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Co-circular RDM: A pilot service for graduate students at the University of Toronto

Presenter 1
Andrew Nicholson
University of Toronto
Presenter 2
Leslie Barnes
University of Toronto
Presenter 3
Dylanne Dearborn
University of Toronto

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) designed a co-curricular Research Data Management (RDM) workshop aimed at introducing graduate students to RDM principles and best practices. This poster will outline our method of developing the workshop and will detail the preliminary results gathered through student feedback. Findings presented will include the domains and divisions expressing interest in such a workshop and what RDM facets or areas of support have increased demand for RDM services at the University of Toronto. Envisioned as part of a larger initiative to supplement gaps in graduate professional skills training and resources, this workshop is an experiment in linking instruction and RDM service development in a large, distributed research university. Key areas covered include a research data overview and best practice pointers for collecting, describing, storing and sharing research data, with an emphasis on creating sound data management plans. Graduate students also learn about emerging research data policies in Canada, as well as RDM requirements implemented by other funding agencies and publishers. This workshop is being offered through the University of Toronto’s Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) program, which provides graduate students with training in areas such as teaching and advanced research for co-curricular credit on their transcript.

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