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DATUM for Health: Research data management training for health studies

Posted Oct 05 2010 11:16am
We are delighted to announce this new project being conducted at Northumbria University
'DATUM for health’ is a collaborative project which seeks to promote research data management skills of postgraduate research students in the health studies discipline through a specially-developed training programme which focuses on qualitative, unstructured research data.

It is being led by the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences at Northumbria University in partnership with colleagues from the School of Health, Community and Education Studies and The Graduate School. External partners are the Digital Curation Centre () and the Digital Preservation Coalition (
Starting on 1st October it will run to 31st July 2011.

The project is funded by JISC under their Managing Research Data (JISCMRD) Programme. ‘Datum for Health’ is one of 5 projects under the Research data management training materials strand of the Programme.

DATUM for Health aims to
  • design and pilot a training programme on research data management for postgraduate research students in health studies as an integral part of a doctoral training programme;
  • evaluate the usefulness and effectiveness of the training with participants and other research stakeholders;
  • provide other Higher Education Institutions with a model for research data management skills training;
  • make recommendations for sustainable research data management training and associated infrastructure requirements.
The Project Lead is Professor Julie McLeod, School of Computing, Engineering & Information Sciences (CEIS) at Northumbria University. Other Project Team Members at the University are Professor Charlotte Clarke from the School of Health, Community and Education Studies;
Professor John Dean, from The Graduate School, and Sue Childs and Elizabeth Lomas from CEIS. The external Team members are Kevin Ashley, Director of the Digital Curation Centre and William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition.

A Project website has been set up at

As outputs are produced they will be made freely here under a Creative Commons License. The Project News page has an RSS feed if you want to track our activities.

For further information contact me or use our Project email eb.datum at northumbria.ac.uk

Julie McLeod (Prof.)
Programme Leader MSc Records Management (Distance Learning)
School of Computing, Engineering & Information Sciences
Northumbria University
Room 2.45 Pandon Building Camden Street
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1XE
Julie.mcleod at northumbria.ac.uk

Twitter: Northumbria_RM

My source:
RECORDS-MANAGEMENT-UK at JISCMAIL.AC.UK

Related post:
http://hodges-model.blogspot.com/2010/09/keeping-research-data-safe-krds-project.html 
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