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Do-It-Yourself Research Data Management Training Kit for Librarians

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Robin Rice
University of Edinburgh

As part of the University of Edinburgh's Research Data Management Roadmap, a pilot training of four liaison librarians was facilitated by the University's Data Library over a four month period in 2012-13. The training design was discussed and agreed by the participants and a mid-period evaluation helped to fine tune the remaining training sessions and affirm the overall approach. The components of the University of Edinburgh training sessions have been packaged for re-use by librarians at other institutions to conduct a do-it-yourself training course in research data management. The design of the course takes advantage of the librarians' professional experience of working with student and research communities to apply their existing skills towards a new arena for them: research data and its management. Course components include: units from MANTRA, an open, online research data management course hosted at the University of Edinburgh; reflective writing assignments; face to face group discussion; selected group exercises from the UK Data Archive's Train the Trainers suite; and expert speakers who provide reinforcement of the learning points at the start of each face to face session. Each speaker has been voice-recorded to create an audio-visual presentation which can be re-used by other institutions as well.

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