They also provide consultancy and support with issues such as policy development and data management planning.

Jisc - provide relevant and useful advice, digital content and network and IT services, while we research and develop new technologies and ways of working.

UK Data Archive - acquire, curate and provide access to the UK's largest collection of social and economic data.