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The MIT Libraries run various workshops to help you gain new skills in research data management, including:

  • Data Management: 101
    Do you manage research data here at MIT? This workshop provides you with basic strategies to manage research data. Topics include: best practices for retention and archiving, effective directory structures and naming conventions, good file formats for long-term access, data security and backup options, and metadata, tagging, and citation options. Slides from the latest Data Management 101 (pdf).
  • Data Management: Data Management Planning and the DMPTool
    Are you required to submit a data management plan (DMP) to a funder? Are you looking to create a data management plan and aren’t sure where to start or what to include? This session will run through the components of a good data management plan and introduce the DMPTool, an online (and MIT-customized) tool for crafting funder-specific data management plans. Slides from the latest Data Management Plans and DMPTool (pdf).
  • Data Management: File Organization
    Do you struggle with organizing your research data? This workshop teaches practical techniques for organizing your data files. Topics include: file and folder organizational structures and file naming. Slides from the latest Data Management File Organizations (pdf) plus File Organization Exercise (rtf).
  • Data Management: Strategies for Data Sharing and Storage
    Not sure how to publish and share your data? Unclear on the best formats and information to include for optimal data reuse? This workshop will review existing options for long-term storage and strategies for sharing data with other researchers. Topics will include: data publication and citation, persistent identifiers, versioning, data formats and metadata for reuse, repositories, cost models and management strategies. Slides from the latest Strategies for Data Sharing and Storage Slides (pdf) plus Additional Resources (pdf).
  • Data Management: Version Control
    Are you or your research group having trouble tracking versions of your datasets? This workshop covers techniques and software to help you manage your versions. Slides from latest RDM: Version Control workshop (pdf) plus version control handout (pdf).
  • Data management for postdocs and research scientists
    Are you creating or managing research data? This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of data management topics, including file organization and naming, data security and backups, tools for collaborating with others in the lab, and data publishing, storage and sharing. We’ll also cover journal publisher requirements and writing the data management plans that are required by most funders, as well as data management issues related to closing out projects and moving between institutions. Slides from the latest data management for postdocs and research scientists workshop.
  • Managing Your Research Code
    Do you write software in the course of your research? Have you been required by funders or publishers to share your code, or do you want to make it accessible to others to use? Documenting, sharing and archiving your research software can make your research more transparent and reproducible, and can help you get credit for your work. This workshop will go over reasons to share your software, and will cover some best practices and considerations that will help you document your software and make it citable. We’ll also go over options for archiving and publishing research software, including software papers and managing software with associated data sets, and some best practices for citing and documenting all of the software that you use. Slides from the latest Managing Your Research Code workshop (pdf).

See a schedule of upcoming workshops.