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Data Management Skills for Open Science: Cancer Research UK & UKRN Workshop

November 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Accepting applicants until November 2020 Wednesday 4 November 2020, 9:00am – 5:30pm (exact timing to be confirmed)

PLEASE NOTE, this short course was POSTPONED from its original date in March

We will be offering the workshop in a remote format only, on 4 November 2020. Applicants offered a place on the March course aren’t required to reapply. Their place has been rolled over to the new date.


We are offering a one-day short course on data management skills for Open Research online in November 2020. It is open to researchers at all career stages, and across all quantitative disciplines in the biomedical sciences (broadly defined). The workshop is free and lunch is provided. As the workshop is supported by Cancer Research UK, we especially encourage researchers funded by CRUK to apply. The course aims to teach researchers how to make their work more reproducible, open and robust through the use of data management tools such as R and Git. Attendees will come away with an overview of how open/reproducible data pipelines work, and why they are important, as well as hands-on experience delving into specific tools. The workshop will include five main components:

  • Core concepts in reproducibility.
  • Selfish reasons to do reproducible science.
  • Getting to grips with R Markdown.
  • Using GitHub for reproducible research.
  • Putting it together: Creating reproducible workflows.

The draft programme can be found here: Draft Programme – Data Management Skills March 2020 (PDF, 39kB)

Course Prerequisites

The course will require some previous knowledge of basic programming in R, which participants can easily access through a multitude of existing courses offered through their home institutions (e.g., University of Bristol link requires UoB login) and/or through online platforms such as SwirlStats or Data Carpentry. Participants are expected to have access to a laptop computer during the workshop.

How to apply

Please note, we have up to 6 places remaining on the course and are accepting applications on a rolling basis until spots are filled.

We aim to respond to applicants within 3 days of their application being received. Applications will close before November 2020 or as soon as all the places are filled. Send applications to the UKRN administrator (ukrn-admin@bristol.ac.uk).

Please use the subject line:

  • Application – Data Management Skills for Open Science, November 2020

Your application should include:

  • A cover letter outlining why you would like to attend (up to 400 words)
  • A brief CV (1 page)

We will close applications before November 2020, or as soon as all places are filled. Note that as this workshop is sponsored by Cancer Research UK, we will give priority to applicants who are CRUK-funded. If you have any questions about the course (e.g. about your eligibility or course content), please email the organiser, Jackie Thompson (jackie.thompson@bristol.ac.uk)

Travel Bursaries

We encourage those who have access to travel funding (e.g., through their institution or funder) to use this for attending the workshop. However, we have a small number of travel bursaries available. Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for travel funding (up to £150; only for applicants coming from outside of Cambridge). We will allocate places on the course irrespective of need for travel funding.


November 4
9:00 am - 5:30 pm


Online workshop