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Research data management education for future curators

Research data management education for future curators
Research data management education for future curators
Science has progressed by “standing on the shoulders of giants” and for centuries research and knowledge have been shared through the publication and dissemination of books, papers and scholarly communications. Moving forward, much of our understanding builds on (large scale) datasets, which have been collected or generated as part of the scientific process of discovery. How will this be made available for future generations? How will we ensure that, once collected or generated, others can stand on the shoulders of the data we produce?

Educating students about the challenges and opportunities of data management is a key part of the solution and helps the researchers of the future to start to think about the problems early on in their careers. We have compiled a set of case studies to show the similarities and differences in data between disciplines, and produced a booklet for students containing the case studies and an introduction to the data lifecycle and other data management practices. This has already been used at the University of Southampton within the Faculty of Engineering and is now being adopted centrally for use in other faculties. In this paper, we will provide an overview of the case studies and the guide, and reflect on the reception the guide has had to date.
data management, research, education, case studies, digital information
288-294
Scott, Mark
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Boardman, Richard
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Reed, Philippa
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Cox, Simon
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Scott, Mark
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Reed, Philippa
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Scott, Mark, Boardman, Richard, Reed, Philippa and Cox, Simon (2013) Research data management education for future curators. International Journal of Digital Curation, 8 (1), 288-294. (doi:10.2218/ijdc.v8i1.261).

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Science has progressed by “standing on the shoulders of giants” and for centuries research and knowledge have been shared through the publication and dissemination of books, papers and scholarly communications. Moving forward, much of our understanding builds on (large scale) datasets, which have been collected or generated as part of the scientific process of discovery. How will this be made available for future generations? How will we ensure that, once collected or generated, others can stand on the shoulders of the data we produce?

Educating students about the challenges and opportunities of data management is a key part of the solution and helps the researchers of the future to start to think about the problems early on in their careers. We have compiled a set of case studies to show the similarities and differences in data between disciplines, and produced a booklet for students containing the case studies and an introduction to the data lifecycle and other data management practices. This has already been used at the University of Southampton within the Faculty of Engineering and is now being adopted centrally for use in other faculties. In this paper, we will provide an overview of the case studies and the guide, and reflect on the reception the guide has had to date.

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Published date: 2013
Keywords: data management, research, education, case studies, digital information
Organisations: Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 353899
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/353899
PURE UUID: 8210d8d7-f68e-484b-a855-297168cf7cd7
ORCID for Mark Scott: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0476-9779
ORCID for Philippa Reed: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2258-0347

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Date deposited: 03 Jul 2013 08:39
Last modified: 08 Jul 2020 00:25

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