Training in Data Management
The program Fostering Integrity in Research, Scholarship, and Teaching (FIRST) at the University of Minnesota includes an online workshop in research data management. New faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students who are acting as principal investigators or otherwise have responsibility for the management of data are required to take the workshop, which takes about an hour to complete.
The workshop is organized around four online case studies in the following areas: ensuring data reliability, controlling access to data, maintaining data integrity, and following retention guidelines. The case study on data retention, for example, is the following:
Each case study is followed by a series of questions to answer and links to additional information. Pages that provide answers to frequently asked questions and an opportunity to send additional questions to experts in the responsible conduct of research provide additional resources.
For more information, see http://www.research.umn.edu/datamgtq1/index.htm.