The Library, in collaboration with Stellenbosch University, has launched a new online game to help you learn how to better manage your research data.
The Research Data Management Adventure is a self-paced text adventure, also known as interactive fiction, in which you take the role of a staff researcher in a University department, working on a project from its very beginnings to its closing stages. Through the game you make choices to guide your project in a certain direction and discover the outcome of your decisions on the success of your project.
The game can be played in one of two modes, one focused on human participant research and the other on experimental research.
The whole game takes about an hour to play, but it is split into five stages that can be played independently. This means you can play a section of the game before or after one of our training sessions (see below) to test your understanding on the session topic.
The Research Data Management Adventure is aimed at postgraduate researchers, and will take you through the lifecycle of a research project, from applying for funding through to publishing papers. Along the way, you will make decisions about the best way to write a data management plan and how to organise and curate your data.
If you want to know more about the issues raised in the game (before, during, or afterwards!), take a look at our research data management guidance pages.