As research data and technology become more prevalent, so does the need for people who can analyze it. Thanks to a new three-year, $250,000 grant, University Libraries and Learning Sciences will be able to work towards improving the quality, discovery and use of research data management training materials in multiple areas.

“Researchers routinely state that they and their students need more training in effective methods for managing large complex data collections and their associated documentation, especially training that is targeted to their research domains,” said Karl Benedict, associate professor and director of research data services for the libraries. “This project will meet that need.”

The grant is being funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Benedict says the grant will enable the libraries to add key enhancements to the collaboratively developed registry of research data management training resources – the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), which incubated and hosts the Data Management Training Clearinghouse egistry.

Enhancements to the registry will include allowing learners and instructors to provide feedback to materials that can lead to increasingly useful and effective training methods. Additionally, the grant will provide means to improve descriptive information, so researchers and students can more easily discover and explore a broad range of research disciplines within the system.

Beginning this summer, UNM, in collaboration with Knowledge Motifs LLC and ESIP, will kick off the project by bringing together experts in research data management and training, developers of training materials, and data librarians. Together, the group will work to identify several objectives for the program’s future.

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