Education and Training on handling of research data IG


Group details

Case Statement: 
IG Established

The context of increasing volumes of data being created by researchers and the strengthening of requirements for research data management and data sharing has created demand for a new and evolving set of competencies and skills for researchers who create and use the data, and the growing cadre of professionals who support them.

In general, the fostering of these abilities is not explicitly addressed by current training or formal education plans. Also, the place, role and career structure of support professions (data scientists, data librarians, data managers, data analysts, research administrators, infrastructure providers and developers, etc.) is not clear.

The objective of this IG is the exchange of information about existing developments and initiatives and promotion of training/education to manage research data throughout the data lifecycle. Concretely, it will make the case for creating taxonomies of the skills required by different group of data management specialists/professionals and elaborating reference models as a basis to:

  1. enable the setting of quality standards for appropriate education and training programmes aimed at researchers and the professionals that support them, at all career stages;
  2. encourage the recognition of data skills amongst employees, employers, and professional bodies.
  3. prepare the ground for practical applications applying these standards in educational environments

The potential benefits include:

  • increased employability, mobility and recognition of data professionals, including international certification and accreditation, and improved career progression structures;
  • better recognition of data competencies and skills as integral components of researcher and support staff attributes;
  • increased supply of trained data professionals;
  • encouraging innovation in data-related curricula;
  • fostering professional associations around recognizable skills.
  • coordinating development of framework curriculum for different domains.


Recent Activity

25 Jan 2019

RDA Plenary 13 - Your session has been successfully accepted

Dear groups,
Congratulations! Your session application  - Training in Research Data
Skills - has been approved and will appear in the RDA Plenary 13
Programme.  Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.
The detailed Plenary 13 programme will be published online by 11
February, 2019, and your scheduled session time will be published in the
programme. The programme will also include the link to your meeting web
page – please keep that page up to date with any changes to your agenda

02 Jan 2019

[rda-edu-ig] EDSF Release 3 published and Call for contribution to Use case document

Dear IG ETHRD Members and All,
This is to announce that the EDISON Data Science Framework (EDSF)
Release 3 is published on the current community supported EDISON
Initiative github location
The EDSF Release 3 incorporated updates discussed and suggested by the
EDSF Release 3 Design workshop that took place on 18-19 July 2018 at the
University of Amsterdam, also comments received after publishing

02 Nov 2018

Open consultation on the EOSCpilot 'FAIR4S' skills framework

Dear group members,
The pilot project for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSCpilot) has drafted a 'Framework for FAIR Data Stewardship Skills in Science and Scholarship’ (FAIR4S). We are now looking for feedback on how applicable the framework is in its current form, and reactions to some draft conclusions about skills development on the EOSC.
The FAIR4S framework draws on previous work to identify competences for professional groups involved in stewardship, including some of the work done by the ETDH group and the EDISON project.

28 Sep 2018

EDSF pre-Release 3 published - Call for comments and contribution

Dear IG ETHRD Members and All,
This is to announce that the EDISON Data Science Framework (EDSF)
pre-Release 3 published on the current community supported EDISON
Initiative github location.
The EDSF pre-Release 3 provides update of the four EDSF major documents
and is the result of the EDSF Release 3 Design workshop that took place
on 18-19 July 2018 at the University of Amsterdam (see workshop page for
Dear IG ETHRD Members and All,

11 Jul 2018

Re: [rda-edu-ig] EDSF Release 3 Design workshop 18-19 July 2018 (UvA, Amsterdam) - Draft Agenda

Dear IG ETHRD Members and All,
The workshop agenda will be built around discussion of the the received
comments and the required updates to the four EDSF documents and content
of the new documents (what is a subject of volunteer editors):
As a part of the agenda, we currently have few topics for the general
discussion at the workshop:
1) defining general skills group (possibly describing them in a separate

10 Jul 2018

FOSTER’s draft Open Science training courses are now open for public consultation.

***Call for public comment***
FOSTER Plus (Fostering the practical implementation of Open Science in Horizon 2020 and beyond) is a 2-year, EU-funded project, carried out by 11 partners across 6 countries. The primary aim is to contribute to a real and lasting shift in the behaviour of European researchers to ensure that Open Science (OS) becomes the norm. To this end, a key objective for the FOSTER project has been to develop a set of ten training courses targeted towards early career researchers.

06 Jul 2018

Re: [rda-edu-ig] EDSF Release 3 Design workshop 18-19 July 2018 (UvA, Amsterdam)

Dear IG ETHRD Members,
This is to announce the EDSF (EDISON Data Science Framework) design
workshop will take place on 18-19 July 2018 at UvA, Science Park 904
The workshop will start at 11:00 on the first day and finish 17:00
second day.
The exact agenda and co-organising parties will be announced next week.
The following timeline for the EDSF Release 3 is set to allow wider
18-19 July 2018 EDSF Design workshop: review of comments, discussion of