Build a Custom Workshop

Did you know that the Research Data Management Team offers custom training options for your research group, department, or other operational unit? We can develop a personalized workshop built to meet your needs. Just consider the three simple questions below and send us an email at

1. How much time do you have?

Group Consultation and Problem Solving (1.5-2 hours)

Have a research data management topic you want to discuss in a collective setting or a problem your organizational unit or research groups needs to solve? We can provide in-person expertise and help facilitate productive discussion. Our goal in these sessions is to develop actionable plans that can be propelled forward. This session type is a good choice for topics like researcher on-boarding/off-boarding, lab data management pipelines, or developing training schedules for students. 

Extended Info Session (1 hour)

Does your organizational unit or research group want an in-depth dive into a research data management topic, or do you need an overview of a few concepts? We can work with you to develop a 1-hour info session that answers your urgent questions. These sessions are great additions to departmental faculty meetings or weekly seminar series. 

RDM Tips and Tricks (15-20 minutes)

Just have a few minutes during weekly lab meeting or at the start of a departmental seminar? We can give a quick introduction to a research data management topic and provide a few easy actionable tips for everyone to try! 

Guest Lectures in Student Courses (20-90 minutes)

Students are the future of research and data management skills require training. We are happy to make a guest appearance during your courses. We can develop a plan that fits your needs. We can also work with you to create RDM focused materials that you teach yourself. 

2. Do you want to include interactive activities?


Practice makes perfect! For sessions that are at least 30 minutes, we can include interactive exercises and opportunities for attendees to implement the concepts we discuss. Some activities use materials we have created. Others ask attendees to consider materials from their own projects. 


We know time is short and sometimes you just need information. For sessions under 30 minutes, it can also be challenging to find enough time to discuss a topic and include an activity. Even in sessions without an interactive element, we still always leave time for questions! 

3. What topics do you want to cover?

Intro to Research Data Management (RDM) and the FAIR Principles

What is research data management (RDM). How can you make data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR)? Why does RDM and FAIR matter?

Data Management Plans

We can demystify what funding agencies want to see in a DMP and explain how you can use DMPs to create a productive advantage. Writing a DMP is a great exercise for Ph.D. students too! 

Data Storage at univie

Researchers have data and they need to store it somewhere. The university has several options you can use to securely organize and store your data during the life of your project. 

File Naming and File Structure

Don’t waste time looking for lost files! We can provide practical tips to help you wrangle the chaos. 

Data Documentation and Metadata

How can you document your data, so you don’t waste time untangling information later? Are there ways you can make your data more useful to others? We can unpack buzzwords like interoperability, reusability, and metadata and explain how tools like readme files and electronic lab notebooks can reduce frustration, propel collaboration forward, and increase the credit you receive for your work. 

Archiving Data

Archives and repositories are places where you can securely house your data at the end of your project. In many cases archives are also designed to ensure your data is findable by others. Many publishers and funding agencies require that your data be archived and made available for reuse. We can discuss how to select an archive and what decisions you can expect to make. Keep in mind, using an archive doesn’t necessarily mean your data is open to anyone or that it can be used for any purpose.

Selecting a License

All your research outputs should have a license. This includes datasets, software, and hardware. Licenses allow others to reuse your work and give you credit for your efforts. Different types of outputs require different kinds of licenses but selecting them isn’t as scary as it seems. We can explain the process and provide tools that facilitate decision making. 

Version Control and Git

We’ve all seen file names like “Final.doc”, “Final2.doc”, and “FinalFinal_Comments.doc”. It made sense at the time, but six months later, we’re only left with confusion. Learn how to use version control tips and tools to avoid questions. We have a solution for everyone, no matter your level of comfort with digital tools. 

Reusing Data

We can discuss where you can find reusable data, software, and hardware, and how you can incorporate these resources into your project while still respecting the rights of the object’s owner. We can also explain how to ensure your outputs are reusable too! 

Developing a Data Management Pipeline

In many research groups and departments, rapid data production and collaborative sharing is a critical part of the intellectual process. By working with you, data production facilities, and IT, we can help develop a system that ensures your data is well organized and safely stored.  

Researcher On-Boarding and Off-Boarding

Is your research group or organizational unit a revolving door of postdocs and students? Are you struggling to make sense of their file structure? Are you missing key information? By developing an on-boarding and off-boarding plan, you can ensure that a data storage plan is in place and that everyone knows what is expected. 

Creating a Student Training Plan

Do you want to ensure your graduate students receive formal research data management training? We can help your organizational unit or research group develop a plan to ensure your students are well-informed. If you teach courses and would like to include RDM principles, we can share materials and help you develop an outstanding curriculum!