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Description Online Research Data Management trainingMantra 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.
Organisation Edina 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 Training
Legislation 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, 2014From 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.
Support organisation Data Library, Information Services, Edinburgh University
Stage in the research project Before
Postion within the research process1. Creating dataThe training is best done BEFORE the start of a research project .
Domain 1. Private Research Domain, 2. Collaboration curation boundary, 3. Shared Research Domain, 4. Publication curation boundary, 5. Public DomainThe 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 dataThe training applies to all data stages.
Data curation0. ConceptualiseThe training is most relevant for the conceptualise phase of a research project.
Data classification -- Unknown --Not applicable.
Administrative information
Funding Jisc managing research data programme / Edinburgh UniversityMANTRA is maintained by Data Library staff in Information Services, University of Edinburgh. - See more at:
Depositor agreement Not applicable
User agreement 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:
Policy 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.
Intellectual property EDINA and Data Library, University of Edinburgh
CC-BY license
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. - See more at:
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:
Target group
Faculty General
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
Availability Free online availability at
also available as zip-package at Jorum website
Integrity not applicablenot applicable
Confidentiality not applicablenot applicable
Accepted metadata formats not applicable
Accepted content types not applicable
Accepted preferred formats not applicable
Accepteerde file formats not applicable
Maximum size of deposits not applicable
Version management Nothis release : 10 september 2014. Former versions no longer available.
Quality control not applicable
Access requirements 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 channelMANTRA modules and data handling exercises are available for download as zip archives via JORUM ( - See more at:
(Persistent) identifiers
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 not applicable
Preservation strategy not applicable
Storage not applicable
Access Online course freely accessible
Preservation not applicablenot applicable
Special conditions
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
Risks MANTRA refers to UK law and UK fundersNot all examples are applicable for the Dutch situation.