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Looking after your research data: a workshop for trainers22 - 23 September 2011University of Essex, Colchester

This workshop will showcase outputs from the Researcher Development Initiative (RDI) project Data Management and Sharing for Researchers Training.

RDI logo - link to RDI

The workshop is aimed at people who are tasked with training or teaching researchers - at all levels - in how to look after social research data, specifically UK-based lecturers, tutors, graduate teaching assistants and research support staff in universities, colleges and research organisations.

cover of Managing and Sharing Data

Over one and a half days, participants will work through a series of training modules covering the seven key areas of data management identified by the UK Data Archive:

  • sharing your data - why and how
  • data management planning for researchers and research centres
  • documenting your data
  • formatting your data
  • storing your data, including data security, data transfer, encryption, and file sharing
  • ethics and consent
  • data copyright

The UK Data Archive has over 40 years' experience in selecting, ingesting, curating and providing access to data. We are a designated Place of Deposit for The National Archives and are internationally acknowledged experts in this field.

Programme overview

  • Day 1: A comprehensive overview plus modules of exercises focusing on key challenges faced in managing and sharing data. Drinks and dinner are included.
  • Day 2: More exercises and evaluation plus 20-minute clinics providing an opportunity to discuss bespoke issues with Archive specialists.

See the link below for complete programme details.


Participants should be actively tasked with training or teaching social researchers in how to look after research data. Places are reserved for UK-based lecturers, tutors, graduate teaching assistants and research support staff in universities, colleges and research organisations. This course is unsuitable for undergraduate or postgraduate students unless in a teaching role.


The workshop is free as it is sponsored by the RDI project. However to guard against vacancies, we ask that you reserve your place with a £100 deposit via a cheque. We will return your cheque, if you attend the full one and a half days or if you cancel your booking at least seven working days before the workshop.

To apply

Complete the online application form. We will evaluate your application and confirm your place within five working days. Please note that places are limited. The application deadline is 31 August 2011.

We are offering a limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries. Please note that all bursaries have now been allocated.

This event is now full.