Bringing the Ocean to Society
5 Jul 2019
Call for applications: OceanTeacher Global Academy Training Course on Research Data Management
21-25 Oct 2019 | Ostend, Belgium

The EurOcean Cooperating Member UNESCO's IOC is pleased to inform you that the period for applications for the Training Course on Research Data Management is open between 5 July – 17 August 2019.

You are invited you to share this information among potential interested candidates in your country and Region. All information, including a course flyer, can be found following the UNESCO/IOC link https://www.oceanexpert.net/event/2135.


Research Data Management (RDM) covers the planning, creating, storing, organizing, accessing, sharing, describing, publishing and curating of data. RDM is mandated by many funding agencies and increasingly by governments to provide access to funded research results.

The management of data, particularly large-scale data, has many challenges, and the roles of researchers, facilities that manage marine data, repositories and libraries are coming together to provide access, preservation and archive of this data and the scholarly products associated with it.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of maintaining integrity (accuracy and completeness) of data.
  • Develop skills in writing and implementing a (Research) Data Management Plan, including those associated with Funding agency requirements and mandates.
  • Gain knowledge of the terminology of Open Access and Open Data as it applies to Research Data Management.
  • Advance knowledge in the current landscape of Research Data Management, and internationally organized efforts to develop standards and tools in this field.
  • Recognize the importance of good research data management practice.
  • Knowledge of the data publishing and citation process.
  • Access to European marine data repositories.
  • Awareness of main European based marine research projects (e.g. EMODNET, SeaDataCloud, etc.)

Course Topics:

  • Overview of Research Data
  • Open Data
  • Research Data and publication lifecycles
  • Data organization and standards
  • Data Management Plan
  • Organizing Research Data
  • Making Data available
  • Accessing Research Data
  • Overview of European Marine Projects
  • End user point of view of the use of metadata for data integration

Target Audience

  • marine researchers
  • postgraduate students (MSc and PhD students);
  • repository managers (data and/or documents);
  • marine data librarians;

NOTE: Priority will be given to participants originating from Europe and North African countries. UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.


  • Greg Reed, IOC/IODE
  • Others to be announced

Course Pre-requisites:

  • Interest or new responsibilities in working with marine data and/or information
  • Need to bring own laptop
  • Working knowledge of English.

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all successful students (90% attendance to the classroom course mandatory).

The UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE is certified as a Learning Services Provider (ISO 29990:2010).

The OceanTeacher Global Academy is a Project of IOC/IODE supported by the Flanders-UNESCO Trust Fund (FUST) of the Government of Flanders, Belgium.

Application process:

Please fill in the online application form on https://otga.wufoo.com/forms/wu05w01031xs7v/ or https://bit.ly/2XubLjP no later than 17 August 2019.

The deadline to submit the application closes 17 July 2019. Do not leave for the last minute since the system will close automatically. In case you have any questions please contact the organisers well in advance: given time differences you may not get a reply to your questions immediately.

No tuition fee applies. Both full- and co-sponsoring are available for a limited number of participants.

In case of questions please contact the OTGA Secretariat ioc.training@unesco.org, always indicating as subject: OTGA Training Course: Research Data Management, 21-25 October 2019, Oostende, Belgium