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

09 Oct 2019

P14 Session Chair Update

In preparation for Plenary 14 in Helsinki, please refer to the information presented below pertaining to your breakout sessions.


Remote Participation

  • Remote participation will be available in each meeting room through GoToMeeting, which will be running from the laptop provided by the University. By just opening your presentation on this laptop, remote attendees will be able to view your slides and hear you speak.

07 Oct 2019

Re: P14 IG-ETHRD Session 23 Oct 2019 16:00-17:30 - Call for participation

Dear IG-ETHRD Members,
Just to refresh announcement about the IG-ETHRD meeting at RDA14 in
This will be a busy week for people who attend many collocated events.
The same, we will have a busy session but with sufficient time to
discuss education and training issues that many organisations and
countries are facing.
The title for our session is “Leveraging RDA data training experience in
a data-driven economy"
And this is indeed where RDA can share experience with industry and
other economy sectors.

04 Sep 2019

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16 Aug 2019

Re: [rda-edu-ig] P14 IG-ETHRD Session 23 Oct 2019 16:00-17:30 - Call for participation

Dear IG-ETHRD Members,
The IG-ETHRD session is scheduled on 23 Oct 2019 at 16:00-17:30
Dear IG-ETHRD Members,
The IG-ETHRD session is scheduled on 23 Oct 2019 at 16:00-17:30
You will find the provisional agenda at
The agenda is busy as usual. There are few short presentations scheduled
but we will have opportunity to allocate or report some important

25 Jun 2019

DTW2019 Data Teaching Workshop – 5th Workshop on Curricula and Teaching Methods in Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Data Science

Dear List members,
I hope this information - CFP for the DTW2019 workshop sponsored by the
EDISON Community Initiative is relevant and interesting.
Deadline is 30 June 2019 (can be extended few days).
We are soliciting papers on Data Management, Governance and Stewardship.
eScience in San Diego conference is a good venue to talk to researchers
about data management practices.
I hope on few submissions from this community.
DTW2019 Data Teaching Workshop – 5th Workshop on Curricula and Teaching

24 Jun 2019

Plenary 14 Session Submission Deadline Is Thursday!

With Plenary 14 (P14) scheduled to occur from October 23-25, the deadline for session submission is this Thursday, 27 June at 16:00 UTC.

Submissions for meeting sessions are open to working groups, interest groups, joint groups and birds of feather (BoF) meetings.

Please note, however, submissions are accepted from group chairs only. If you submit a session request for a group, please notify the other chairs of that group.

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open!

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.