Information-handling skills and competencies

Added by Sarah on 16 July 2009 18:37

Thursday, 16 July 2009 09:00 - 17:00

Location: International Student House, London

This workshop brought together experts to explore the issues around information-handling training for UK researchers.

In July 2008, the RIN published a report, Mind the skills gap: Information-handling training for researchers, which concluded that training for researchers in the UK on information-handling and management is uncoordinated and generally not based on any systematic assessment of needs. This expert workshop day explored what might be done to improve the situation. It was tasked with identifying practical courses of action, which participating parties could commit to.

The report below summarises the wide range of ideas emerging from the discussion. A number of useful proposals are set out, regarding some suggested mapping and audit work to provide a solid evidence base - for instance, through the mapping of organisations and initiatives that are relevant to the fostering and development of information-handling skills.

It was suggested that such activities could be undertaken by a new advocacy group, made up of representatives of key organisations. The RIN was charged with the setting up of this group, which should be in place by the end of September 2009 - more information will follow in due course. If you are interested in these issues and would like to be involved, email

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