Published August 12, 2019 | Version v1
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What does a data steward do?

  • 1. Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)


The learning objective of the presentation is to define the role and tasks of a data steward in the context of research data management. The material gives an overview of (potential) tasks and roles of data stewards, including relevant literature. A trainer should plan 5-10 minutes to cover the presentation.

This material is most suitable for train-the-trainer events. Therefore, we encourage reuse and adaptation of the material to suit your specific training needs.

This material is part of the FAIRsFAIR-CODATA-RDA Data Steward Training. FAIRsFAIR-CODATA-RDA Data Steward Training is part of the FAIRsFAIR Initiative ( The project addresses the development and concrete realisation of an overall knowledge infrastructure on academic quality data management, procedures, standards, metrics and related matters based on the FAIR principles. One of its goals is to develop and provide a series of schools in this area and hence FAIRsFAIR is partnering with the CODATA-RDA schools to deliver training along the lines described above. The goal of the training series is to equip data stewards with the foundational skills they will need to enable FAIR data practices.


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FAIRsFAIR – Fostering FAIR Data Practices in Europe 831558
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