Teaching Resources

Data Ethics

Data ethics is a sub-set of Research Ethics and is becoming increasingly important. 

Retraction Watch commonly posts instances of papers that are retracted due to issues with the data. These real-world examples are excellent case studies for teaching data ethics and underscore the reasons for good data management practices.

Education Data – The Forum Guide to Data Ethics Booklet and Online Course is intended for anyone who handles education data.

The Human Subjects Research Ethics Field Training Guide from the John Hopkins School of Public Health covers basic aspects of data integrity. As a bonus, this guide is translated into several other languages.

Ethics for big data and analytics from IBM is a one page quickstart guide on ethical considerations.

Ethics Case Studies from the American Physics Society contains several data-related cases.

Selected Books


Aimed at graduate students, this seven module course primarily consists of videos.


Created for graduate students and faculty in the United Kingdom, this on-line course features a click-though format with interactive quizes.


Consisting of seven modules that are case study-based, this course is based on National Science Foundation data management requirements.


Education modules primarily consist of slide decks, handouts and exercises for ten modules. 


An iTunes course by OSU's own Bear Braumoeller, the 63 short lectures include instructions on using several software programs.


Data Management for Clinical Researchers focuses on patient-centered research and lasts five weeks. 

Research Data Management, Oregon State University, GRAD 521

Although all the materials are free on-line, this for-credit course is aimed at graduate students who have begun their research. 

Introduction to Research Data Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison iSchool 3066

Aimed at librarians, this course additionally covers how to interact with other researchers, metadata structures, and service planning. 



Scientific and Clinical Data Management, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, INFO B512

Offered by the School of Informatics and Computing, this course focuses on mining clinical data for knowledge discovery and associated security issues.