"Introduction to Research Data Management" (Spanish: "Introducción a la Gestión de Datos de Investigación") is an online course that aims to enhance agricultural research data management skills and knowledge about data management tools particularly in Latin America. It was developed within the framework of the Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD) of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS). It is delivered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). The course is designed to serve the needs of researchers, librarians, students and other professionals who are operating with agricultural research data from nutrition to fisheries. Participants get familiarized with the characteristics of agricultural research data, concepts of open data, data storage mechanisms, metadata requirements, data preservation, accessibility of data and resources for agricultural research data management. Three editions of the course have taken place since its first announcement in July 2015.
The course is provided in Spanish. It consists of four units and lasts four weeks having an assesment and evaluation at the end. Participants are expected to spend five hours weekly on average to complete readings and engage in activities such as online tutorials and webinars. Attendance of certificate is provided for those who passed the end of course exam.