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23 (research data) Things is here for you!

  • Use as a self paced learning activity or as a refresher
  • Adopt it as suggested training for all staff
  • Contextualize it for your discipline or situation
  • Adapt it to meet your specific research data knowledge needs

The 23 (research data) Things program was rolled out by ANDS during 2016. More than 1500 people participated from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. While the program formally ends in October, the materials developed for 23 (research data) Things will remain available on the ANDS website.

Every effort will be made to ensure Things and activities remain current, but please let us know if you discover a broken link or have suggestions for a more recent example.

Ideas for reusing these materials

The possibilities are endless! The materials developed for the 23 (research data) Things program can be used however you wish. Some ideas and suggestions are below:

Self-directed learning activity

Individuals or small groups can work through the program at their own pace.

  • Step through the 23 ‘Things’
  • Have a choice of three learning activities for each Thing: Getting started, Learn more or Challenge me
  • Do all 23 or 'cherry pick’ the Things you most need to know or have an interest in

Customise Things for different audiences

  • Change the activity links to showcase your data services
  • Select a few Things that could be offered as a 1 hour workshop
  • Adapt Things for specific audiences and discipline

Run your own short courses

The materials and resources you need are in the training materials section. Run some short courses for your work group, new inductees or other groups at your institution.

  • Crash course covers the first 12 Things: can be run in three hours
  • Sprint to the finish covers Things 13 - 23: can be run in three hours

Shorter sessions:

  • Things 1-8: excellent introduction to the basic concepts
  • Things 9-16: valuable for those who need more in-depth information
  • Things 17-22: more technically focused for those wanting to understand how tools, apps and APIs support data

If you have questions or comments about any of the Things you can share them by Tweeting to @andsdata or in the Google+ Data Librarians Group.

Training materials for reuse

All 23 (research data) Things materials are licensed under Creative Commons (CC-BY), meaning you can reuse and republish with attribution to ANDS.

We want you to use, adopt, adapt and contextualise the activities and materials. Return to Thing 9: Licensing data for reuse if you are not sure what the CC-BY license allows you to do. If you do adapt the materials, and are willing to share what you’ve done, please let us know and we’ll add them to the tool-kit. Let’s share as much as we can!

Master file of all 23 Things

PLEASE NOTE: these master files have not had broken links updated. Please refer to individual Things pages for current links

Includes all the Getting started, Learn more, and Challenge me activities to reuse and edit (69 pages).

Short courses

10 Medical and Health Things to reuse and edit

10 marine science (rdm) Things to reuse and edit

10 astronomy (rdm) Things to reuse and edit

10 Eco Data things to reuse and edit

What's my pitch?

This document is a simple way to think about key messages and possible responses that can be used to quickly and succinctly pitch research data management to researchers. The responses can be contextualised to suit what is available at your organisation. This resource is mentioned in Thing 18: Data interviews: talk the talk

Examples of how the material could be reused for specific groups

Topic specific workshops

Adapt and contextualise for specific groups of people

  • Information professionals  eg Thing 4 (Discovery), Thing 5 (Sharing), Thing 7 (Citation), Thing 8 (Metrics), Thing 17 (Data literacy)
  • Research impact professionals eg Thing 8 (metrics) Thing 16 (Funders and Publishers)
  • Institutional data managers eg Thing 11 (Schemas), Thing 12 (Vocabularies), Thing 13 (Crosswalks), Thing 14 (Identifiers)
  • Ethics committee members eg Thing 9 (Licensing), Thing 10 (sharing sensitive data)

Customise for your institution

  • Edit to include your own services and examples:

Target specific groups

  • Higher degree research (HDR) students
  • Research assistants
  • Early career researchers (ECR)
  • Newly awarded grant recipients

Contextualise for your discipline

Institutional examples of reuse

Adapt, don’t just adopt. Customising and contextualising is key. Use examples from your data catalogues, your policies and services, and your key webpages.

Have you adapted 23 (research data) Things for your institution? Let us know so we can feature your program here


Our resources page contains a series of items, both printed and digital, that maybe of use to you in running your version of 23 (research data) Things.


23 is a big number and even if you cherry pick and ignore things of no interest to your group you may need a little help to keep the enthusiasm going.

Credly badges

Credly badges will continue to be available for each Thing. Badges can be a great motivator - and they are a simple reward. Individuals can claim a digital badge for each Thing they complete. These can be attached to your LinkedIn profile, blog site or other social media to show the world you are data savvy. Claim them via the link from each Thing page.

Reward stickers

Group or course leaders can award or distribute badge stickers to participants in their group or course. The stickers can be worn, stuck to the 23 (research data) Things poster, or used to track progress on a leaderboard. It’s up to you! Email us if you’d like sticker pages posted out to you, or print them yourself using the sticker template.

Professional and personal development (PD) eg KPIs, ALIA PD

Talk to your manager about doing or running a form of the 23 (research data) Things program as part of your work plan. Could it form part of your professional appraisal?

ALIA members can claim Professional Development Points for participating in 23 (research data) Things - one point per hour from the Informal Learning Category (this category has a maximum claim amount of 30 points per PD year). If this has whet your appetite, take a look at ALIA’s Research/Academic Specialisation (ALIA members only) that incorporates research data management.

Encouragement newsletters and emails

Set up a reminder/encourager newsletter for your group - look at our 2016 23 (research data) Things archived newsletter to see what we included

Participation certificates

Download this Certificate of participation (DOCX, 1.64 MB) to present to those completing or participating in a 23 (research data) Things course or activity.

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