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Research Data MANTRA: A Labour of Love

  • Robin Rice (University of Edinburgh)


Research Data MANTRA (or Management Training) is a labour of love. It has been an integral part of the University of Edinburgh's Research Data Management (RDM) programme since 2012. The staff at EDINA and Data Library at the University of Edinburgh has been curating this resource, based on internal and external feedback and has just published its fourth release since 2011. MANTRA is an open, web-based training course intended for self-paced learning by PhD students and early career researchers or others who manage digital data as part of a research project. It informs about good practice in research data management with real life stories. MANTRA’s approach is to be fun, relevant, useful, interactive and timely (FRUIT!). Librarians’ training needs are catered for through a companion resource, the DIY RDM Training Kit for Librarians.

Keywords: research data management, training, professional development, open educational resource, data skills

How to Cite:

Rice, R., (2014) “Research Data MANTRA: A Labour of Love”, Journal of eScience Librarianship 3(1): 4. doi:

Rights: Copyright © 2014 The Author(s).

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  • The HTML and PDF versions of this article were corrected on December 5, 2017 to change the Creative Commons license from CC BY-NC-SA to CC BY at the author's request.

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Published on
19 Dec 2014