Graduate School Graubünden

11. April 2019 – 12. April 2019

Download course description 02-19 How to manage your research data (PDF).

This introductory course will offer you the keys to develop the essential knowledge, resources and skills to optimize the management of your research data and increase your chances of complying with funding agencies’ new requirements.

TRAINERSAude Dieudé (Swissuniversities), Eliane Blumer (EPFL Library)
DATES & TIMEThursday, April 11, 2019 (09:00 am to 04:00 pm) & Friday, April 12, 2019, (09:00 am to 04:00 pm)
LOCATIONSIAF, Obere Strasse 22, Davos Platz
AIMSKnowing how to manage and organize research data is becoming one of the sine qua non conditions to guarantee the quality, durability and reproducibility of your research. Moreover, many funding agencies such as the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the European Commission (for Horizon 2020 and ERC grant applications) are now requiring that a data management plan be in place in order to receive research funding. This introductory course will offer you the keys to develop the essential knowledge, resources and skills to optimize the management of your research data and increase your chances of complying with funding agencies new requirement.

The objectives of our workshop are the following:

• To acquire the fundamentals regarding research data management and discover the resources at your disposal to better manage your data,
• To be familiar with the best practices regarding research data management throughout its life-cycle,
• To grasp the benefits of these practices and better learn how to answer the new requirements from funding
• To appropriate and put into practice the tools at your disposal to optimize your research data management daily and over time,
• To know the best resources to optimize the preparation of your research data management,
• To share your experience regarding research data management with your colleagues.
COURSE OUTLINE Workshop overview:
1. What is Research Data Management (RDM) and why is it relevant for you?
2. What is a Data Management Plan (DMP) and why does it apply to you?
3. Concretely, how do you create and write a DMP?
4. What are the RDM best practices and how can they help you?
5. Which tools would be best to strengthen your RDM? In general and in your discipline?
6. Which resources are available to guide you?
7. Why does it actually matter in the end?

Methods & Tools
The workshop is split into a general introduction to data management, data management plans and helpful tools on the first day, a close look at discipline specific aspects of research data management in humanities / social sciences and natural sciences on the second day.

The participants will fill out a questionnaire before the workshop with specific questions and the trainers will adjust the workshop based on the respective knowledge and experience regarding research data management. Focusing on their personalized needs and questions, the trainers will provide input on the topic before guiding the participants into preparing and creating a data management plan based on their field of expertise.
TARGET AUDIENCEThe course is open to researchers of all stages from member institutions of Academia Raetica.
CONTACT Course Coordinator: Daniela Heinen,, phone 081 410 60 80
CREDIT POINTSThis training requires 12 hours of physical attendance taking place during the two day workshop. Please check with your su­pervisor at your university, if the course counts towards ECTS.
COURSE CERTIFICATEYou will receive a certificate of attendance, if you attend the entire course.
REGISTRATIONOnline registration opens on January 24, 2019 at 08.00 am. Sign up here. Deadline for registration: April 1, 2019. You will receive a confirmation of your registration within a few days after your registration.
CANCELLATION POLICYWe ex­pect you to be pre­sent for the full du­ra­ti­on of the cour­se. Please see our Terms of Participation for details. (Terms in German)
COSTThe course fee is CHF 150 for the entire course. The amount is payable ten days prior to the course. You will receive an invoice and our bank details in due time.

About the Trainers
Aude Dieudé is the Portfolio Manager of the national scientific information program at swissuniversities and has specialized in Research Data Management (RDM) since 2014. At the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) she managed at the institutional level in close collaboration with the team the personalized support service to guide researchers in the preparation of their Data Management Plan (DMP). At the national level, she led the first track of the Swiss national project dedicated to Data Life Cycle Management (DLCM), which aims at offering RDM tailored tools, training and services. Thanks to a constructive and fruitful collaboration across Swiss institutions and organizations, this team provided sustainable resources and tangible solutions regarding DMP, guidelines and policies for Switzerland. Aude has been offering presentation, training and workshop in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland to optimize research data management. Bilingual in French and English, she received her PhD from Duke University.

Eliane Blumer is a trained information specialist and has experiences from various scientific libraries, projects and trainings around research data, such as the DLCM project. She is part of the committee of the Swiss association of information institutions – Bibliosuisse and member of LIBER Research Data Management Working Group, and gives regular courses on her own. Since 2017, she is working at EPFL Library where she coordinates the research data management team and is liaison librarian for Life Sciences. She holds a bilingual (French-German) B.Sc. in Information Science and is finishing her bilingual (English-German) M.Sc. in Information Systems.