WHELF Research Data Management Training Day

Largely driven by funder policy, libraries around the world have begun to explore how to support research data management. This means applying our skills to a new context. We need to support researchers to plan data management. We also need to find ways to make the case for sharing data and to design training in “Data Information Literacy”. We need to provide input to making data resources discoverable and creating an infrastructure for long term preservation. RDM is a complex challenge because research is itself so diverse and the message has to be adapted to individual researcher’s needs. Our skills in influencing others are needed to develop research data services collaboratively with Research Offices, Computing Services and with researchers themselves. Research data stewardship will be one of the big challenges for university libraries in the next five years. This practical hands-on course is designed to help librarians build the skills and confidence to play an active part in research data management in their institution.

This training session is a follow up to the WHELF/ UK eInformation group “Research Data Management for Information Professionals” training session previously provided by Dr Andrew Cox on 1st July 2015 at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  That session provided an excellent introduction to what is involved in supporting RDM, and this session one year on will focus on developing our skills to lead and develop research data services at our institutions and collaboratively via WHELF.

WHEN: Tuesday 6th September 2016

WHERE: Cardiff University, Room 0.86 Glamorgan Building – King Edward VII Avenue Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3WT

Trainer: Dr Andrew Cox, Senior Lecturer at the Information School, the University of Sheffield

Who should attend?

  • The course is open to all WHELF information professionals, librarians, research and IT officers with an interest/responsibility for supporting research, especially research data management
  • Any library and information professional in Wales wishing to keep their skills up to date


10.30 Arrival and coffee

11.00 Welcome and introductions

11.15 RDM policy in context

12.15 Data case study

12.45 Incentives for RDM and data sharing

13.15 Lunch break

13.45 Research Data Services, including data management plans and teaching “data information literacy”

14.45 Leading change in RDM within your organisation

15.15 Summary, Q &A, resources available

15.30 Identify and discuss WHELF priorities for collaboration on RDM support

16.00 Close

Outcomes of the event:

  • Participants will increase their knowledge of research data management
  • Participants  will be more confident to lead and develop research data services at their institutions
  • Participants will be more confident in working with researchers supporting their RDM requirements
  • We will identify priorities for collaboration across WHELF on RDM support, that the WHELF research group can take forward

This event is free thanks to funding from the WHELF Staff Development Fund.

Lunch will be provided for registered attendees. Please email r.b.whitfield@swansea.ac.uk with any dietary requirements.

Spaces are limited. Booking will close on Monday 15th August 2016. Please click here to book.

About the trainer: Dr Andrew M. Cox is a Senior Lecturer at the Information School, the University of Sheffield, the UK’s first Information School. He was the director of the RDMRose and “Wicked ways in RDM” projects. He is a University of Sheffield senate award winner for learning and teaching  and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research areas are research data management; social media and wellbeing; and information behaviour in serious leisure. He is head of the Information School’s Digital Societies Research Group.