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Provided by your Department

It is likely your department will have specific research methods training related to your discipline so check their website regularly and liaise with the graduate administrator.

Provided by Strategic Initiatives/Networks in the University 

If you have signed up to one of the strategic initiatives or networks, they will most likely provide some one-off workshops that will be very different to those offered elsewhere in the University so keep an eye on your emails.

Provided by the University of Cambridge

Speed Reading
Effective management of information (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences)
Reference Manager (Bibliographic Software) (Tutorial & Documentation)
EndNote: Customising Output Formats (Styles) (Self-paced)
EndNote: Introduction to a Reference Management Program (Self-paced)
Endnote: Train The Trainer
Mendeley: Introduction to a Reference Management Program (Self-paced
Reference Manager (Bibliographic Software) (Tutorial & Documentation)
Selecting a Reference Management Package - What's Available?
Zotero: Introduction to a Reference Management Program (Self-paced)
GIT: Revision Control with "Git" 
High Performance Computing: Programming GPU using Open ACC
Mobile App Building and Augmented Reality: An Introduction 
MySQL: Implementing a Relational Database Design
Oracle Academy: Database Design and SQL (Online) chargedSelf-taught Bookable
Oracle Academy: Database Programming with PL/SQL (Online) chargedSelf-taught Bookable
Oracle Academy: Java Fundamentals and Java Programming (Online) chargedSelf-taught Bookable
PHP: From Basics to Data Collection through a Webform
Programming Concepts: Introduction for Absolute Beginners
Programming: Modern Fortran (Workshop) 
Python 3: Advanced Topics (Self-paced)
Python 3: Introduction for Absolute Beginners
Python 3: Introduction for Those with Programming Experience


External to Cambridge


DMPonline - online tool for easy creation of data management plans

DMPonline is provided by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC). DMPonline is pre-populated with various funder templates. You can simply choose your funder template (depending on what grant are you applying for) and prepare your data management plan online. Afterwards the only thing you need to do is to export your plan in a desired file format and attach it to your grant application. Your data management plan will be also stored on DCC website, so whenever you want, you will be able to go back to your plan, adjust it (treat it as live document) and keep notes of all your data locations. Therefore, DMPonline can be extremely useful not only at the grant writing stage, but can also help you to keep track of your datasets.
For the first time you use the DMPonline use the institutional login option, search for Cambridge and you will automatically asked for your Raven credentials. You will have to register your account, but any time after the first registration, you will be simply able to log in with your Raven account to use the tool.


User-friendly online training modules (you can select and follow the modules that you are interested in). The training is developed and provided by the University of Edinburgh in association with the UK Data Archive, Digital Curation Centre (DCC), and Distributed Data Curation Center at the Purdue University Libraries. Anyone can access and follow the online training (you do not need to be a member of the University of Edinburgh).


A thorough guidance on various aspects of research data management (with information on available resources) prepared by the UK Data Archive. The booklet has plenty of case studies to illustrate different aspects of data management. Additionaly, all topics are thematically groupped into chapters, so it is easy to search for information in the booklet.


  • Data Archiving - online five step guidance helping you to decide what data to keep

Developed and provided by the Digital Curation Centre.


A useful resource prepared and shared by the UK Data Archive. The resource is based on four case studies and provides real life examples on how to prepare your data for deposition. Case studies were chosen to provide guidance on dealing with different types of data, including sensitive data.



  • File naming - explanation of a useful file naming convention

Guidelines on file naming developed by Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Technology, Information and Learning Support (TILS). The Open Data team found the document extremely useful - we are following these guidelines internally.


  • How to license research data? - information on the type of licenses available and guidance on how to choose the most appropriate license for your data

Developed by the Digital Curation Centre.


  • Cloud computing - everything you should know about the risks and benefits of cloud computing

Prepared and shared by Jisc.


Provided by the NYU Health Sciences Library.


External support providers:


DCC provides numerous resources and training for individual researchers as well as for research data management support staff. DCC also organises regular meetings on research data management topics and shares webinars from these meetings - so even if you cannot join their events in person, you can always stay up to date with what is going on and what resources are available to you.

Main provider of digital solutions for education and research in the UK. Jisc also provides advice in the form of guidelines (thematically arranged, so that you can easily find what you are looking for).

Numerous research data resources, specificall tailored for research in Social Sciences and Humanities.