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PhD course: How to take care of your data: Introduction to practical data management

Coming course for VT2023 is weekly from 5 April to 17 May.

This is a course about “Open Data”, Data Management Plans and the FAIR principles. It is a course about how to publish and share your data. What do those things mean for you as researcher and the data you work with? How to plan data collection & documentation? Where can you store your data safely? Why and when should your data be published and shared? Today, research funders are asking to write a Data Management Plan where you present what you do with your data on the long term. How can you make your data as FAIR as possible?

In this short introductory course, we will present the basics that you need to know around the research data life cycle, including important concepts like data curation, publication and citation, best practices for collecting and organizing data and how to write a data management plan for your project.

The course is a Science Faculty course and organized by the ICOS Carbon Portal and Science Faculty Library.

Who can apply?

The course is open to PhD students from all departments and centres of the Lund University Science Faculty and Faculty of Engineering. Number of students is limited to 20. We aim for an even distribution of participants across research disciplines. Also, in case of over-subscription, Science Faculty students have priority.

Credits & components

The course corresponds to 2 ECTS, distributed over seven scheduled moments, self-study and exercises. Several assignments are home exercises. To pass the course you are expected to participate actively in all course components and submit assignments.

The course is given on campus and material will be presented through Canvas.

If you have questions about the course, please e-mail Harry [dot] Lankreijer [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se

Time schedule for the course 2023 6 half day sessions and several homework tasks:

Wednesday 5 April, 9-12; Room Atmosfären: Course welcome and introduction. Data Life Cycle, introduction to literature exercise

Wednesday 12 April, 9-12; Room Biofären: PIDs, metadata, FAIR principles.

Wednesday 19 April 13-16; Room Atmosfären: Evaluation literature exercise. Publication of data and metadata, repositories. the roll of the library in data publication

Submission of "planning collection of data" assignment: 26 April, before 9:00

Wednesday 26 April 9-12; Room Atmosfären: Data citation, licenses, CARE-principles, introduction to Data Management Plan exercise

Wednesday 3 May 9-12; Room Atmosfären: what about other 'than digital data', provenance, linked data

Wednesday 10 May: 10-12; Zoom; ‘Ask me everything’ session.

Submission of DMP assignment: 11 May; 24:00

Wednesday 17 May: 9-12; Room Biosfären:  Presentations of DMPs, wrap up and course evaluation.

Address Geocentre II, Sölvegaten 12. Geocentre I, Sölvegatan 10. Entries are opposite of each other on the corner with Helgonavägen.


Registration for this course is through this form. The registration form contains a few questions on your experience with data. Registration is open until 31 March, but will be closed when maximum number of 20 participants is reached.

Course code is NNG006F. Syllabus can be found here (both Swe and Eng in pdf-format).