Joint meeting: IG Education and Training on handling of research data, WG RDA/CODATA Summer Schools in Data Science and Cloud Computing in the Developing World

Date & time: Tuesday 1st March - 14:30 - 16:00 - Working Meeting Session 2 - Conference Room 2
Meeting title: International Coordination of Research Data Education and Training Requirements

There is a recognized need to develop, coordinate and standardize the content of education and training in relation to research data. Consequently, a number of initiatives are developing approaches to determine the content requirements for courses designed to address the need for a variety of data related skills in research. These initiatives include the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer Schools WG, the RDA IG on Education and Training on Handling of Research Data and the EC-funded EDISON Project.
The CODATA-RDA WG has developed a curriculum for ‘research data science’ short courses that incorporate the approaches and materials from other initiatives (including Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, the Digital Curation Centre and materials relating to RDA and CODATA outputs). The content includes the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large-scale analysis, statistics, visualisation and modelling techniques, software development and data annotation. The WG defines ‘Research Data Science’ as the ensemble of these skills. The first introductory Summer School will take place in August 2016 at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. Considerable funding for student travel, accommodation and board has already been obtained. Opportunities are available for partners to host schools in 2017.
The RDA IG on Education and Training is compiling profiles on ‘data handling’ competences for librarians, researchers, infrastructure managers and research administrators. This involves identifying data-related skills and competences that are deemed essential or desirable for researchers, librarians, infrastructure managers and research administrators. In January 2016, the IG is running a workshop in Oxford to coordinate its activity on education and training. This meeting will specifically be used to advance the work to compile profiles for discussion in Tokyo.
The EDISON project approach is founded on specific formal approaches to curriculum development and delivery, including the development of a Competence Framework, a Model Curriculum and a Body of Knowledge all based on comprehensive research into existing offerings in this area together with market analysis. The EDISON project is supporting an IDCC workshop that brings together these groups and others to help coordinate curriculum development. 
The EC-funded DigCurv project, building on previous work by the digital preservation and curation communities, developed an approach to defining training requirements through ‘lenses’ on skills and competences for different staff groups (practitioners, middle managers and senior administrators). This methodology and the emphasis on curriculum frameworks will inform the coordination activities.

  1. RDA Interest Group on Education and Training on the Handling of Research Data
  2. ETHRD IG Wiki on Handling of Research Data CODATA-RDA Working Group on Data Science Short Courses / Summer Schools and
  3. Registration page for the first introductory summer school in August 2016 
  4. EDISON Project 
  5. DigCurv Project Curriculum Framework and Lenses 

The objectives of this meeting are:
  1. to introduce the approach of the IG on Education and Training on Handling of Research Data and to present the work on competence profiles and curriculum development for consideration and discussion;
  2. to present the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Short Courses, to discuss the approach and build interest in the Eastern hemisphere and to extend opportunities for hosting courses in 2017;
  3. to present and discuss initiatives from countries in the region on advanced courses in data education and training and to build opportunities for collaboration.

  1. Welcome and introductions around the room (15 mins, all). Please say who you are, what your job role and institution is, and briefly what your interest is in the topic of the session.
  2. RDA IG Education and Training on Handling of Research Data - overview description (5 mins, Laura Molloy)
  3. RDA WG Research Data Science Summer Schools - introduction and curriculum (10 mins introduction/10 mins curriculum, Simon Hodson/Andrew Harrison)
  4. Discussion: round the room – curriculum development activities - what are you doing and what are you planning to do? (20 mins, all)
  5. Example curriculum framework tool: DigCurV (15 mins, Laura Molloy)
  6. Exercise: map the data skills for your professional role to the DigCurV 'practitioner' lens
  7. Wrap up (10 mins)
    1. Join IG and / or WG
    2. Flag IG session and WG session (Thu, 11am)
    3. School Beijing July - application deadline 15 April 2016 (for LMICs)
    4. Summer school, Italy, August 2016 - application deadline 18 April 2016
    5. SciDataCon – deadline session proposals open just now, close 7 March 2016; paper proposals open next week.
  8. Any other business.

The work of these groups is of interest to most RDA stakeholders and to all those involved in developing education and training directed at various roles involved in the research data lifecycle (including research support role and researchers themselves).
Groups jointly meeting
IG Education and Training on handling of research data
WG RDA/CODATA Summer Schools in Data Science and Cloud Computing in the Developing World
Contact person 
Laura Molloy