The RDA Education and Training for Research Data Interest Group will be meeting in Oxford on the 14th and 15th January.
Background: The exponential increase in the availability of research data demands a new and evolving set of competencies and skills for researchers who create and use the data, and the growing cadre of professionals who support them. In general, the fostering of these abilities is not explicitly addressed by current training or formal education plans. Also, the place, role and career structure of support professions (data scientists, data librarians, data managers, data analysts, research administrators, infrastructure providers…) is not clear.
The objective of this IG is the discussion and promotion of training/education on handling of research data, at all levels. Concretely, it will make the case for elaborating reference models to:
(i) enable the setting of quality standards for appropriate education and training programmes aimed at researchers and the professionals that support them, at all career stages;
(ii) encourage the recognition of these standards by institutions and organisations, including professional bodies.
The first Expert Laiason Groups meeting took place on Friday 13 November in Bari, Italy. The event was organised as a co-located event with the EGI Community Forum which had been taking place during the week. Whilst some of the guests to this closed event had arrived specifically for this, a number had already participated in other activities with the EGI event. And while not all of the ELG meetings will be organised as face to face events, this one was designed to enable us to get to know the first cohort of ELG members and also to enable them to get to know us and each other.