29 September 2010
Research Data MANTRA, a new project from the Data Library at the University of Edinburgh, aims to develop online learning materials which reflect best practice in research data management grounded in three disciplinary contexts: social science, clinical psychology, and geoscience.
The resulting materials will be embedded in three participating postgraduate programmes and made available through the Transkills programme for use by all postgraduate and early career researchers as well as made available generally through an open license.
In addition to web-based 'chapters' that students can work through at their own pace, the course will include video interviews with leading academics about data management challenges, and practical exercises in handling data in four software analysis environments: PASW, also known as SPSS, NVivo, R and ArcGIS.
The resultant materials will also be deposited with an open licence in JorumOpen, a national repository for open educational resources.
The project is a partnership between the Data Library in Information Services and the Institute for Academic Development, at the University of Edinburgh.
MANTRA is one of several current and recent projects with EDINA staff involvement.