Due to the complexity of data handling and the specificity of the various research domains, no consensus has yet been reached on the exact responsibilities and tasks of data stewards.
Their required knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) have also not formally been mapped and defined. This hampers adequate capacity building and complicates efficient data management. Both are also a necessity for open science implementation.
DTL, together with its partners and together with the community of practicing data stewards, is involved in mapping competences and learning outcomes for data stewards. A long-term goal of these and follow-up projects is a well-annotated and searchable overview of existing training resources for data stewards.
In parallel to these efforts, DTL and its partners organizes multiple training courses on data stewardship in the life sciences.