All Learning Resources

  • Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course

    This is an introductory course for policymakers and funders and comprises slide presentations and a video. The course is organized into the following modules.

    • Introduction to Open Science for Funders
    • The Impact of Open Science
    • Definitions and Terms used in Open Science
    • Requirements of Horizon 2020 Regarding Open Access and Open Data 
    • Creating Effective Open Access Policies
    • Developing Open Data Policies

    Suggested reading is also provided.

    Available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format on the slide preview pages for each module.

  • Introduction to Open Science for Funders, a part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    Provides a brief introduction to the main concepts of Open Science, discusses the rationale for Open Science and highlights the implications for the research lifecycle.

    This slide presentation is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It introduces the concept of and rationale for Open Science and some of the practicalities of Open Science.

    Available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format at the provided URL.  Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce....

  • Open Access Explained! - a part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    Provides a brief introduction to the main concepts of Open Science, discusses the rationale for Open Science and highlights the implications for the research lifecycle.

    This video module is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It puts Open Access in the historical context of scientific publishing and explains the benefits and rationale.

    Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce....

     
  • Impact of Open Science, part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    This slide presentation module is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It discusses and provides evidence for the impact of Open Data and Open Access. 

    Available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format at the provided URL.  Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce...

  • Definitions and Terms used in Open Science and Open Access, part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    This slide presentation is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It provides definitions of the main terms used in Open Science, including Research Data, and Gold, Green, Gratis and Libre Open Access.

    Available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format at the provided URL.

    Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce...

  • The Requirements of Horizon 2020 Regarding Open Access and Open Data, part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    This slide presentation module is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It outlines the Horizon 2020 policy and recommendations on Open Access and Open Data, and the underlying rationale.

    Available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format at the provided URL.

    Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce....

  • Creating Effective Open Access Policies, part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    This slide presentation module is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It describes what an Open Access policy should cover and what makes a policy effective; provides a model Open Access policy; explains why policies of this type work and gives examples.

    Available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format at the provided URL.

    Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce...

  • Developing Open Data Policies, part of the Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies course.

    This slide presentation module is part of the Introduction to Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies Course for policymakers and funders. It describes what an Open Data policy covers; discusses the content of a model Open Data policy; gives a practical checklist for developing an Open Data policy; discusses what makes an Open Data policy effective; and analyses existing policies of funders and links to examples.

    Associated readings may be found for this topic at:  https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/learning/designing-successful-open-acce....

  • Open Science at the Core of Libraries

    This introductory course is addressed to librarians at different levels and positions that are committed to supporting researchers and their research processes at their institutions and would like to gain an understanding of the implications of Open Science for them, the potential opportunities and possible challenges, and check on existing best practices to deal with them.

    The course includes five sections:

    • What is Open Science?
    • What are the Benefits of Open Science?
    • What are the Challenges for Open Science?
    • What is in Open Science for Librarians?
    • What to Do Next?

    Each section may include videos, associated readings, and Open Science lifecycle diagrams.  

    Learning outcomes:

    The learning outcomes of this course are:

    • Understand the relevance of Open Science in relation to research integrity, reproducibility and impact
    • Identify the implications and opportunities for libraries in the development and support of Open Science
    • Know existing initiatives and best practices on Open Science
    • Identify suitable resources and tools to further develop library services on Open Science

    Greater insight on how to implement Open Data and Research Data Management, Open Access, copyright and e-infrastructures into the scholarly lifecycle and grant proposal preparation, can be found in the other FOSTER courses and training resources.

  • An Introduction to the Basics of Research Data

    This is an animated video explaining the basics of research data. This video is recommended background material for students planning to attend a workshop on research data management. It has as its purpose the explanation of the basics of research data, in a simplistic, entertaining, and interesting manner. It is hoped that the information contained in the video will prepare research data novices for a future research data management course/workshop.

  • Long-lived Data: Tools to Preserve Data: Theoretical Overview

    This slide presentation covers the research data management life-cycle, data preservation concepts and processes, metadata for preservation, levels of digital preservation, what should be preserved, and institutional readiness.

    Slides are available for download at the provided URL.

  • Long-Lived Data: Tools to Preserve Research Data

    This slide presentation provides an introduction to BagIt and Bagger. BagIt is a hierarchical file packaging format designed to support storage and network transfer of digital content. Bagger enables creators and recipients of BagIt packages to confirm that the files are complete and valid. The presentation covers:

    • What are BagIt and Bagger?
    • Installing and running Bagit and Bagger
    • Types of metadata
  • Write a Data Management Plan

    Video tutorial describing how to write a data management plan, for example for a research grant application to an Economic and Social Research Council. A data management and sharing plan can help you consider--when you design and plan your research--how data will be managed during the research process and shared afterward with the wider research community. 

    Research benefits:

    • Establishes how to collect and manage research data
    • Helps keep track of data assets (e.g., when staff leave your institution)
    • Identifies data support, resources, and services
    • Plans for data security and ethical measures
    • Prepares you for data request

    For access to more UK Data Service video tutorials go to https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/use-data/tutorials. 

  • RDM for Librarians

    This is an introductory research data management (RDM) presentation for librarians. PowerPoint slides are available for download at the provided URL. The course covers:

    • Research data and RDM
    • Data management planning
    • Data sharing
    • Skills
    • RDM at University of Northampton

    An RDM for librarians handbook is also available at the provided URL.

  • Overview of RSpace Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) for Researchers

    A demonstration of RSpace, a software system for documenting your research work.

    More information about electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) can be found on the Gurdon Institute website at https://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/institute-life/computing/elnguidance. The site includes:

    • What is an Electronic Lab Notebook, and why should I use one?
    • A note about DIY documentation systems
    • Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) vs Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
    • Disengagement - what if I want to change systems?
    • Which ELN would be best for me/my group?
    • Evaluating the product
    • Some current ELN products (suitability, platform, storage, and other details)

     
     

  • Using LabArchives Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) in Your Lab

    LabArchives® is the leading secure and intuitive cloud-based Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) application enabling researchers to easily create, store, share and manage their research data. Far more than an “ELN”, LabArchives provides a flexible, extensible platform that can be easily customized to match your lab's workflow providing benefits to Principal Investigators, lab managers, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

    LabArchives ELN benefits and features:

    • Monitor, engage, and evaluate your teams' lab work
    • Notebook user access can be managed to allow access rights to certain notebooks, pages and/or entries
    • Interconnect all your lab data and image files to your observations and notes
    • Create and adhere to funding agency data management plans which require data sharing (via public URL or DOI)
    • Easily import and access digital experimental data captured from original lab machines produced by hardware/software
    • Lab team can easily upload images and videos directly to their notebook while conducting lab experiments
    • Complete audit control - tracks and stores ALL revisions, by users, for every entry - NO entry can be deleted - Protect IP
    • Publish and share selected data or entire notebooks to specific individuals or the public

    More information about electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) can be found on the Gurdon Institute website at https://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/institute-life/computing/elnguidance. The site includes:

    • What is an Electronic Lab Notebook, and why should I use one?
    • A note about DIY documentation systems
    • Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) vs Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
    • Disengagement - what if I want to change systems?
    • Which ELN would be best for me/my group?
    • Evaluating the product
    • Some current ELN products (suitability, platform, storage, and other details)
  • LabArchives Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN): Introduction to Professional Edition

    Demonstration of the LabArchives Professional Edition Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN).

    A wide range of resources for perspective electronic lab notebook (ELN) users can be found on the Gurdon Institute website at https://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/institute-life/computing/elnguidance. The site includes:

    • What is an Electronic Lab Notebook, and why should I use one?
    • A note about DIY documentation systems
    • Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) vs Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
    • Disengagement - what if I want to change systems?
    • Which ELN would be best for me/my group?
    • Evaluating the product
    • Some current ELN products (suitability, platform, storage, and other details)
  • Introduction to sciNote Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) and its Main Functionalities

    Whether you are just beginning your scientific career or already have vast experience, sciNote Electronic Lab Notebook enables you to organize your projects, experiments, and protocols and keep track of it all. It is easy to use, reliable and flexible. During this tutorial we will give you a detailed overview of sciNote functionalities, from experiment design to electronic signatures.

    A wide range of resources for perspective electronic lab notebook (ELN) users can be found on the Gurdon Institute website at https://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/institute-life/computing/elnguidance. The site includes:

    • What is an Electronic Lab Notebook, and why should I use one?
    • A note about DIY documentation systems
    • Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) vs Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
    • Disengagement - what if I want to change systems?
    • Which ELN would be best for me/my group?
    • Evaluating the product
    • Some current ELN products (suitability, platform, storage, and other details)
  • sciNote Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) Features Walkthrough

    sciNote electronic lab notebook enables you to organize your scientific data in a systematic way, which you can quickly find or cluster it together within a report. Every scientist has their own unique way of writing things down in the notebook and sciNote allows this necessary flexibility. In this video, we will walk you through main sciNote functionalities, from experiment design to creating a report.

    A wide range of resources for perspective electronic lab notebook (ELN) users can be found on the Gurdon Institute website at https://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/institute-life/computing/elnguidance. The site includes:

    • What is an Electronic Lab Notebook, and why should I use one?
    • A note about DIY documentation systems
    • Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) vs Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
    • Disengagement - what if I want to change systems?
    • Which ELN would be best for me/my group?
    • Evaluating the product
    • Some current ELN products (suitability, platform, storage, and other details)
  • Demonstration of the Open Science Framework (OSF) Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN)

    A demonstration of Open Science Framework's (OSF) Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN). OSF's application is a free, open-source web tool designed to help researchers track, manage, store, and if they choose, share their entire research workflow. 
    A wide range of resources for perspective electronic lab notebook (ELN) users can be found on the Gurdon Institute website at https://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/institute-life/computing/elnguidance. The site includes:

    • What is an Electronic Lab Notebook, and why should I use one?
    • A note about DIY documentation systems
    • Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) vs Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
    • Disengagement - what if I want to change systems?
    • Which ELN would be best for me/my group?
    • Evaluating the product
    • Some current ELN products (suitability, platform, storage, and other details)
  • "I'm leaving you... my data!" -- Practical Research Data Sharing Within Your Institution and the Wider Community

    This slide presentation discusses recent developments in research data management (RDM) practices in response to *Horizon 2020, United Kingdom's Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), Research Councils UK (RCUK), and institutional University of Southampton policy.
    Topics include:

    • Research, data, and repositories
    • European, national, and institutional policy
    • Research Data Alliance - workflows for data publishing
    • Identifiers and data citation
    • Force 11 data citation principles
    • DataCite and digital object identifiers (DOIs)
    • Linking data and publications
    • Scenarios exploring data management concepts and processes
    • How to get researchers' attention
    • Research costing
    • Active data sharing
    • Timeline for implementing institutional data management
    • Biomedical research software as a service (BRISSkit) overview

    *About Horizon 2020 (from https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/what-horizon-2020​):
    By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

  • Research Data Management and Integrating an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) with a University Research Infrastructure

    Two slide presentations:
    1. An overview of University of Edinburgh research data management policy and implementation
    2. Integrating an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) with a University Research Infrastructure: Case Study with Rspace at the University of Edinburgh, which includes:

    • Where demand for ELNs is coming from
    • RSpace - origins and overview
    • RSpace at Edinburgh - linking to files and depositing content in Edinburgh DataStore and archiving in Edinburgh DataVault
    • Platform for integration with other research data management infrastructures

     

  • Introduction to Data Management Planning

    This slide presentation is part of a workshop offered at Riga Technical University, Riga, to research support staff as an introduction to research data managment.  The slide presentation introduces data management plans, which are often submitted as part of grant applications, but are useful whenever researchers are creating data.  See below for instructions on downloading the slides.  The presentation covers the following topics:

    • What is a data management plan (DMP)?
    • Reasons for developing a DMP
    • Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation program templates
    • DMP deliverables 
    • Key decisions in DMP development
    • Resources about the DMP review process
    • Example DMPs

    This PowerPoint slide presentation can be downloaded from the provided web page by clicking on "Introduction to Data Management Planning" (11:45) on the agenda. 

  • Demonstration of DMPOnline (Data Management Planning Tool)

    Slide presentation demonstration of DMPOnline is part of a workshop offered at Riga Technical University, Riga giving an introduction to research data management for research support staff.  The slide presentation is designed to help research support staff help researchers create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements.  The slides can be downloaded by going to item 12:15 on the agenda.  More information can be found about the DMPonline tool at:  http://www.dcc.ac.uk/dmponline.

  • How to Customise DMPonline

    This downloadable slide presentation is part of a workshop offered at the Stratford Library and Learning Centre in 2016, and discusses what to consider when customising the Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool) which is used to create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements. See instructions for downloading the slides below.  The presentation covers:

    • The concept of guidance by theme
    • An overview of options and follow-along demo
    • Adding templates
    • Adding guidance
    • Customising funder templates

    This PowerPoint slide presentation can be downloaded from the provided web page by clicking on "How to customise DMPonline" (10:00) on the agenda. More information about the DMPonline tool can be found at:  http://www.dcc.ac.uk/dmponline. 

  • Demonstration of Customising DMPonline

    This slide presentation is part of a workshop offered at the Stratford Library and Learning Centre, and provides a practical lab exercise for using the administrative interface to customise the DMPonline tool.  More information about the DMPonline tool can be found at:  http://www.dcc.ac.uk/dmponline. 

  • Introduction to Research Data Management

    This slide presentation is part of a workshop presented at the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham U.K., and provides an introduction to the research data management landscape, data sharing, and data management planning.

    This PowerPoint slide presentation can be downloaded from the provided web page by clicking on "Introduction to Research Data Management" (10:10) on the agenda.

  • Analyzing DMPs to Inform Research Data Services

    Presentation about lessons learned from the DART project, which developed an analytic rubric to standardize the review of data management plans as a means to inform targeted expansion or development of research data services at academic libraries. 
     
     

  • Data Sharing and Management Snafu in Three Short Acts

    A data management horror story by Karen Hanson, Alisa Surkis, and Karen Yacobucci. This is what shouldn't happen when a researcher makes a data sharing request! Topics include storage, documentation, and file formats.

  • DCC Curation Webinar: Customising DMPonline

    Demonstration of DMPonline functionality, followed by a demonstration of how to customize DMPonline for your institution. ​DMPonline helps you to create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements.

  • DMPonline: Recent Updates and New Functionality

    This presentation covers updates and enhancements to the DMPonline  DMPonline helps you to create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements. Six areas are discussed:

    1. Usability improvements
    2. Lifecycle and review
    3. API for systems integration
    4. Institutional enhancements 
    5. Locale-aware support
    6. Maintenance
  • Organizing and Modeling Data

    This presentation is part of the World Geodetic System (WGS) Data Management Planning Course. It provides a brief overview of data management, databases, and data modeling. Presentation sections include:

    • Why manage data?
    • What is a database?
    • Information systems cycle and models
    • Database design in research
    • A database modeling exercise
    • Structured Query Language (SQL)
    • Tips and tricks/good practice

    Access this downloadable PowerPoint slide presentation called "Data Management for Library Ph.D." course at the 13.15 - 14.15 time slot on the agenda. 

  • Providing and Using (Open) Biodiversity Data through the Infrastructure of the Global Diversity Information Facility (GBIF)

    Introduction to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), including lessons and achievements from the first ten years of using GBIF. This presentation was part of the Conference Connecting Data for Research held at VU University in Amsterdam. Topics include:

    • What is biodiversity?
    • Biodiversity data
    • History of GBIF
    • GBIF usage trends
    • Primary GBIF data
    • Using GBIF
    • Darwin Core
    • Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT)
  • OpenEarth: A Flood of Dutch Coastal Data in Your Browser

    OpenEarth is a free and open source initiative to deal with data, models, and tools in earth science and engineering projects, currently mainly marine and coastal. This presentation was part of the Conference Connecting Data for Research held at VU University in Amsterdam. Presentation topics include:

    • What is OpenEarth?
    • Community
    • Philosophy
    • Features
  • Open Access Publishing: A User Perspective

    Part of the Embracing Data Management, Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice workshop, held in Brussels, this talk provides an introduction to open access publishing. Topics include:

    • Benefits
    • Philosophy
    • Requirements
    • Preprints and postprints
    • Tips
  • Modern Research Management Workshop

    Introduction to research data management (RDM). Topics include:

    • Data organization, storage, backup, security, and deposit 
    • Benefits of managing and sharing data
    • File formats
    • File naming
    • Data publishing
    • Data reuse
    • Open data
    • Sensitive data
    • Data management plans and the DMPonline tool
  • Data Management Tools

    An overview of research management tools:

    • Re3data to find repositories
    • FAIRsharing and RDA Data Standards Catalogue
    • DMPonline for writing data management plans
    • OpenAIRE for managing outputs and reporting results
  • How NOT to Share Your Data: Avoiding Data Horror Stories

    This presentation is designed to encourage best practice from researchers when sharing their data. It covers basic issues such as repositories, file formats, and cleaning spreadsheets. It was designed for researchers in the sciences who already have some basic awareness that data sharing has many benefits and is expected by many UK research funders. Topics include:

    • Where you should and should not share your data
    • What data should you include?
    • Choosing a file format
    • Spreadsheet use
    • How you should and should not describe your data
  • Dash: Making Data Sharing Easier

    Dash is a self-service tool for researchers to select, describe, identify, upload, update, and share their research data. 

    For more information about Dash go to ​https://www.cdlib.org/services/uc3/dash.html.

  • Research Data Lifecycle

    Data often have a longer lifespan than the research project that creates them. Researchers may continue to work on data after funding has ceased, follow-up projects may analyse or add to the data, and data may be re-used by other researchers.

    Adhering to a well-defined research data lifecycle results in organised, well documented, preserved and shared data that advance scientific inquiry and increase opportunities for learning and innovation.