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

Coming course for VT2024 is 2xweekly from 10 April to 22 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 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 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

This year we changed to course from 2 ECTS to a 5 ECTS course. This year the course is given as freestanding course. With the course certificate you can register the course in LADOK. The course consists of lectures, and (in-class) assignments. 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 2024.  About 11 half day sessions and several homework tasks:

Wednesday 10 April, 13-15; Room Atmosfären: Course welcome and introduction. 

Friday 12 April, 10-12; Room Atmosfären. Data Lifecycle, Metadata. Bring your own laptop if possible

Wednesday 17 April 13-15; Room Atmosfären: organise your data, Open Science

Friday 19 April, 10-12; Room Hydrosfären: FAIR data

Wednesday 24 April 13-15; Room Lundmarksalen Astronomihuset: not decided. Time used for home assignment

Friday 26 April, 10-12; Room Atmosfären: Introduction library data services, to publish data.

Friday 3 May 10-12; Room Atmosfären: Introduction Data Management Plan.

Wednesday 8 May: 13-15; Room Biosfären: PID's, data collection exercise.

Wednesday 15 May: 13-15; Room Atmosfären: Introduction to semantics

Friday 17 May: 10-12; Room Biosfären: open, not decided. Time used for home assignment

Wednesday 22 May: 13-15; Room Atmosfären - Semantics continuation

Friday 24 May: 10-12; Room Balticum (237), Final presentations

Location Geocentre II, Sölvegaten 12 or Geocentre I, Sölvegatan 10. Entries are opposite of each other on the corner with Helgonavägen. Except 24 April: Astronomihuset, Sölvegatan 27.


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 of the previous 2 ECTS course is NNG006F. Syllabus can be found here (both Swe and Eng in pdf-format). Note, the course is now 5 ECTS, but the course content follows the given course description.