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New FAIR Data Stewardship course in the fall of 2020

After the FAIR Data Stewardship Course earlier this year, Hogeschool Leiden and the GO FAIR Foundation are setting up the next iteration of this “Introduction to FAIR Data Stewardship” course for October – November 2020. The course will be offered at the Hogeschool Leiden (in Dutch), as well as online (in English), and is aiming at people who would like to work as a data steward in a research environment or people who are otherwise involved in data stewardship.

Course description

Research projects create a lot of data. Although these data should remain available, in practice data often get lost. To address this problem the GO-FAIR Foundation advocates the FAIR principles. Research data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable in an automated way. FAIR Data Stewards work with researchers to help them make their research data FAIR. In this course you will get an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to work as a data steward. This course is a pilot, and is co-developed as part of a partnership between the Hogeschool Leiden and the GO-FAIR Foundation.

Learning objectives

In this course you will learn:

  1. the FAIR data principles; what are they, where they come from, and how to apply them;
  2. what is necessary to FAIRify research datasets;
  3. how to write a data management/stewardship plan for a research project;
  4. the tasks and responsibilities of a FAIR Data Steward.

Course program

The lessons are interactive with both theory and assignments. In between lessons you will get homework assignments that will take you about four hours a week.

Course dates for the Dutch course at the Hogeschool in Leiden are 8, 15, 29 October, 5, 12 en 19 November 2020, all Thursday afternoons from 13h00 to 17h00 CEST.
Course dates for the English course online (hosted via the Microsoft Teams environment of the Hogeschool Leiden) are 14, 28 October, 4, 11, 18 and 25 November 2020, all Wednesday afternoons from 13h00 to 16h00 CEST.

Certification & cost

To earn a certificate, you are asked to make and submit homework assignments. These assignments will be graded.

The costs for this course are 250 eur per participant for the Dutch course, and 150 euro per participant for the English/online course.


Dutch course: If you would like to be sure of participation, please register before September 10, 2020.
English course: If you would like to be sure of participation, please register before September 16, 2020.


For more information, please contact cbd@hsleiden.nl.