Because good research needs good data


The DCC has over ten years experience in delivering skills development for the HE sector in all aspects of Research Data Management (RDM), Digital Curation and RDM service development.

Our mission

To further our mission of spreading awareness of good data management practice and policies we also provide dedicated training through workshops. We have done this in locations across the world as well as in the UK. Our trainers have extensive experience in skills development and an in-depth subject knowledge. This stems from first-hand experience supporting high-quality data management around the world, while our wide breadth of knowledge also comes from our staff having various backgrounds including the physical and social sciences.

The DCC’s courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of a range of audiences and we can provide skills development targeted at data management professionals, librarians, IT specialists and researchers, whether from public or private sector organisations. Workshops can be conducted as a standalone engagement or as part of a consultancy package and we mainly provide these through direct (private or on-demand) requests, equipping participants with the skills and knowledge they need to plan and carry out excellent data-led research. Either way, they typically take the form of one- or two-day courses, sometimes half day, depending on the content being requested. Topics that we cover include:

  • Research data management (RDM)
  • Open research (science) and open data
  • FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) principles
  • Data management plans (DMPs), including introduction to DMPonline
  • Data Ethics
  • Licensing and citations
  • Data selection and preservation
  • Data sharing and repositories
  • Costing RDM and business planning
  • Funder requirements, including Horizon 2020
  • Delivering and building RDM services

If there are any other topics not listed above that you may like to learn about, please do enquire and we shall see whether we can help you.

Occasionally, we also conduct public workshops that require registration, each time covering a different topic. These can be in various locations in Edinburgh, the UK or beyond. Please check back here regularly to see if there are any planned upcoming events.

In addition to these types of workshop engagements, the DCC is also involved in the CODATA/RDA Research Data Science Schools. The DCC was one of the founding members of this project which started in 2016 as a single school in Trieste, Italy and now has spread to Africa, South and Central America and Asia. The schools typically take the form of two-week intensive courses targeted at early career researchers from low and middle income (LMIC) countries covering a wide range of subjects related to data science including programming, but, uniquely, also teach data ethics and RDM. The DCC primarily provides training in the latter and we have now established a curriculum with the other member of the school that can be delivered repeatedly in different geographical contexts.

Training costs

DCC training is provided on a cost recovery basis. We ask for reimbursement for our time, as well as travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. The trainings typically take the form of workshops, where we can deal with ~30 participants per trainer in a classroom or “cabaret style” setting. Please note that our training is only available to groups and not to individuals on a one-to-one basis! We will provide all materials where necessary, typically in digital form, and almost always will be free to reuse based on the stated CC licence.

Training in the UK

Our starting rates for UK training sessions are as follows. These rates include the cost of staff time, travel, accommodation and subsistence.

Please note that the quoted cost may be higher depending on your requirements and the amount of staff time required to prepare your course. Requests for highly specific content, which will require more than the average preparation time will be quoted at a higher rate.

Training is exempt from VAT.

Price Format
£1600 half-day session with one trainer
£2500 half-day session with two trainers
£3500 full day which covers two trainers

Please note that we will advise you as to whether one or two trainers will be required for a half-day session; this will be dependent on your requirements. Full-day training sessions, and also hands-on DMPonline training, are only available with two trainers.

To enquire about training within the UK, please fill in our form below.

International Training

The DCC has regularly delivered workshops internationally and we look forward to further opportunities to provide training in your country on an individual cost recovery basis.

Quoted costs will be based on the following criteria:

  • Number of days out of the office required per trainer
  • Number of days preparatory time required to develop training material
  • Estimated amount of liaison time

In addition to:

  • Estimated travel costs
  • Estimated accommodation costs

Over and above the quoted cost you will pay:

  • A subsistence fee per trainer, per day out of the office
  • Incidental airport transfer costs

To enquire about international training, please fill in our form below. All costs are exempt from VAT, however, in-country taxes may apply over and above these costs.

Training via the Web

If face-to-face training isn't the best fit for your requirements and budget, we can also offer training via webinar and tailor the sessions to meet your requirements.

Prices start from £950 for a half-day session, however, the cost may be higher depending on your requirements and the amount of staff time required to prepare your course. Please get in touch with us to discuss your requirements further.

More training from DCC

If you have any general training enquiries, contact DCC's Training Lead, Dominique Green by email

How to Book

Contact our helpdesk by email or phone +44 (0) 131 651 1239