Are you RDM Ready? From zeroes to heroes

Question 7

Question 7 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As part of the wrapping-up of the supportDM course (we’d already had a session with our librarians asking them what was good, bad and missing) we now asked them one last question: “Are you RDM ready?” Well, sort of a last question…

Within that question itself were 29 others which asked people to rate their own knowledge (0=None and 5=expert) BEFORE and AFTER their completion of the supportDM course.  They would then total up the amount at the bottom.  The questionnaire was the “RU RDM ReadY” self-evaluation form created by the RDMRose project and adapted by us.

This was an excellent evaluation for the supportDM course for several reasons: (and thanks to RDMRose for allowing us to use it)

  1. It was short enough for our delegates to take time to complete
  2. It gave us an understanding of what they had learnt (and not learnt) which identified parts of the course we should improve upon for the future
  3. It compelled our delegates to think about what they didn’t know before the course – to conclude that maybe they’d learnt something and therefore instilled confidence in themselves.

The average score our librarians achieved after the course out of a possible total of 145 was 75.35 which is roughly, well, average but not if you count how much they scored themselves before the course –  an average of only 21.65 . So from knowing very little to knowing rather a lot – zeroes to heroes?

Let’s go into more detail of our librarians’ knowledge after taking part in the supportDM course.

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It’s a Wrap! Review and Feedback from our SupportDM Course

Receiving his supportDM certificate

Receiving his supportDM certificate


Receiving her supportDM certificate from Sarah jones (DCC)

Receiving her supportDM certificate from Sarah jones (DCC)

The supportDM course at UEL is now complete and it’s time for us to assess how well it’s gone and to ask out librarians for their views (and to present their graduation certificates).

With a free lunch on offer (in order to entice our busy librarians away) and with the help of Sarah Jones from the DCC we sat down to ask some serious questions of the course. However, what made our task more difficult was the lapse in time since last meeting and also the large gaps in between meetings for the modules. As a reminder therefore Stephen provided a quick overview of the course modules, the tasks that had been carried out in the meetings as well as the homework that was set.

Graduates of SupportDM receiving their certificates.

Graduates of SupportDM receiving their certificates.

We then asked the following questions about the supportDM Course:

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Psychology Research Data Management: The Results

On 7 June the TraD team carried out a feedback session on the training we’ve carried out for the professional doctorate students in educational psychology. The training consisted of introductory presentations and offering the MANTRA course material via the newly launched Moodle virtual learning environment at UEL. We wanted to find out their views on how well it went but also on the future design of the course: we’re building for the long term.

Valley Life Sciences Building, University of California, Berkeley, CA Image by Adam Fagan

Valley Life Sciences Building, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Image by Adam Fagan

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RDM challenges and opportunities for libraries

Last Thursday we took part in this “challenges and opportunities” event at CILIP organised by LIRG, the Library and Information Research Group. Delegates heard from TraD and RDMRose of the training material the two JISC-funded projects have created (in our case supportDM), and engaged in some activities using the projects’ materials including

  • self-assessment checklist RURDMReady from RDMRose
  • template for researcher interviews from supportDM

There was also lively discussion about roles for librarians in supporting research data management. We were meeting just before the final session of the supportDM course (more on this soon), so couldn’t feed back to the participants what the experience of academic liaison librarians at UEL. It was a worthwhile event, and good to share the experience of the two projects.