When planning a research project, whether this involves carrying out interviews for a first dissertation project or analysing secondary data for a PhD, it is important to ensure that you are handling your research data safely and effectively. Taking time to think about where and how you will store and organise your files, how your data can be backed up to protect against accidentally losing your work, and what to consider if working with sensitive information, will help make the research process simpler and help you become a better researcher.
The Research Data Service provide a range of training materials to help both new and experienced researchers to work with their research data more effectively. For students planning a dissertation project we have developed the online Data Mindfulness: Making the most of your dissertation data course (available as part of the Library’s LibSmart II course). This short introductory course is designed to be accessible and engaging, and incorporates videos, quizzes and reading materials to provide helpful tips and guidance for those preparing to undertake their first dissertation project.
We are happy to share some of the positive feedback we have received from students who recently completed the Data Mindfulness course:
“It was clear and easily accessible, especially for someone who is an online student”
“A lot of information that I had no idea about but feel better having received it”
“It provides useful tips about organizing and storing data and files”
“Every SSPS student should be aware that they have access to this course before starting their dissertation”
For post-graduate students and those with previous experience working with research data we recommend checking out MANTRA, our well-established online training course which provides more in-depth training on key research data management topics.
Dr Bob Sanders
L&UC Research Data Support