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  • MANTRA: Research Data Management Training is an excellent course designed at Edinburgh for PhD students, career researchers and senior academics that is freely available.
    • This also includes software practicals for the following data handling packages: SPSS 23; R; arcGIS 20.3 and NVivo 9. You can print off the user guide, download the dataset and work through the exercises at your own pace (some familiarity with each software package is suggested as a pre-requisite).
    • There is now a MOOC version of the Mantra Course called Research Data Management and Sharing. See
  • JISC RDM Toolkit aims to signpost resources from a wide range of website and organisations to help you get to grips with research data management.
  • THE ETD+ Toolkit is an approach to improving research output management.  Focusing on the Eletronic Thesis and Dissertation (EDT) as a marker in a student's research trajectory, it provides advice to students about avoiding common digital loss scenarios for the ETD and all its affiliated files.  The ETD+ Toolkit provides introductory training in a series of crucial data curation and digital longevity techniques. It has been designed as a training tool to help students identify and offset risks and threats to their digital research footprints. The modules include: Copyright; Data Organization; File Formats; Metadata; Storage; Version Control.  Select ETD+ Toolkit (the Google Drive-based Open Curriculum Package)
  • The DCC provides an updated list of disciplinary RDM training that is available, including those for health sciences, psychology and social sciences.
  • The Digital Preservation Handbook provides an internationally authoritative and practical guide to the subject of managing digital resources over time and the issues in sustaining access to them
  • As part of the University of Stirling Induction there are Online Modules which include an online module on Data Protection, which covers Records Management; Information Security; Data Protection and FOI.  You need to register to use the online modules.
  • The Office of Scholarly Communication, Cambridge University Libraries provides a handy guide on Research Data Management
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