Mapping SoDaMaT training materials to the Vitae RDF

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) breaks researcher skills and knowledge into a series of domains and sub-domains within which are placed characteristics of excellent researchers - termed descriptors in the RDF. For each descriptor, the RDF identifies three to five levels of competency (phase 1 being basic skills, phase 5 being most advanced).

By applying the Vitae Information Literacy Lens we can map the areas covered within the SoDaMaT training materials to the RDF.

The main areas covered in the SoDaMaT materials are:

  • Domain A: Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities
    • A1: Knowledge Base
      • A1.5 Infomation Literacy and Management - Phase 2: Awareness of the creation, organisation, sharing, storing and curation of data and associated risks. Legal, ethical and security requirements in data management over time. Knowledge of the purpose of metadata.

  • Domain B: Personal effectiveness
    • B2: Self-management
      • B2.4 Responsiveness To Change - Phase 3: Expects change and is prepared for it, manages risk accordingly.

  • Domain C: Research governance and organisation
    • C1: Professional Conduct
      • C1.2 Ethics, principles and sustainability - Phase 1: Demonstrates awareness of issues relating to the rights of other researchers, of research subjects, and of others who may be affected by the research.
      • C1.3 Legal requirements - Phase 1: Has basic understanding of legal requirements surrounding research, e.g. Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act, Equality Act 2010 and equivalent Northern Irish legislation.
      • C1.4 IPR and copyright - Phase 2: Manages the deposit of research outputs, open and wider access, and the Creative Commons licence.
      • C1.5 Respect and confidentiality - Phase 1: Within own research respects the right of participants to confidentiality and anonymity.

    • C2: Research management
      • C2.2 Project planning and delivery - Phase 2: Allows for wider public access to and long-term preservation of research information/findings.
      • C2.3 Risk management - Phase 2: Aware of risks to research information over time.

  • Domain D: Engagement, Influence and Impact
    • D1: Working with others
      • D1.7 Collaboration - Phase 1: Aware of the value of working collaboratively to benefit research and for maximising the potential for

The details of the descriptors are taken from the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (Vitae®, © 2010 Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited).

In summary, the materials provide knowledge on data sharing techniques and sharing of research data, and a basic foundation in relevant areas of professional conduct .