Introduction to Data Management practices

Course name: Introduction to Data Management Practices

Course dates: 2021-04-13 to 2021-04-15
Course location: Online

National course open for PhD students, postdocs, researchers and other employees within all Swedish universities. The course is geared towards life scientists wanting to take the first steps towards a more systematic and reproducible approach to analysing and managing research data.

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Responsible teachers: Niclas Jareborg, Yvonne Kallberg, Elin Kronander, Wolmar Nyberg Åkerström and Markus Englund

Course content

This course will introduce important aspects of Research Data Management through a series of lectures and hands-on computer exercises. The course is intended for researchers that want to take the first steps towards a more systematic and reproducible approach to analysing and managing research data.

Topics covered will include:

  • Open Science and FAIR in practice
  • Organising data, files and folders in research projects
  • Versioning data, documents and scripts with Git
  • Describing data with metadata
  • Cleaning tabular data and metadata with OpenRefine
  • Submitting data to public data repositories
  • Writing basic recipes for data analysis and visualisation with R


The course will be held over Zoom and we will use a slack-channel as an additional means of communication. This course is designed to be interactive and hands-on and you are supposed to follow the instructor and do the same steps on your own computer. If possible, we would recommend that you use two screens or a sufficiently large screen to have two windows open at the same time.

If you encounter any connection problems, please contact us via email


We want to make sure that the workshop is accessible to everyone. Please tell us if there is anything we should know in advance in this regard (e.g. internet access limitations, technology limitations, and sensory disabilities).

Code of conduct

We want this course to be as inclusive and safe as possible for all participants, so we also expect you to agree to the Carpentries Code of Conduct. All participants are expected to show respect and courtesy to others. All interactions should be professional. In order to foster a positive and professional learning environment we encourage the following kinds of behaviours:

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language
  • Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism
  • Focus on what is best for the community
  • Show courtesy and respect towards other community members
  • For more information on the Carpentries Code of Conduct please see