Content and Objectives

Research data, as valuable research results, require professional management. Comprehensive research data management is therefore becoming increasingly important. This is what data stewards are responsible for. The role is being established not only in the business world but also at research institutions in Austria and abroad as international best practice in research data management.

Data stewards operate at the interface between scientists and scholars, and research infrastructure and help to bridge the gap between these two areas. They support researchers in processing data in a sustainable way and carry out needs assessments and requirements engineering.This certificate course will help the participants to acquire knowledge, expertise and key competences to perform tasks as data stewards in research institutions.

This continuing education and training program links the latest findings on research data management, open science and open research with the tasks of data stewards.



Module 1: Basics of Research Data Management and Open Science
Module 2: Basics of IT and Data Science
Module 3: FAIR Research Data in the Life Cycle
Module 4: Research Data Management Support
Modul 5: Data Stewardship in Practice: Project Work

Qualification profile

Successful participants have profound knowledge of ways to develop innovative services in the field of research data management and increase awareness of open science. They are able to systematically assess researchers’ needs and offer tailored support. Together with researchers and software developers, they design innovative workflows for FAIR data management. The acquired competences enable the participants to fulfil the forward-looking role of data stewards at various research institutions.