24 September 2012
The Data Library has published a report on the findings of an evaluation of the Research Data MANTRA project, which as part of the JISC Managing Research Data Programme (2010-11) created an online course for University PhD students and early career researchers to learn better data management practice. The evaluation was conducted and written by Laura Molloy of the Digital Curation Centre (University of Glasgow), who interviewed project stakeholders including primary contacts from participating schools and doctoral programmes. The report is available from the deliverables page of the MANTRA project website.
As reported in the evaluation, the project has now become a University service with a "commitment" from EDINA and Data Library to "ensuring that the online hosted course remains up-to-date and fit for purpose." The evaluation highlights a convincing body of evidence that this small project has had a large impact on others working to develop RDM training for similar audiences beyond the UK. Since its launch in autumn 2011, MANTRA has attracted over 5,000 unique visitors to the site and received feedback from students and staff based at the University and from other institutions and countries.
The report provides further information about the extent to which the project achieved its goals and suggestions for where further work may be useful. It concludes with several recommended next steps for the project team to build on existing successes of the project work and to maximise the impact of MANTRA.