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

11/11/2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Accepting applicants until 21 October 2020.

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Workshop to be held Wednesday 11 November 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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 11 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, 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 four main components:

  • Core concepts in reproducibility.
  • Literate programming with R Markdown.
  • Using GitHub for reproducible research.
  • Putting it together: Creating reproducible workflows with OSF.

The draft programme can be found here: Data Management Skills for Open Science – Workshop programme

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 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

Apply by clicking the button below and filling out a brief online form. The form asks for some basic details and a a short explanation of why you would like the attend the course.

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Please apply by 5:00pm GMT+1, Wednesday 21 October 2020. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis if places remain.

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)


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Online workshop