Research Data Service

Scheduled workshops

In semester 2 of the 2021/22 academic year we will be delivering a mix of in-person and online workshops. Please check the details of each workshop before registering.

Booking through MyEd

All of our courses can be booked through MyEd and using the links below.  Once you have booked onto a course you will be registered on the appropriate session and should receive an email with details of how to join the session before it starts. If you don't receive this information please let us know using the Contact Us option at the top of this page.

The courses provided by us this term are:

  • Realising the Benefits of Good Research Data Management (RDS001)
  • Writing a Data Management Plan for your Research (RDS002)
  • Working with Personal and Sensitive Data (RDS003)
  • Data Handling Using SPSS (RDS005)
  • Archiving your Research Data (RDS010)

Realising the Benefits of Good Research Data Management (RDS001)

Interactive Workshop - Attendees need to bring a smart phone, tablet, or laptop, preferably a laptop. No prior knowledge is required for this course.

This course runs for 2.5 hours.

This in-depth course will provide researchers at all stages of their career with an accessible and practical guide to Research Data Management (RDM) and how it can benefit their research. It covers the entire research data life cycle from Data Management Planning through to Improving the Visibility and Impact of research data in order to increase a researcher’s profile. With practical hints and tips throughout this course is ideal for those just setting out on a career in research as well as anyone looking to update or refresh their skills.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  1. recognize the importance of RDM and Data Management Planning
  2. understand the difference between sensitive and non-sensitive data and how that will impact on their research and RDM
  3. apply basic RDM skills to their daily research practices
  4. determine the extent to which their research data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR)
  Audience   Date   Time   Venue    Booking link
  All Staff and PGR's  9th June 2022 13:30 - 16:00   Online - Microsoft Teams  https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=54856
  All Staff and PGR's   20th July 2022   10:00 - 12:30   Online - Microsoft Teams 

  https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=54857

Writing a Data Management Plan for your Research (RDS002)

Interactive workshop - Attendees should bring a laptop or tablet to write their DMP on either using DMPonline, or the basic template the tutor will provide. It would also be helpful if you could bring your project outline to base the draft DMP on.

At the end of this practical workshop you will have produced a 1st draft Data Management Plan (DMP) for your research project. You will understand the basic components of good DMP.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

  1. understand the necessity/benefits of producing a DMP;
  2. know how to register for and use DMPonline;
  3. have drafted a basic DMP that they can complete after the course.
  Audience   Date   Time   Venue   Booking Link
 All Staff and PGR's  16th June 2022  10:00 - 12:00  Online - Microsoft  Teams   https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=54858
 All Staff and PGR's    27th July 2022  14:00 - 16:00  Online - Microsoft  Teams      https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=54859

Working with Personal and Sensitive Data (RDS003)

Presentation - Before attending you should complete the mandatory online Data Protection Training https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management/training/data-protection

Researchers today are pressured to share their research data and make it accessible to other researchers. But what if you have collected sensitive or confidential data?

For many researchers, the sensitivity of research data is one of the main barriers to data sharing. Fear of violating ethical or legal obligations, lack of knowledge about disclosure control and the time required to anonymise data to a suitable standard often prevent valuable datasets from seeing the light of day.

In this two-hour awareness raising course, we introduce how to collect, share, store, and protect the sensitive data you may encounter as part of your work.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

  1. understand the principles of good research data management;
  2. have knowledge of GDPR and data protection regulations, and what these mean for research and research data;
  3. be aware of relevant services and resources available to researchers at the university.
  Audience   Date   Time   Venue   Booking Link
  All Staff and PGR's  14th June 2022  10:00 - 12:00   Online - Microsoft Teams   https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=54860  
  All Staff and PGR's  2nd August 2022  10:00 - 12:00   Online - Microsoft Teams   https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=54861

Handling Data Using SPSS (RDS005)

Computer lab-based, hands on workshop

The aim of this half-day course is to show you how the facilities provided by SPSS can help with the management of your research data, demonstrating the benefits of using SPSS syntax-driven commands to keep a record of data preparation, management and analysis steps. This includes getting data out of SPSS, whether for long-term preservation or for further analysis in other software.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

1. Understand the importance of data management for research

2. Gain hands-on experience undertaking common data management steps in SPSS

3. Become confident in using syntax-driven commands to work with research data

Audience Date Time Venue Booking Link
All Staff and PGR's 21st June 2022 10:00 - 13:00 Main Library, 30 George Square, Room 1.08 (Central Area) https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=54862

Archiving your Research Data (RDS010)

Interactive workshop

Learn how to keep your data findable, accessible and re-usable (FAIR) for the decades to come, and how to show your funder you’re complying with their data policy. The course includes a demo of DataVault’s new and improved interface.

 Content  Learning Outcomes

 Part 1 – The Test of Time

  1. What is Archiving?
  2. Why Archive Research Data for the Long-term?
  3. Archival Appraisal – What to Keep?
  4. Risks to Long-term Access to Your Data
  5. OAIS – Reference Model for Digital Preservation
  6. Steps to Digitally Preserve your Research Data

 Part 2 – Practical data archiving

  1. Data Sharing
  2. UoE Research Data Management policy 2022
  3. Trustworthy repositories
  4. Archiving open data on Edinburgh DataShare
  5. Making sensitive data shareable
  6. Exercise – start a DataShare submission
  7. Support available from the university
  8. Archiving sensitive data
  9. Archiving larger files or sensitive data – Edinburgh DataVault

 

Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

1. Know how to select the most appropriate data to archive

2. Know how to protect their data from long-term risks

3. Know how to digitally preserve their data

4. Know how to select a trustworthy repository

5. Know how to archive their data

6. Know what systems and support are available to facilitate data sharing and archiving

 

  Audience   Date   Time   Venue   Booking Link
 All Staff and PGR's  15th July 2022  10:00 - 12:00  Online - Microsoft Teams  https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=54982
 All Staff and PGR's  20th July 2022  10:00 - 12:00 Online - Microsoft Teams  https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=54983