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Training Data Management

The Centre for Digital Scholarship offers several opportunities for training on data management. Topics included are policies and requirements, sensitive data and GDPR, data sharing and consent, publishing and archiving data, Data Management Plans, FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) and Open Science. There is no charge for Leiden University employees except where indicated.

All the courses are delivered by members of the data management team. If you want us to organise a course for you or you have any other questions, you can contact us at datamanagement@library.leidenuniv.nl

Workshop: How to write a Data Management Plan

Leiden University and most research funders require a data management plan (DMP) before the start of a new research project. The aim of this workshop is to help you write your DMP. We will provide you with guidance and support to help you answer the questions that are commonly addressed in a data management plan: what kind of data will you be collecting, where will you store your data, with whom and how will you share your data, how will others be able to understand the data, and how will you preserve your data for the long term. We reserve time for filling out the university template for a data management plan.


Target group
All researchers from Leiden University wishing to write a data management plan. Note there are tailor-made courses for PhD students from some faculties.

Method & content
One session of 2,5 hours with presentations and handouts. Participants will bring their own device to write a first version of a data management plan. Afterwards, participants will receive additional information to help them finalize their own data management plan.

Enrollment & dates

  • April 16th 2019, 10.00 - 12.30
  • June 4th 2019, 10.00 - 12.30

Venue: Heinsius/Vossius Room, Leiden University Libraries (UBL)

If you are an employee of Leiden University, you can register by sending an e-mail to datamanagement@library.leidenuniv.nl with the date of the session you like to attend, your research institute and any specific questions you may have. If the dates mentioned don’t suit you, please let us know.

Tailor made faculty training for PhD students

Participants learn to manage their own data according to standard procedures and best practices common in their field of research. They write a data management plan (DMP), that conforms to university regulations, in which they describe the principles behind their methods for data management. During the last session, participants present their DMP to the group. This provides an opportunity to exchange best practices and receive feedback from the trainers.

Target group
These tailormade courses on data management are for new PhD students from:

Staff or PhD students from institutes not listed above and interested in a tailor-made course are advised to contact us or their graduate school. The course can be registered as part of the recommended transferable skills training for PhD students (0,5 ects).

Method & content
Two or three sessions of 2 to 4 hours with presentations and hands-on exercises. Participants need to bring their own device.

Enrollment & dates
The organising institute takes care of planning, selection and invitation of participants. They will inform participants of dates and location.

Course tutors
The training is delivered by members of the CDS data management team and a senior researcher from the organising institute.


Project & Data Management for PhDs

Project management is about structuring and monitoring your work. Knowing the what, why, when, where, and how is crucial to get a grip on your work, obtain results, and maintain some peace of mind. Data management involves the creation, safe storage and preservation of research data. This PhD starter kit covers the theory and practice of both data- and project- management.

Target group
All PhD candidates from Leiden University (including LUMC), preferably in the first year of their research.

Enrollment & dates
For further information, also on costs, see the staff member site: https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/courses/hrm-opleidingen/data--and-project-management-for-phds

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