Help with RDM

If you have a question which cannot be answered by the guidance provided on this site then you may find the resources listed below helpful. Alternatively you can email

Digital Curation Centre

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is an internationally-recognised centre of expertise in digital curation with a focus on building capability and skills for research data management. The DCC provides expert advice and practical help to researchers and organisations wanting to store, manage, protect and share digital research data.

  • The DDC's how-to guides and checklists cover a wide range of topics including:
  • Legal implications of RDM
  • Checklist for RDM planning
  • Where to store research data
  • Licensing research data
UK Data Service

The UK Data Service is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and hosts a large volume of research data collections available for public access. These include major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data and qualitative data.

  • The UK Data Service provides:
  • Access to high-quality local, regional, national and international social and economic data
  • Support for policy-relevant research in the higher education, public and commercial sectors
  • Guidance and training for the development of skills in data use
  • The development of best practice data preservation and sharing standards
  • The sharing of expertise with international data providers to remove barriers to accessing data


Curated by: Edina, University of Edinburgh
Course length: 9 hours
MANTRA is a free, online non-assessed course with guidelines to help you understand and reflect on how to manage the digital data you collect throughout your research. It has been crafted for the use of postgraduate students, early career researchers and information professionals. The course will help you:

  • Understand the nature of research data in a variety of disciplinary settings
  • Create a data management plan and apply it from the start to the finish of your research project
  • Name, organise, and version your data files effectively
  • Gain familiarity with different kinds of data formats and know how and when to transform your data
  • Document your data well for yourself and others, learn about metadata standards and cite data properly
  • Know how to store and transport your data safely and securely (backup and encryption)
  • Understand legal and ethical requirements for managing data about human subjects; manage intellectual property rights
  • Understand the benefits of sharing, preserving and licensing data for re-use
  • Improve your data handling skills in one of four software environments: R, SPSS, NVivo, or ArcGIS
Research Data Management and Sharing

Research Data Management and Sharing

Curated by: The University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; The University Of Edinburgh
Course length: 12 hours

  • This course will provide you with an introduction to research data management and sharing. After completing this course, you will understand the diversity of data and its management needs across the research data lifecycle, be able to identify the components of good data management plans, and be familiar with best practices for working with data including the organisation, documentation, and storage and security of data. You will also understand the impetus and importance of archiving and sharing data as well as how to assess the trustworthiness of repositories. You must sign up for a free Coursera account to access this course.
Data Skills

Data Skills

Curated by: UK Data Service
Course length: 5-6 hours

  • These introductory level interactive modules are designed for users who want to understand key aspects of survey, longitudinal and aggregate data.
  • Modules can be conducted in your own time and you are able to dip in and out when needed. The modules give an introduction to key aspects of the data using short instructional videos, interactive quizzes and activities.