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This module aims to provide both a practical and theoretical introduction to the challenges and opportunities associated with managing, accessing, analysing and disseminating social science research data. It will equip the student to be familiar with the mechanisms for accessing data through archives, libraries, websites and to adjudicate the relative worth of sources. We will adopt a ‘hands-on’ collaborative approach to acquiring practical experience of all stages of the research data lifecycle and to learning about good practices in managing and sharing social science research data in all its variety. Where practicable, students will be invited to participant in Living Lab research being conducted by colleagues and external partners. For instance, Professor Aphra Kerr will be doing living lab research via the ADAPT Centre, and we will explore links to the Mi:Lab - https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/mi-lab We will also connect to other Living Lab work ongoing at the University. The module will develop an understanding of national and international policies on sharing research data, and why this is important for research transparency and integrity, and for addressing important social questions. We will familiarize ourselves with social science research data infrastructures, and learn how to find, access and use existing data.