Category: Essentials 4 Data Support

Training for Data Stewards

As discussed in our previous blog post, TU Delft embarked on an ambitious Data Stewardship programme. The programme aims to address disciplinary needs in Research Data Management by appointing a dedicated subject-specific Data Steward at each one of TU Delft’s eight Faculties. Three Faculties have already appointed their Data Stewards.

Data Stewards are subject-specific experts and therefore bring different skills and knowledge to the team. However, this also means that Stewards might have different degrees of understanding about the overall trends and expectations in the field of research data management and Open Science. Therefore, in order to ensure that all Stewards deliver consistent messages and good quality support to the research community, an intense training programme was developed.

External training

In the first instance, all Data Stewards will attend and complete the intense Essentials 4 Data Support, delivered to international communities by the Research Data Netherlands. The main goal of the course is “teaching the basic knowledge and skills (essentials) to enable a data supporter to take the first steps towards supporting researchers in storing, managing, archiving and sharing their research data”.

Internal training

In addition to external training, Data Stewards will also attend a series of two-hour in-house training sessions, delivered by local experts in data management:

  • Introduction to delivering data management workshops
  • Awareness about local support for data archiving:
    • 4TU.Centre for Research Data – why to use it and how to use it?
    • Data Funds – available for researchers to prepare data for deposit
  • Open Access services available at the Library
  • Supporting researchers with Data Management Plans
  • ICT support for data management at TU Delft
  • Selfish benefits of data sharing
  • Presentation skills

Training is scheduled to complete by end of December 2017. Data Stewards will develop and start delivering training for their local research communities from January 2018.

If you have any comments or would like to make suggestions about this training programme, please add your comment below or contact – we would be delighted to hear from you.

Essentials 4 Data Support

Today, March 23rd, we had our second face-to-face day of the Essentials 4 Data Support training. Another 13 data supporters received their certificate, and can call themselves Data Supporter. Until now we have had about 250 students. At the end of the day the students write an evaluation, and we ask them to rate the course on a scale from 1 (very bad) to 10 (excellent). Today we had a score of 4 times a 9 and even a score of 10!!

So now we have started the preparations for the next course. For this course the target group has been broadened. The face-to-face days will be in English, so students from abroad who are working in the Netherlands can take the course. Dutch students can make the assignments in Dutch, of course.

Here is the link to the website, if you want to inform somebody on the course:


Short report of iDCC 2017

February 27th we reported back of the iDCC in Keek op de Week.
It was a pity that so few colleagues were there to listen to our enthusiast talks.
Madeleine presented: software sustainability, ma-DMPs, data carpentry, data science…
Jasmin explained the beautiful poster and the paper. Ellen talked on the ‘Essentials 4 Data Support, the train-the-trainer version’ and showed some pictures of the very engaged participants.