All Learning Resources

  • Session 1: Introduction to IODE Ocean Data Portal V2, part of the ODINAFRICA Ocean Data Portal Training-of-Trainers Course.

    This video presentation is Session 1 of 3 from the ODINAFRICA Ocean Data Portal (ODP) training-of-trainers course.  The ODP course demonstrates the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Ocean Data Portal V2. The focus is on ODP Data Provider for national nodes (NODCs). This course includes some specific topics like an introduction to Linux OS and an application server which are used as an operating environment. This course can be also used to gain a better understanding of the IODE Ocean Data Portal and its capabilities. 

    The course is comprised of three sessions and each session is composed of several video presentations. Session 1, Introduction to IODE Ocean Data Portal V2, contains the following videos.

    • Enabling Science through Seamless and Open Access to Marine Data
    • IODE-ODP: Technological Framework of New IODE System
    • Architecture of IODE ODP V2
    • ODP Data Provider Overview
    • ODP Interoperability Package

    PowerPoint slides for each presentation are available for download from the main course page.

    About the Ocean Data Portal:

    • Formally established in 2007 as a program under the IODE and supported by the Partnership Centre for IODE Ocean Data Portal, Russian Federation
    • Seeks to provide open and seamless access to marine data collections in an enabling and globally distributed environment
    • Facilitates discovery, evaluation, and access to data
    • Provides benefits to both data providers and data users
    • Focuses on standards, technology, people, and capacity planning 
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

     
  • The Horizon 2020 Open Research Data Pilot: Introduction to the Requirements of the Open Research Data Pilot

    This course provides an introduction to the European Commission's Open Research Data Pilot in Horizon 2020. It includes two sections: Introduction to the Requirements of the Open Research Data Pilot and How to Comply with the Requirements of the Open Research Data Pilot. Each section may include videos, presentation slides, demonstrations, associated readings, and quizzes which can be found at the URL to the home page for this course.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understand what is required of participants in the Horizon 2020 Open Research Data pilot
    • Learn about the concepts of open data, metadata, licensing and repositories
    • Identify key resources and services that can help you to comply with requirements
    • Undertake short tests to check your understanding
  • 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.

  • Why Cite Data?

    This video explains what data citation is and why it's important. It also discusses what digital object identifiers (DOIs) are and how they are used.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Open Access to Publications in Horizon 2020

    The purpose of this course is to inform researchers about how to comply with the Horizon 2020 (H2020) mandate by depositing their publications in an open access repository. 

    The course includes three sections:

    • What is the H2020 Open Access Mandate?
    • The Requirements of the H2020 Mandate
    • Reuse Publications in H2020

    Each section may include videos, associated readings, policy documents, and/or quizzes. A fact sheet is available to view and download in PowerPoint format and available to download in text, PDF, and EPUB format the fact sheet web page.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Understand the context and the content of the H2020 mandate
    • Know how to comply with the H2020 OA Mandate
    • Learn how to reuse the deposited publications in Horizon 2020
  • 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.

  • 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
  • FAIR Webinar Series

    This webinar series explores each of the four FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) in depth - practical case studies from a range of disciplines, Australian and international perspectives, and resources to support the uptake of FAIR principles.

    The FAIR data principles were drafted by the FORCE11 group in 2015. The principles have since received worldwide recognition as a useful framework for thinking about sharing data in a way that will enable maximum use and reuse.  A seminal article describing the FAIR principles can also be found at:  https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201618.

    This series is of interest to those who work with creating, managing, connecting and publishing research data at institutions:
    - researchers and research teams who need to ensure their data is reusable and publishable
    - data managers and researchers
    - Librarians, data managers and repository managers
    - IT who need to connect Institutional research data, HR and other IT systems

  • "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.

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)