20 January 2022


FAIRsFAIR together with EOSC Synergy, two EU-funded projects with the goal to foster FAIR data practices in Europe and drive the EOSC implementation, have recently launched a brand new course. The objective of the course is to equip participants from universities or research-performing organisations with data stewardship skills and knowledge to better support researchers. 


Access the Data Steward Training Course


Self-paced learning 

In this course participants will learn the skills and gain knowledge on how to be successful data stewards. Five self-paced modules prepared by a team of international experts will guide them step by step through relevant topics for their daily work. By watching a series of recorded videos and completing assignments, they will be up to speed with the data stewardship skills they need. 


Diversity of topics 

The course addresses a range of topics associated with data stewardship. The material covers FAIR and open data, learning pedagogy and training design, open and responsible research, data management planning, and RDM service delivery. All five modules are introductory, allowing learners to choose to follow them all or pick the ones that are most relevant to them. 


Practical focus 

Each module takes on average one hour to complete, requiring around five to six hours to complete the entire course. Next to recorded video presentations, full video transcripts, PowerPoint presentations and a number of learning activities, such as quizzes and exercises, other online resources are also made available.


Reuse of materials

In line with the FAIR principles, the majority of the training material in the course has been reused and adapted from previous online data steward/instructor training workshops in 2020 and 2021. The purpose of these workshops was to support the development of data stewardship skills among staff in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and other research performing organisations. All training materials are available for download in Zenodo.


Collective effort

Thanks to successful collaboration between FAIRsFAIR and EOSC Synergy, the course has been enriched with a module on learning pedagogy and training design. In addition, the course is proudly hosted on the EOSC Synergy learn platform. This platform offers a range of courses and services for researchers and research support staff. 


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