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Leiden Research Data Service Catalog
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Online Research Data Management training
Mantra is a free online course designed for researchers or others who manage digital data as part of a research project. There are nine interactive learning units on key topics such as data management planning, organising and formatting data, using shared data and licensing your own data, as well as four data handling tutorials with open datasets for use in R, SPSS, NVivo and ArcGIS.
EDINA delivers online services and tools to benefit students, teachers and researchers in UK Higher and Further Education and beyond. EDINA is the Jisc-designated centre for digital expertise and online service delivery at the University of Edinburgh
Type of service
The training refers to UK law.
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336, VAT Registration Number GB 592 9507 00. - See more at:
Usage and appreciation
Usage statistics are available for 22nd August, 2013 – 23rd August, 2014
From a blogpost on usage statistics of MANTRA (september 2014) :
Visitors to MANTRA over the year came from 144 countries. Google searches accounted for 4,000 sessions, 25% of the total. Nearly ten thousand visits were from new users (based on IP addresses) over the year from 22nd August, 2013 – 23rd August, 2014.
Data Library, Information Services, Edinburgh University
Stage in the research project
Postion within the research process
1. Creating data
The training is best done BEFORE the start of a research project .
1. Private Research Domain, 2. Collaboration curation boundary, 3. Shared Research Domain, 4. Publication curation boundary, 5. Public Domain
The training does not belong to a particular domain
Type of data
1. Raw data and data sets, 2. Data collections and structured databases, 3. Processed data and data representations, 4. Publications with data
The training applies to all data stages.
The training is most relevant for the conceptualise phase of a research project.
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Jisc managing research data programme / Edinburgh University
MANTRA is maintained by Data Library staff in Information Services, University of Edinburgh. - See more at:
Open Educational Resource
MANTRA is a free, online non-assessed course; It is freely available on the web for anyone to explore on their own. - See more at:
We work to ensure sustainability into the long term.
Edina mission : We develop and deliver online services and digital infrastructure for UK research and education. Contributed as part of the Jisc family, these are both high quality and cost-effective, drawing upon knowledge and expertise gained through research, innovation and development.
EDINA and Data Library, University of Edinburgh
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Data curation strategy
MANTRA is a free, online non-assessed course with guidelines to help you understand and reflect on how to manage the digital data you collect throughout your research. - See more at:
Primary target group
Research student ; career researcher ; senior academic ; information professional
There is also a Do-It-Yourself training kit for librarians
Secondary target group
data support officer
librarians / support people from faculties or ICT departments
Classification of the service
Free online availability at
also available as zip-package at Jorum website
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this release : 10 september 2014. Former versions no longer available.
free online course
Materials of the course are freely available at Jorum website, for anyone to use (CC-BY license)
Tools / Interfaces for access
website, Xerte online toolkit, videos on You Tube channel
MANTRA modules and data handling exercises are available for download as zip archives via JORUM (
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Long term guarantees
Not applicable: this is a course, not an archive.
Modules of the training can change, earlier versions no longer available unless downloaded previously. Edina has developed a vision for 2020
Complies with international standards for trusted repositories
Online course freely accessible
Agreements with Leiden University
no special arrangements needed;
parts of the freely available MANTRA training are recommended as preliminary assignment for the UL data management training
MANTRA refers to UK law and UK funders
Not all examples are applicable for the Dutch situation.