RDM Training at TU Graz: The FAIR Principles, Data Stewardship and DMPs

Date: 1 July 2020 
Where: TUG TeachCenter via BigBlueButton 
Participants: 72 (including presenters/moderators) from all faculties

Organized by: Digital TU Graz Handlungsfeld Forschung
Stefan Reichmann 
Ilire Hasani-Mavriqi
Sarah Stryeck

Overview and aims of the webinar

In recent years, Research Data Management according to the FAIR principles as well as Data Management Plans (DMPs) have become mandatory for many publishers as well as research funders (e.g. EC, FWF). Since these requirements constitute unknown territory for many researchers, the project FAIR Data Austria hosted a webinar on Data Management and FAIR Data to show researchers of TU Graz how to fulfil these requirements. In close collaboration with four Data Stewards from TU Delft, the webinar gave a hands-on introduction and lots of background on

  • the data lifecycle
  • the aims of data stewardship – what do data stewards do?
  • the FAIR principles of data management – what does it mean to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable?
  • Data formats and metadata standards
  • Licenses and licensing
  • Data archiving & preservation
  • data management plans – what, why, and how to write one

The first part of the session consisted in an introduction to FAIR principles, and an overview of what to consider when applying those principles during and after research. Part I of the webinar thereby delivered the basics of data management via a series of three introductory lectures by experts (data stewards) from TU Delft – what FAIR means and how these rather abstract principles can be applied in everyday research practice.

The second part of the webinar was devoted to creating Data Management Plans (DMPs). After a brief general  introduction, participants were assigned to breakout groups where they were given the opportunity to create their own DMP under the guidance of our experts from TU Delft. For the task, participants were asked to use the tool DMPonline (https://dmponline.dcc.ac.uk/) to create a Data Management Plan considering different types of sensitive data (e.g., commercial or personal data). By the end of the session participants were familiar with FAIR data principles as well as data management planning and able to find resources about data management.

Trainers from TU Delft

  • Heather Andrew Mancilla (Data Steward)
  • Esther Plomp (Data Steward)
  • Santosh Ilamparuthi (Data Steward)
  • Paula Martinez Lavanchy (Lead RDM Training)
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