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Data Literacy

DIL Course Materials

Here you will find data information literacy (DIL) course materials (syllabi, slides, curricula, etc.) that have been used or are specifically designed for developing educational programs on teaching data competencies to faculty or students in domain sciences (i.e. not to librarians). General & discipline-specific resources are identified below.


  • New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC) – NECDMC is a case based data management curriculum for teaching students in the health sciences, science, and engineering fields. Features six learning modules that include lecture notes, slides, and activities, a template for a simplified data management plan, a broad collection of research cases, and actual data management plans.
  • Research Data Management (Oregon State University) - GRAD 521 is a careful examination of all aspects of research data management best practices. Designed to prepare students to exceed funder mandates for performance in data planning, documentation, preservation and sharing in an increasingly complex digital research environment. Open to students of all disciplines. Syllabus & lesson plans | Lectures | Course Assignments.
  • Flipped classroom RDM Course: Instructors guide to using the 5 class-session slides and hands-on activities. Includes five scenarios that walk through common data management issues, which are useful for students that did not have data. Designed by librarians at the University of Minnesota. Data Management Course Page – the course site as viewed by student for the flipped RDM course, which can be adapted for your course.
  • Research Data MANTRA (University of Edinburgh) – MANTRA is a free, online non-assessed course designed for researchers or others planning to manage digital data as a part of the research process. Includes eight online units and four downloadable data handling practicals: R, SPSS, NVivo, and ArcGIS.


  • DataTrain (University of Cambridge) - The DataTrain teaching materials have been designed to familiarize post-graduate students in good practice in looking after their research data. The eight presentations, followed by group discussion and written exercises, follow the lifecycle of digital data from pre-project planning, data creation, data management, publication, long-term preservation and lastly to issues of the re-use of digital data.

Arts Research

  • Curating Artistic Research Output (CAiRO; University of Bristol, Jisc) - A 4-part post-graduate teaching and learning module aimed at meeting the digital preservation and data management needs of the arts researcher-practitioner. The module content is particularly well suited for inclusion within MA programs dealing with ephemeral art forms such as dance, music, visual art, theater or media design.


  • Data Management for Clinical Research – A six-week Coursera online course that will be offered in Spring 2013. Taught by Vanderbilt University biomedical informatics faculty, the course will focus on critical concepts and practical methods to support research data planning, collection, storage and dissemination.

Earth Sciences

  • Data Management Short Course for Scientists - Developed by the ESIP Federation in cooperation with NOAA and the Data Conservancy.  Sections include: the case for data management, data management plans, local data management, and responsible data use.


  • DataONE Data Management Skillbuilding Hub – A repository for open educational resources in data management. Geared towards earth scientists but broad enough for use in other science disciplines. Topics include metadata, data sharing, citation, and the data lifecycle.


  • Public Affairs Data Journalism - COMM 273D (Stanford University) - This is the website for a course on using data in journalism and it includes the syllabus, assignments and other resources used to teach the course. Although the course is geared for journalism student much of the material is broad enough that it could be of use to other audiences.

edited 9/22/2020