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This course provides a general 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

This course offers a general 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


course leader

Dr Meriel Patrick, Analyst and Training Officer, IT Services


TBC for the 2015-16 academic year


TBC for the 2015-16 academic year

RDf Skills

C1, C2

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the the following for more details:

Additional support for researchers

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


Booking information will be published here when the date of the 2015-16 course is confirmed.

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