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Introduction to Research Data Management

This course provides an overview of key data management issues, highlights the key questions researchers need to consider, and provides information about the various resources and services available to assist them.

Course details

The course offers an introduction to the following topics:
- What is research data management, and why is it important?

- The University of Oxford’s Policy on the Management of Research Data and Records: what researchers need to know

- Funding body requirements: what researchers need to do

- Data management planning

- Managing data during the lifetime of a project

  • Secure storage and backing up
  • Data documentation

- What happens to data at the end of a project?

  • Data preservation and sharing
  • Intellectual property issues and licensing
  • Oxford University platforms supporting research data management

- Further resources: where to find out more

Intended for

DPhil students and postdoctoral research staff who are currently, or are about to become, responsible for research project data management.

Number of places



Dr Meriel Patrick, Analyst and Training Officer, IT Services


The 2013-14 presentation of this course has already occurred. The date and time of the 2014-15 academic year course will be announced later in 2014.


Centenary Room, Careers Service

RDS Skills Codes

C1, C2


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