On the 30th of October, 2019, a workshop on "Getting Started with Research Data Management Support" was held at Kaunas University of Technology as a coordinating institution of the RDA National Node Lithuania. As the overall scope of the national workplan is on raising awareness on the importance of research data management, the focus of this event was on elementary skills and knowledge in RDM relevant to university managers, research support, administrative support staff and librarians.
The workshop was given by Dr Marta Teperek, Data Stewardship Coordinator at TU Delft in the Netherlands, Dr Ir Santosh Ilamparuthi, Data Steward at TU Delft and Dr Ir Shalini Kurapati, Senior Research Fellow of Open Science at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. This interactive event provided the participants with tangible solutions they could take away to get started with RDM support at their institutions. The questions on how to provide effective support for research data management, on the key elements of research data management and the existing components which can be re-used and adapted from elsewhere, to engage with researchers about research data and how to make them interested in these topics and use the tools and services developed for them.
The feedback on the event was very positive: the participants appreciated the practical tips they received, institutional cases of providing research data management support, also the interactive nature and atmosphere of the event. They were left with a homework task of finding out more in the recently published "Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook" https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/1080.
The workshop attracted more than 40 participants from 12 institutions of higher education in Lithuania: General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Mykolas Romeris University, University of Management and Economics (ISM), Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vytautas Magnus University, Vilniaus kolegija / University of Applied Sciences and Vilnius University. We hope that the forthcoming events on our workplan will receive no less attention.