From Classroom to Practice: integrating education and training in handling research data

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28 Oct 2022
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Meeting objectives: 

The objective of the meeting is to bring together trainers involved in the delivery of research data management to researchers and students to share the possibilities of effective andragogical strategies - i.e. adult training approaches that build on real life experience - in this area. Looking back at the last ten years of the ETHRD-IG in the spirit of the Plenary theme, ‘A Decade of Data’, we would like to look at recent developments and talk about current solutions and methods in adult education in order to discuss how to drive cultural change in data training and education, to support academics and prepare them for the labour market.

 We can achieve this together through:

  • Discovering existing education and training materials that successfully employ innovative or traditional andragogy, and that demonstrate the value  of  open sharing and reuse of training materials and their underlying data;

  • Jointly identifying materials in ways that assist in assessing fitness for use, e.g., audience, goals, required competencies, language. Making this a joint, global effort will help the community to use training to effectively address challenges, and unite disciplines and countries;

  • Creating and enriching materials so that they can be reused, connected to each other, and understood in context to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of engaging citizens, students and researchers from diverse backgrounds, and overcoming boundaries of countries and disciplines.

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Starting with a review of the last ten years of the ETHRD-IG, its developments and outputs, we would like to shift the focus to andragogy. We invite the community to share their projects and to test new methods on delivering RDM to students and researchers in ways that respect and incorporate participants’ professional experiences. These will act as a springboard for developing and coalescing around community-derived next-stage activities necessary for advancing the work of the education and training community in particular, and the data community as a whole. The ETHRD-IG, P20 session will be a knowledge exchange and idea-generating session in which we create a welcoming space for the community to add their own ideas and experiences whilst making new connections with an engaged audience to sustain and benefit the community.


Warm-up: Menti introduction, or similar technology

Part 1 (20 min): Welcome

  • Introduction and review of the last decade of ETHRD-IG (5 min)

  • overview of current work and future plans, goals for this meeting (10 min)

    • Minimal metadata application profile (3 min)

    • Skills4EOSC (3 min)

    • Goals for this meeting (2 min)

  • Call for new co-chairs  (1 min)

  • Questions. (3 min)

Part 2 (60 min): Presentation and feedback on education and training of students and researchers

  1. Integrating RDM in Higher Education (Prof. Dr. Sandra Schulz) (~15 min)

    1. Talk ~5-7 min

    2. Attendee interaction around topic

  2. Hands-on methods to deliver RDM training to researchers (Dr. Jeanne Wilbrandt) (~20 min)

    1. Activity 10 min

    2. Attendee interaction around topic

  3. Group report outs (~20 min)

Part 3 (15 min): Next steps

  • Deriving from group report outs, identify potential future areas of work

  • Confirm commitments to next steps

  • Align around goals for P21.

Target Audience: 

This meeting will be of benefit to: 

  • those directly involved in teaching and training data skills

  • policy developers working on increasing capacity and enabling data skills

  • projects and initiatives focused on data related skills development

  • funders with similar requirements

  • librarians working with research data

  • representatives from Higher Education Institutes

  • repository administrators and developers

  • metadata architects

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Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The ETHRD IG provides a venue for exchanging information about existing developments and initiatives related to education and training on research data handling. Providing necessary education and training is critical to uncovering the benefits of worldwide Open Data activities, realising the potential of data-driven research, and increasing the efficiency and impact of all modes of research, to ultimately improve our world.

In this session we will be building upon past work of the IG to continue work within the current context of the data professional education environment and contribute to the work of the IG in ways that will benefit existing initiatives and uncover new initiatives, ripe for synergistic contributions. The goal is to address data science and research data handling education and training by facilitating information exchange and cooperation between efforts around the world that are supporting the education of data professionals and training of those handling research data.

Short Group Status: 

The ETHRD-IG is a well-established recognised group of long standing, having started in 2013. Through this time we have remained a populous group with a variety of interests, supporting work in multiple areas across a wide community, counting more than 300 members. The IG is a central venue at RDA to exchange and coordinate numerous training activities at RDA and associated European, US and worldwide projects on data related skills development and curricula development. We remain an open group, welcome to new-comers and old-timers, as the work of education and training is never done. 

Our recent initiatives include:

Focus group on exploring a metadata application profile for the minimal schema, prior to creating recommendations for extended documentation for training materials

Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
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Group co-chairs, with others, as invited.