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PhD training

Research Data Management

An Introduction

Since a great deal is invested in obtaining valuable research data, good data management is important. But what does that involve? How do you ensure that your data remain accessible and usable in the future, for yourself and others? This introductory workshop will help you get started.

Schedule 2 sessions of 2 hours
Course dates see upcoming course
No. of participants max 12
Workload 0.5 ECTS

Course description


The workshop centers around the data management plan (DMP): a digital document in which you describe what data you are going to collect during your research project, how you will store and manage the data during the project, and what will happen to the data after the project has finished.

Planning for data management reduces the chances of having to face nasty surprises later in your research. It will save you time, work and money. Moreover, a growing number of research funders make a (succinct) DMP mandatory.

Class themes

After attending the workshop, you will

  • understand what research data are and what management of research data involves,
  • have successfully completed a DMP for your research project, and
  • know who to ask for help with any data management issues.


At the end of the first meeting you will be asked to complete a DMP for your current research project. A template will be provided. In the second meeting, we’ll discuss your DMPs and any issues you may have come across.


The workshop will be given by Mariëtte van Selm. She is a historian by trade, holds a PhD in Theology and coordinates the University Library’s Research Data Management (RDM) support.

RDM support at the UvA