R1.A2 The Informed Researcher: Information and Data Skills

Course description

To master information & data skills means you are an informed, literate researcher. With these skills you can locate, evaluate, organize and use the right information at the right time during your research. By organizing your work processes efficiently from the beginning you can save a lot of time and effort. Make a search plan, a data management plan, a plan for metadata and notes to discovered or self-produced data and literature. There are all kinds of tools to help you organize, but you have to do the thinking and planning yourself. Do not forget to make use of good examples and best practices!

The name and content of this course is based on:

  • Vitae (2012). The informed researcher. Cambridge: Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC)
  • Vitae (2011).  Researcher Development Framework. Cambridge: Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC).

Course objectives

In the end you will be ready to disseminate your research results. And that means impact: reaching and influencing as many people as possible.  

Group session 1

  • Introduction
  • What is impact and how do you achieve it?
  • Explore and map your own field of research

Interactive online  phase

  • How to choose and use a reference management tool
  • Planning your information search
  • Planning your data management
  • Searching for data and information, and evaluating the results

Group session 2

  • Organizing your information
  • Get ready to publish
  • Wrap-up of the workshop

Teaching method

This is a Blended Learning workshop: a mix of online and face to face education.
It starts with a face-to-face meeting of 4 hours. Then 2 weeks for online education via Brightspace (8 study hours) and finally again a face-to-face meeting of 4 hours. In the face-to-face sessions the teacher will give demonstrations and you will perform group assignments. You will be encouraged to exchange experiences and help each other. The trainer will discuss the results of the assignments with the group.
In the first face to face session some aspects of publishing and the context of the research are discussed.
In the two weeks of online education you will perform assignments relating to searching, reference management and data management. You can use your own research subject. Results will be shared with fellow participants. Questions can be asked on the online Discussion Forum.
The last face to face session will focus on organizing information and data and go revisit publishing.

Course Enrolment

Course registration of Graduate School Doctoral Education (GS DE) courses is via Brightspace.