The emerging profession of Data Stewards is called to play a fundamental role to support researchers in reaching Open Research Data (ORD) goals. SIB has joined forces with the University of Lausanne and several Swiss institutions to launch a new project to foster training and a national curriculum for data stewards, and is in charge of the life science part. This project includes the creation of a dedicated Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) and has now successfully received funding after a swissuniversities call for projects which foster ORD.
A profession very much in demand
Implementing ORD principles requires resources and a set of multidisciplinary competencies that researchers often lack. The role of data stewards in the context of the Swiss research will thus be increasingly important, but its contours are to be further defined across and within scientific domains, from life science to social sciences. Patricia Palagi, Head of the Training group at SIB, is leading the life science work package of this project. “Fit for purpose and scalable training is essential to develop the Data Stewards profession and to offer research with the best possible support towards ORD, especially in fields as data rich as the life sciences,” she said on the project.
- University of Lausanne (Leading house)
- University of Geneva
- SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
- University of Zurich
- Universities of Applied Sciences (HEG)
- University of Teacher Education (HEP Vaud)
- Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS)
- Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)