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OLET2628: Research Data Management

This unit will give you an insight into the exciting world of data. More and more we are bombarded with concepts like big data, open source data, and sensitive data. Data management is what links these concepts. Much of the development in data management has come from research in the physical, biological, and social sciences, research in languages, finance, law, and medicine, and many more. In all cases it is critical to ensure that data is safe and accessible. Importantly, lessons learnt from research are also applicable to managing our own data. Therefore, this unit introduces key concepts of data management delivered through 12 interactive online modules. The modules will initially define research data and explore the various flavours of research data. Then you will discover what can go wrong when you don't manage your data and explore ways which you can best store your data. You will look at using open source data, and how to best access and share data. And finally you will look at how to manage sensitive data and explore what big data is.

Code OLET2628
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 2

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the importance of metadata and the concept of data provenance to produce traceable and reliable research data
  • LO2. distinguish between open, closed and shared data, and identify associated access/usage conditions
  • LO3. identify components of a ‘dirty’ dataset and recognise resources available to help prevent and manage dirty data
  • LO4. recognise sensitive data and associated management protocols
  • LO5. apply appropriate citation methods to ensure proper acknowledgement of research data authors and sources
  • LO6. demonstrate understanding of ‘Big data’ and the potential management issues which may arise with large and complex data
  • LO7. employ visualisation and reporting as a tool to convey complex topics to a wider audience.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.