Managing Research Data

4 Modules Duration: 5h00

This course on Managing Research Data to Unlock its Full Potential covers the key elements of effective data management during research projects. In this course you will discover how good data management will benefit your research and career, and learn how to implement best practices in research data management in order to maximise the outputs of your research. 

The course is suitable for new researchers wishing to build their skills in data management, as well as more experienced researchers looking to enhance their research data practice and/or mentor others.

What you'll learn

  • Why effective data management is beneficial to your research and your career
  • How to create and maintain a data management plan
  • How to apply best practices for organising, storing, archiving and quality checking your data
  • How to ensure that your data is understandable to yourself and others
  • The pros and cons of different options for sharing your data


  • 4-module course
  • Certificate of completion
  • Benefit from the experience of 10 experts on research data management
  • English language captions and transcripts

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The course

Welcome and introduction | 1h00 | 5 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • how this course defines ‘data’, ‘data management’ and ‘data sharing’
  • the benefits of data management to you and the research community
  • what data management policies might apply to your research.
Creating and maintaining your data management plan | 1h00 | 4 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • why data management plans are useful
  • what a data management plan looks like
  • how to create a data management plan for your research
  • what further information you will need to complete your data management plan.
Managing data in the short and long term | 1h30 | 8 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • why organising and storing data properly is important
  • what to think about when securely storing your data
  • how to organise your data to be easily accessible and understandable to yourself and others
  • how to assure the quality of the data you are storing
  • how to choose and store the data that you need to keep long-term.
Sharing your data | 1h30 | 7 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • how to evaluate when, how and why data sharing will take place on your project
  • what others will need in order to understand your data
  • what is meant by making your data ‘FAIR’
  • how to select a suitable repository and prepare your data to be deposited there
  • what are the key questions and options for deciding terms of use for your data