Developing a Research Data Management Curriculum and Course

Developing a Research Data Management Curriculum and Course

Project Overview

From August 2010 through December 2011, the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute collaborated to develop an instructional framework for an online research data management course with instructional modules on preserving, managing, and sharing digital data. When implemented, these modules can be delivered to students in science courses at each institution, ranging from first-year science and engineering students, to graduate-level medical, nursing, and biomedical students.

In 2012, the The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School partnered with librarians from the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Northeastern University, Tufts University, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst to build upon these frameworks and author the content necessary for a research data management course to teach essential research data management skills to science and medical researchers. Project deliverables include the content for an online textbook, an instructor resource guide, student workbook, and lecture slides.

Principal Investigators

Elaine Martin, D.A., MSLS, Director of Library Services, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Steering Committee

Members of the Steering Committee include Elaine Martin, PI, Project Coordinator Andrew Creamer, Content Committee Chair Mary Piorun, Advisory Committee and Content Committee Member Donna Kafel, Evaluation Consultant Nancy LaPelle, Communications Coordinator Carol Connare and the website designer Robert Vander Hart.

Content Committee Members