Self-assessment tool for good practice in research data management

Ms Janice Chan1, Mr John Brown1

1Curtin University, Australia

In 2021 Curtin University Library began the second year of the Research Data Champion (RDC) Program. The program aims to embed Research Data Management (RDM) knowledge and establish connections between the participating Research Data Champions (RDCs) and support areas. The program focuses on training, promotion and advocacy for research reproducibility; good research data management practice; data management planning; and FAIR principles.

This year, 18 academic staff, higher degree by research students and professional staff from a broad range of disciplines, experience levels and disparate locations joined the program. The Research Data Management (RDM) good practice self-assessment tool was developed and applied to this year’s cohort at the on-boarding workshop to introduce RDM topics, identify expertise and knowledge gaps and create a targeted learning program for participants needs.

During the year-long program, the Library will organise 4 deep dive sessions based on input from the RDCs and the self-assessment result. While the sessions do not provide a comprehensive RDM curriculum, the tool highlights models of RDM good practice, which will help the RDCs to identify a path for further training and development outside of the program scope.

The tool was developed specifically for the RDC program, but the creators see potential use in identifying RDM training/support needs and general researcher induction. This presentation will discuss the development of the tool, how it was used by the RDCs and the RDC Program Lead to develop targeted training and engagement activities, and invite further development and reuse by the research support community.


Janice Chan is a Coordinator, Research Services at Curtin University Library. She provides support and advice to researchers on research data management and is the Research Data Champions Program Lead. She is also involved in the Curtin eResearch Special Interest Group.

John Brown is a librarian in the Research & Copyright Team at Curtin University Library and provides support to Curtin researchers in research data management training and support and copyright-related issues.


Oct 12 2021


3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 12 2021
  • Time: 12:30 am - 12:50 am