Online Research Database Service (ORDS) – Training


The Online Research Database Service (ORDS) is a is a new service for researchers based at the University of Oxford, having been developed in-house by IT Services. It is a free, centrally supported service for University of Oxford researchers and their collaborators, designed to make it easy to create, edit, search, and share research databases online.

The ORDS is a web-based, cloud-hosted service. It enables easy collaboration, as multiple editors can work on a single database. Access controls enable project owners to choose who has permission to do what. Besides creating databases from scratch, researchers can also import existing data from Access databases, from spreadsheets, or from SQL database files, enabling old data to take on a new lease of life. Data in the ORDS can be exported in common formats for analysis, sharing and archiving.

A training course is being held by IT Services to offer advice as to how to get the most out of this service:

Date: Monday 16th February 2015
2pm until 5pm
Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

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To sign up for the training – Click Here

Research Leadership Training Programmes – Events


Two external Research Training events have been organised by the “Leadership Foundation”, and will be occurring in Birmingham and Edinburgh during the late spring. These programmes are highly focused and practical, with learning outcomes linked to the application of key leadership and management skills:

Research Team Leadership
Thursday 30th April – Friday 1st May 2015
Where: Birmingham
Description: This programme is designed to develop an individual’s skills as a research team leader, at a time when they may be new to leadership. The two-day programme has the added value of developing a community of leaders who can share and debate research issues together.
Who is it for? This programme is for lecturers, senior lecturers or readers, who have recently been appointed as principal investigators or who are currently leading small research teams.
Cost: £1095 non-member price
Application Deadline: Friday 24th April 2014
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Leading Research Leaders
Thursday 7th May – Friday 8th May 2015
This programme is designed to develop your ability to address the challenges involved in leading other research team leaders and of managing significant research projects. On this programme you will have the opportunity to practice some of the essential skills required for this role, reflect upon your personal approach to research leadership and exchange ideas with colleagues engaged in a similar role. 
Who is it for?
This programme is for research active academics who are likely to have significant operational leadership responsibility, in addition to their own role as a research team leader.
Cost: £1250 non-member price
Application Deadline: Wednesday 15th April 2015
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Confused about Research Data Management?


Research funders and institutions are imposing mandates regarding the importance of open and well preserved data. With these changing demands, now is a good opportunity to learn more about what is desired for correct data management practises, whilst adapting your current methods to keep ahead of the game.

A presentation is being held covering key policies, plans, sharing outlets and long-term preservation of data. It will provide in depth information regarding the growing importance of good research data management, alongside the tools and services being developed at Oxford and elsewhere to best aid researchers.

Title: ’An Introduction to Research Data Management: Policies, Plans, Sharing, and  Preservation’
Date: 25th November
Time: 2-3pm
Location: Tony Hoare Room, Robert Hooke Building

To sign up – Click Here!