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Basics of Research Data Management 1 ECTS

University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Library provides this course for UEF doctoral students as a part of UEF Doctoral School studies.

This course introduces the basics of research data management and data management plan. The learning material is divided into chapters that, from the perspective of data management, deal with

  • legislation and ethical principles (e.g., contracts, copyright and access rights related to research data, personal data in data management)
  • storing and processing of research data during the research (e.g., University of Eastern Finland IT services and other storage solutions and services for data management available to the researcher, data security)
  • documentation and metadata
  • possibilities and obligations related to sharing and opening research data 
  • preserving and disposing of research data after the research
  • writing a data management plan (DMP) with the DMPTuuli-tool. 

Learning objectives

After completing the course, the students are able to

  • explain and demonstrate what good research data management is and why it is important
  • identify good and responsible data management practices and apply them to their own research data
  • apply to their own research data the guidelines of their own organisation and other guidelines that are central to their own research data
  • write a data management plan (DMP) as part of a research plan and update it.

How to use this learning material

This learning material has been produced in English and in Finnish. You can change the language at the upper navigation panel (English/Suomi). The links open in a new tab.

Themes of research data management in the context of open science are covered in the Basics of Open and Responsible Science: Open Access Publishing and Research Data online course (8022040, 2 ECTS). Consider taking this course as well.

NB: This course partly equals the research data module that was part of 8022020 Research Information Retrieval and Management course (2 ECTS, 2017 – 2021).

1. Basics of Research Data Management course (8022050-3002) learning material

  • Register yourself to the course in Peppi.
  • Follow the instructions Moodle (UEF eLearn).
  • Complete the assignments, including writing a data management in Moodle.
The cover picture of Basics of Research Data Management course in Moodle.

2. Self-directed study (without study credits)

You can go through the learning material, check out the links for further reading and make notes. There are tips and questions along the way that are good to consider from your own point of view.

If you have not yet written a data management plan, you might write one with the help of this study material. If you already have a data management plan, you can update it while going through the material. Don’t forget the useful DMPTuuli-tool for writing a DMP!

Creators and license of the study material

This work, which was originally created by Kaisa Hartikainen and Anne Karhapää (2020) (University of Eastern Finland), is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The work was updated by

  • Helena Jäntti, Taisa Sallinen, Manna Satama, Niina Nurmi, 2022, University of Eastern Finland
  • Minna Rahnasto-Rilla and Manna Satama, 2023, University of Eastern Finland
  • Minna Rahnasto-Rilla, Manna Satama and Teemu Järvinen, 2024, University of Eastern Finland

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