Official Launch: NIH BD2K Biomedical Research Data Management MOOC

You are encouraged to explore this new course and how it could work for different populations. It provides a professional development opportunity in the burgeoning area of research data management. The course content can be of value to those without biomedical backgrounds. While there recently have been a few courses developed directly for librarians to learn RDM, it is important to stress the flexibility this type of course offers, and the adaptability the modular format processes.

Also, the nine-module, self-paced course is appropriate for a broad audience which should appeal to many of the research communities as they increasingly need support in this area.

Further details below:

Questions may be directed to: Julie Goldman (

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Why is this course relevant?

Biomedical research today is not only rigorous, innovative and insightful, it also has to be organized and reproducible. With more capacity to create and store data, there is the challenge of making data discoverable, understandable, and reusable. Many funding agencies and journal publishers are requiring publication of relevant data to promote open science and reproducibility of research. In order to meet to these requirements and evolving trends, researchers and information professionals will need the data management and curation knowledge and skills to support the access, reuse and preservation of data. This course is designed to address present and future data management needs.

What will you learn from this course?

Each of the MOOC’s nine modules are dedicated to a specific component of data management best practices, including: types of data, benefits of data sharing, research data life cycle, data documentation, ensuring data privacy, legal and ethical concerns, data sharing and reuse policies, data preservation, and the collaborating roles of key stakeholders in the biomedical research enterprise. Complete Course Learning Objectives

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at a broad audience including librarians, biomedical researchers, undergraduate and graduate biomedical students, and all other interested individuals. The course is open to all, self-paced, and students may participate in the entire course, or focus on specific module topics of interest. You are encouraged to explore the module topics and tailor your learning experience for your own professional needs.

Who is teaching this course?

Elaine Martin and Julie Goldman of Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School are the Lead Instructors and developers of the course. However, you will find lectures from 18 different presenters from across New England from a variety of public and private institutions including MIT, WPI, UMASS, Northeastern, and others! Complete Instructor Profiles

How is the course set up?

This course presents approximately 20 hours of content. Each module contains video lectures, presentation slides, readings & resources, research teaching cases, interactive activities, discussion questions and concept quizzes.

Find out additional information and how to enroll on the Course Listing:

Read a recent blog posting from the Future of Research

Read the Canvas Blog post from Project PI Elaine Martin\

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