Data Management and Sharing MOOC – University of Edinburgh


I’ve done a couple of MOOCs with Coursera myself, and I think it’s an excellent service.

Announcing the Coursera Data Management and Sharing MOOC – Opening March 1st

The School of Information and Library Science and the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the MANTRA team at the University of Edinburgh are pleased to announce the forthcoming Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Research Data Management and Sharing.

This is a collaboration of the UNC-CH CRADLE team (Curating Research Assets and Data Using Lifecycle Education) and MANTRA.

CRADLE has been funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop training for both researchers and library professionals. MANTRA was designed as a prime resource for postgraduate training in research data management skills and is used by learners worldwide.

The MOOC uses the Coursera on-demand format to provide short, video-based lessons and assessments across a five-week period, but learners can proceed at their own pace. Although no formal credit is assigned for the MOOC, Statements of Accomplishment will be available to any learner who completes a course for a small fee.

The Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC will launch 1st March, 2016. Subjects covered in the 5-week course follow the stages of any research project. They are:

  • Understanding Research Data
  • Data Management Planning
  • Working with Data
  • Sharing Data
  • Archiving Data

Dr. Helen Tibbo from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill delivers four of the five sets of lessons, and Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre, delivers the University of Edinburgh-developed content in Week 3, Working with Data. Quizzes and supplementary videos add to the learning experience, and assignments are peer reviewed by fellow learners, with questions and answers handled by peers and team teachers in the forum.

Staff from both organizations will monitor the learning forums and the peer-reviewed assignments to make sure learners are on the right track, and to watch for adjustments needed in course content.

The course is open to enrolment now, and will ‘go live’ on 1st March.

Hashtag: #RDMSmooc

A preview of one of the supplementary videos is now available on Youtube:

Please join us in this data adventure. -Helen


Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor President, 2010-2011 & Fellow, Society of American Archivists School of Information and Library Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill




Upcoming library and information events and workshops – from CILIPS

Dear CILIPS Member

We would like to alert you to the following 4 events. All of these are free of charge but booking is required:

Information Literacy in Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities

Information Literacy is a term common to Librarians but what does it mean to be information literate in Scotland today?   As more information and services move online, how can we ensure that there is equality of access to information across the country and reduce the gap between the information rich and information poor?  The Right Information, the Scottish Information Literacy Community of Practice and Scottish Library and Information Council, invite you to attend a symposium at the Scottish Government Offices on 13th February 2015 to examine the relevance of the term in relation to health, education,  housing, employability and welfare reform.

​The Symposium is free to attend, however places are limited. If you wish to book a place, please complete the short booking form at:

Booking will close on Friday the 30th January.

Professional Registration and Portfolio Building

Date: 20th March Time: 10am-2.30pm Room 1130, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW, Edinburgh

Booking: email

Details: There is no charge for this course

Learning outcomes: * Improved understanding of how to progress towards the relevant qualification and what you will gain by doing so * Awareness of the Regulations and assessment criteria * An understanding of what constitutes a portfolio and why CILIP requires this for submission for its qualifications * Ideas about how to construct a portfolio and the types of evidence that can be included in it * An enhanced understanding of the benefits of Continuing Professional Development * Awareness of the support networks and information available to help candidates * Confidence to progress towards gaining a CILIP qualification successfully

Mentor training session

Monday 27 April 0945-1630

G20, Longman Campus, Inverness College UHI, 3 Longman Road, Inverness, IV1 1SA

For any further information or to book, please contact Alison Turriff or Val Walker the Mentor Support Officers for Scotland.

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Mentor exchange of information session

Tuesday 28 April 1100-1230

Room1130, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW For any further information or to book, please contact Alison Turriff or Val Walker the Mentor Support Officers for Scotland.

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Sean McNamara
Policy and Digital Officer – CILIP in Scotland