Course: Writing a Data Management Plan

The dates for the training ‘Writing a Data Management Plan’ for PhDs from the VU faculties FGB and Faculty of Science have been announced.

Course dates:

  • Thursday 13 June, 14.00-17.00 (research including personal data); registration closes 22 May 2019;
  • Tuesday 1 October, 9.30-12.30 (research including personal data); registration closes 9 September 2019;
  • Tuesday 26 November, 9.30-12.30 (research without personal data); registration closes 4 November 2019.

Registration: Library Event Calendar (please select the course of your choice);
Workload: 1 EC;
Target group: PhD students at FGB/Beta at the beginning of their research project (± 1st year);
Maximum number of participants: 30;
Language: the default language for this course is English, but we can switch to Dutch in case all participants speak Dutch. If desired, assignments may be submitted in Dutch as well.
Costs: free of charge for VU PhD students;
Good RDM (e.g. storing, sharing, archiving, describing your research data) contributes to research transparency and integrity. Due to the advance of new technologies, data volumes and numbers of files are constantly increasing. For that reason good data management is an essential part of data-driven research as well. In this workshop, we will introduce and discuss the different aspects of RDM which typically need to be covered in a data management plan (DMP), such as data description, data storage during research, sharing data with colleagues, data archiving after research and data citation. The various components of research data management will be related to the FAIR principles (that is, principles to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). We will also address the ethical and legal framework, including the General Data Protection Regulation (the European law on privacy), if applicable. In this training, you’ll learn why good RDM is necessary and how it can be beneficial to your research. In an interactive workshop, we will provide you with practical guidelines and instruments to manage your data properly.  You will be working on a DMP for your own research, so that you can apply the things you learn to your own project.

NOTE: This training requires some preparation from your side. You will be asked to study some materials about RDM (two short articles and a website). In addition, you need to write a first draft of a DMP, which will be worked out in more detail during the workshop.