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Data Management

LACDR adheres to strict data management rules, with the aim to make our data findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable. For this reason all LACDR PhD candidates are required to prepare a data management plan and to implement data management rules accordingly. All PhD candidates follow a data management course in the first year.


Course program

The data management course is will give you 0.5 EC points (14 hours) in total. You will be invited for this course by the LACDR PhD program office. The course consists of 4 parts:


1.       Online training modules “Data Management Mantra”

In preparation for the workshop data management we ask you to study the following modules from the online data management course Mantra (designed by the University of Edinburgh  http://datalib.edina.ac.uk/mantra/):

Research data explained:  http://datalib.edina.ac.uk/mantra/researchdataexplained/

- Data management plans:  http://datalib.edina.ac.uk/mantra/datamanagementplans/

Each module takes up to one hour approximately. Please note that legal and funding issues apply to the UK situation.


2.    Workshop Data Management

Introduction in data management presented by Leiden University Librarians and a LACDR data management trainer. 

The following subjects will be discussed:

  • Policy issues for LACDR, Faculty of Science, University and funding organizations
  • Data management issues in science
  • Research data life cycle considerations: steps from collecting data to publication
  • Relevant standards
  • Ethics & legal compliance


3.     Writing of Data Management plan

Whitin 2 months after attending the workshop you are required to write your own data management plan. The template for the data management plan can be downloaded from the bottom of this webpage.


4.       Presentation of Data Management plan

During this meeting you will present your data management plan to your colleagues, the librarians and the LACDR data management trainer. They will provide you with feedback. You are encouraged to pay special attention to your considerations, your challenges, the implementation and expected obstacles.


Implementation & Dissertation

As a PhD candidate you are required to implement data management as proposed in your data management plan. The implementation will be discussed in the meetings with the PAC i.e. the progress evaluation meeting (two years) and finalization meeting (three years).

At the end of your PhD research you must be prepared to give the PhD Committee and the Dean/ Graduate School access to the data underlying the results in your disserartion.

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