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Research Services provides regular training on research data management

Have you ever pondered where should you store your research data? Or how should you handle personal or confidential data? Does publishing a dataset cause you a headache? Twice a year, the research services of Aalto University organize a set of trainings, which lead the participants into the wonderful world of data management.
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“The open science requirements of research funders and publishers are constantly increasing. To fulfill these requirements, every researcher should have at least a basic knowledge of research data management. Attending these short 45 minutes lectures, you can learn all the necessary basics of research data management”, encourages Mikhail Kuklin, who is responsible for coordinating the research data management training at Aalto University. Kuklin has worked at Aalto University as a full-time data advisor for about a year now. 

The training organized by the research services in the spring 2020 handled research data management from different practical aspects. A total of approximately 90 people interested in data management took part in the training. The session related to storing research data attracted the biggest audience. 

“We try to organize the training logically so that the researcher can choose which lectures to attend and which to skip if he or she already knows enough about some topic”, Kuklin describes.

Due to the corona situation, all events were held online. According to Kuklin, online format worked very well, because even in the normal situation, the researchers might be hesitant to come to a live lecture. However, the interaction in online training remained limited, and according to Kuklin, this is one of the aspects that should be developed in the future.

“In addition, the training remained on a bit general level, because the workshops for schools unfortunately had to be canceled”, Kuklin says. School-specific training are to be organized in the future and the content will be further developed according to needs and requests. 

More training in the autumn

The next set of research data management trainings will be held in the autumn of 2020. Registration will happen in Workday and information on training will also be available on the Research Data Management websites of Aalto University

Suggestions on training topics and other data related questions can be sent to [email protected].

Spring training materials are available at

https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/rdm-training

Learn more about research data management

https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/research-data-management-rdm-and-open-science

Further information
Mikhail Kuklin, data advisor
Aalto-yliopisto
[email protected]
+358505127685

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