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

To find out more – Click Here
To sign up for the training – Click Here

Early Career Academic Outreach Training Programme

The Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network aims to connect early career academics (D.Phil. students, postdocs or fixed-term lecturers) with opportunities to do outreach in Oxford and further afield, as well as to provide them with appropriate training opportunities and recognition for their work at an institutional level. By signing up to their database, you become eligible for training sessions, as well as have further potential for contact with professionals University wide who may wish to collaborate on outreach projects and activities.

This Network has organised a training programme covering various aspects of academic outreach, followed by a post-session drinks and networking opportunities. The agenda for the day is as follows:

4.30pm – Coffee and registration

5pm – Parallel sessions (choose between)
1) Introduction to Oxford outreach with schools (For new members of the network, or relative beginners to outreach)
2) Age-appropriate academic taster sessions: best practice sharing (For network members with some experience of outreach)

5.30pmUNIQ Summer Schools (all levels) – University’s flagship residential summer school access programme

6.00pm Out on the road for Oxford outreach: getting involved with the Student and Teachers’ Conferences

6.30pm Networking drinks at the Royal Oak –  After the session, participants are warmly invited to The Royal Oak on Woodstock Road to network with each other and outreach staff from around the collegiate University.

Date: Thursday 13th November 2014
Time: 16:30-18:30 (18:30-20:00 Networking Drinks)
Location: Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College

To sign up to the Early Career Academic Outreach Network database – Click here
To view the detailed agenda and book a place on the training programme – Click here