OTGA Training Course: Research Data Management – 21-25 Oct 19, Belgium – DL 17 Aug 19

OTGA Training Course: Research Data Management
Research Data Management (RDM) covers the planning, creating, storing, organizing, accessing, sharing, describing, publishing and curating of data. RDM is mandated by many funding agencies and increasingly by governments to provide access to funded research results.The management of data, particularly large-scale data, has many challenges, and the roles of researchers, facilities that manage marine data, repositories and libraries are coming together to provide access, preservation and archive of this data and the scholarly products associated with it.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of maintaining integrity (accuracy and completeness) of data.
  • Develop skills in writing and implementing a (Research) Data Management Plan, including those associated with Funding agency requirements and mandates.
  • Gain knowledge of the terminology of Open Access and Open Data as it applies to Research Data Management.
  • Advance knowledge in the current landscape of Research Data Management, and internationally organized efforts to develop standards and tools in this field.
  • Recognize the importance of good research data management practice.
  • Knowledge of the data publishing and citation process.
  • Access to European marine data repositories.
  • Awareness of main European based marine research projects (e.g. EMODNET, SeaDataCloud, etc.)

Course Topics

  • Overview of Research Data
  • Open Data
  • Research Data and publication lifecycles
  • Data organization and standards
  • Data Management Plan
  • Organizing Research Data
  • Making Data available
  • Accessing Research Data
  • Overview of European Marine Projects
  • End user point of view of the use of metadata for data integration

Target Audience

  • marine researchers
  • postgraduate students (MSc and PhD students);
  • repository managers (data and/or documents);
  • marine data librarians;

NOTE: Priority will be given to participants originating from Europe and North African countries. UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.



  • Greg Reed
  • other to be announced

Course Pre-requisites

  • Interest or new responsibilities in working with marine data and/or information
  • Need to bring own laptop
  • Working knowledge of English.

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all successful students (90% attendance to the classroom course mandatory).

The UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE is certified as a Learning Services Provider (ISO 29990:2010).

The OceanTeacher Global Academy is a Project of IOC/IODE supported by the Flanders-UNESCO Trust Fund (FUST) of the Government of Flanders, Belgium.

NotesCoure Duration: 5 working days (~ 30 hours’ classroom sessions plus eventual pre course online assignment)

Period for Applications: 5 July – 17 August 2019

Application process:

Please fill in the online application form on https://otga.wufoo.com/forms/wu05w01031xs7v/ or https://bit.ly/2XubLjP

No tuition fee applies. A limited number of fellowships is available.



OTGA Secretariat: ioc.training@unesco.org

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