Mantra Research Data Management Training
There are eight online units in this course and one set of offline (downloadable) data handling tutorials that will help you:
Understand the nature of research data in a variety of disciplinary settings
Create a data management plan and apply it from the start to the finish of your research project
Name, organise, and version your data files effectively
Gain familiarity with different kinds of data formats and know how and when to transform your data
Document your data well for yourself and others, learn about metadata standards and cite data properly
Know how to store and transport your data safely and securely (backup and encryption)
Understand legal and ethical requirements for managing data about human subjects; manage intellectual property rights
Understand the benefits of sharing, preserving and licensing data for re-use
Improve your data handling skills in one of four software environments: R, SPSS, NVivo, or ArcGIS
Each unit takes up to one hour, plus time for further reading and carrying out the data handling exercises. In the units you will find explanations, descriptions, examples, exercises, and video clips in which academics, PhD students and others talk about the challenges of managing research data. The data handling tutorials assume some experience with each software environment and provide exercises in PDF along with open datasets to download and work through using your own installed software.
Please note - Learners who require a certificate of completion may wish to enrol for our 5-week rolling Coursera MOOC instead: Research Data Management and Sharing, delivered in partnership with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Librarians and other information professionals may benefit from studying MANTRA in small discussion groups. The DIY Training Kit contains everything a facilitator needs to lead a self-study group.
MANTRA is maintained by Research Data Service staff in Information Services, University of Edinburgh. It was originally developed in collaboration with the Institute for Academic Development as part of a Jisc-funded Managing Research Data project (2010-11). The content was developed based on a needs assessment with three postgraduate training programmes at the University of Edinburgh in the fields of geosciences, social and political sciences and clinical psychology.
You are free to re-use part or all of this work. MANTRA modules and data handling exercises are available for download via Zenodo (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1035218). They were created using open source software Xerte Online Toolkits and can be imported and edited into Virtual Learning Environments such as Moodle. Video interviews with University of Edinburgh researchers and selected videos are available via the Data Library YouTube channel. Please see the Acknowledgements page for conditions of the open licence.
The current content represents the fifth release of MANTRA (October, 2017). News items about Mantra appear on the Edinburgh Research Data blog.
Glossy MANTRA leaflets (A5 size) are available for distribution; printed copies may be available on request to the Research Data Service.
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0