Good research data management is a bit like flossing your teeth – we all know it’s a good habit to get into, or we risk pain and gaps further down the line, but when we’re short of time it’s easy to let it slip.

In a bid to make life easier for PhDs and early career research scientists, the team at the Institute for Environmental Analytics has developed a course that will help you turn over a new leaf and get into good data management habits. Data Tree is a free, self-paced online course that covers all you need to know about research data management. From what funders and publishers want to see to how to write a top-notch research data management plan, it’s all there in easy-to-digest modules.

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On top of that there are also modules on engaging with the media, government and business, so once you’ve got great data, you can make sure it has impact. The course is designed for any scientist, whether you look after your own data or are guided by an organisation.

The course is endorsed by the Research Data team at Leeds and will complement our Library based workshops.

Start your new data management habit at a FREE Data Tree workshop!

The course launches this summer and there’s an opportunity to kickstart your new data management habit with a free workshop that introduces the course. It’s taking place on 18th July here at the University of Leeds and it takes the theme of research data management and communicating with business. Course module designers journalist Sally Stevens and Climate Services Development Manager Briony Turner will be on hand to give expert tips.

You can sign up here. There’ll be fun, food and prizes – you can even get involved in the #datamugshot competition and share the interesting and unusual places where you collect data. Check out @_datatree on twitter and the #datamugshot hashtag to see entries so far!

Getting into good research data management habits can save a lot of time and pain as your research develops – just like flossing your teeth, it can keep the smile on your face! So make a start now and head along to the Data Tree workshop on 18th July.

For a great student perspective on why RDM matters, check out this blog post from PhD student Annemarie Eckes.