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16 Dec 2015

IG Education and Training for Handling of Research Data: our P6 meeting, Sept 2015

Bumper turn-out for the Interest Group on Education and Training for the Handling of Research Data (IG-ETHRD) at RDA Plenary 6!

The IG, which I currently co-chair with Yuri Demchenko (University of Amsterdam / the EC-funded EDISON project) met at Plenary 6 in September 2015.  We were delighted to have such a good turnout at our IG meeting with 99 seats filled and some more people listening from outside.  Clearly the training and skills agenda is an important one which connects directly to building capacity and creating jobs across the research data space.  Our aim is to support education and training-related activities across the full spectrum of stakeholders including those who identify as researchers, librarians, data scientists, research data managers and any other interested parties; we recognise that increasing capacity and skill levels in research data handling improves practice throughout the lifecycle and as a result, the chances of availability of research data for reuse and impact.

September's meeting provided updates on current IG-ETHRD activities including: 

  • development of an updated profile of skills and proficiencies for four different research-data handling professions, namely research librarians; research administrators, research infrastructure managers; and researchers. We are gathering suggestions of 1. essential skills for research data handling; 2. desirable skills for research data handling; and 3. relevant literature and projects about aspects of research data handling for each of these four professions. This process will run until 15 Dec 2015. 
  • participation in the ULCC-DPC-DCC training needs survey available here: until 16 Oct 2015 (we have 207 responses so far!)
  • an active call for suggestions of work we can undertake with related working groups (WGs) and IGs at RDA, and other groups. 

We also enjoyed short presentations on the GridKA summer school; on the upcoming Data Science Summer School in Trieste this August which will be produced by CODATA, RDA, ICTP and TWAS; and on the EDISON project; before a lively discussion around the room.  

Time was short so we'd like to continue the discussion.  If you would like to find out more about the group, please visit the group's webpage (free website login required) - joining the mailing list is the best way to keep up to date with our activities.  And if you're interested in knowing more about any of the activities described above, please get in touch with one of the two co-chairs: laura.molloy AT, or y.demchenko AT  

An earlier version of this blogpost was originally posted on the Digital Centre blog at 30 Sep 2015.

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