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Best Practices for Biomedical Research Data Management (HE) is a Course

Best Practices for Biomedical Research Data Management (HE)

Ended Jan 31, 2023

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Full course description

Course Date:





7+ hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


Biomedical research today is not only rigorous, innovative and insightful, it also has to be organized and reproducible. With more capacity to create and store data, there is the challenge of making data discoverable, understandable, and reusable. Many funding agencies and journal publishers are requiring publication of relevant data to promote open science and reproducibility of research.

In order to meet to these requirements and evolving trends, researchers and information professionals will need the data management and curation knowledge and skills to support the access, reuse and preservation of data.

This course is designed to address present and future data management needs.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the wide variety of types of research data.
  • Describe the research data lifecycle.
  • Explain the documentation needed to facilitate accessibility and reproducibility of research findings.
  • Identify intent of data policies that have been emerging and identify the major government funding agencies currently requiring data management plans.
  • Identify the basic principles that govern both human subject research and use of animals for research.
  • Describe tools available to foster collaboration and sharing of resources.
  • Explain why managing and sharing research data in important.
  • Distinguish the characteristics of long-term storage, curation and preservation of research data.
  • Understand the support role an information professional can play in research data management planning and recognize the potential partnerships between librarians and researchers.

Target Audience: This course is aimed at a broad audience including librarians, biomedical researchers, undergraduate and graduate biomedical students, and all other interested individuals.

Course is offered by Harvard Medical School.

Course Instructors

Elaine Martin

Elaine Martin

Lead Instructor

Dr. Martin is Director and Chief Executive Officer, Francis A. Countway Library at Harvard Medical School. The Countway serves both academic and practicing physicians at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Massachusetts Medical Society. Elaine is an award-winning library executive, researcher, and educator with more than 25 years of experience.

Julie Goldman

Julie Goldman

Lead Instructor

Ms. Goldman is the Countway Research Data Services Librarian with the Harvard Library. Julie is collaborating with members of the Harvard Library community to help build a new data services program, and working at Countway Library of Medicine to develop and deliver services directly to researchers at Harvard Medical School.