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UK Data Service 2016 – free webinars

The UK Data Service has just released its 2016 programme of webinars.  These introduce different aspects of the service and explain their key datasets.

For some specialist training from data management experts without leaving the comfort of your own desk try one of these:

Introductory webinars:

  • Introduction to the UK Data Service – 21 January, 20 April, 12 October
  • Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service – 9 March, 28 April, 19 October
  • Key issues in reusing data – 4 February, 4 May, 26 October
  • Data management basics – 11 February, 12 May, 3 November

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ESRC announces new research data policy

ESRC 50th AnniversaryEarly last week the Economic and Social Research Council published a new research data policy.  Aligned with the RCUK Common Principles on Data Sharing, the policy outlines the obligations of ESRC grant holders and their institutions with respect to the collection, management and re-use of research data.  A specific requirement is that grant holders should “generate scientifically robust data ready for further re-use” (ESRC).

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Data management planning: resources and guides

The creation of a research data management plan (DMP) at the start of a research project is becoming a common requirement. It is increasingly an expectation on the part of funders, sometimes even at the bidding stage, and the University of Northampton’s research data policy and guidance highly recommend it.  But what is a DMP and what should it include? Read the rest of this entry