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Research data training online

As we are still facing significant restrictions on movement and in-person events during the whole of semester 2 we will continue offering our RDM (Research Data Management) training courses online only.  

For undergraduate and taught masters students we have a new course called Data Mindfulness: Making the most of your dissertation, which can be enrolled on via Learn on MyEd. Alternatively, the videos and workbook are available on our training page.    Our online, self-paced RDM training course, Research Data MANTRA, has also been undergoing a significant update, which will be the subject of a future article:

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Research data training poster with a circuit-board and interconnected links

Courses available to book in MyEd include:   

• Realising the Benefits of Good Research Data Management  

• Writing A Data Management Plan for Your Research

• Working with Personal and Sensitive Data  

• Edinburgh DataVault: supporting users archiving their research data    

Full details about each course are on our training webpage.


The following courses will not run during semester 2, but we plan to relaunch them as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you need any support just get in touch with us via and we’ll be happy to help.   

• Data Cleaning with OpenRefine  

• Handling Data Using SPSS  

• Assessing Disclosure Risk in Quantitative Data  

• Assessing Data Quality in Quantitative Data  

• Introduction to Visualising Data in ArcGIS  

• Introduction to Visualising Data in QGIS    


A final note, the Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC which we launched with the University of North Carolina in 2016 has enjoyed its most successful period during the pandemic, with people wanting to reskill for the digital world. Over 2,700 learners have successfully completed the 5-week course and passed assessments, with over 25,000 people engaging with the highly-rated course since the beginning. 


- Robin Rice, Data Librarian