Do we know enough? Clearly, the answer is: no, we do not know what the future will bring. And that is maybe our biggest challenge: getting our minds to accept that we will never again ‘know enough’ at any time. While yet having to make decisions every day, every year, on where to go next. | Herbert van de Sompel & Andrew Treloar
In this final section we will give you a quick starter for entering the global network of data supporters. Or even better - to your global network!
Congratulations. You have reached the end of the course! After you have followed the Essentials 4 Data Support course, your explorations as a data supporter are truly starting.
With this course we wanted to create a meeting point and starting point where data supporters meet and benefit from each other's freshly acquired knowledge and skills. As we wrote before: In our vision, supporting researchers in taking care of their research data is teamwork. If data supporters find each other, everyone and the researcher in particular benefit. We hope that you feel consciously incompetent after following the course. That is the best starting point to keep on learning. After all, it's not that you should know everything about data management after this course. What matters is that you are will most likely know much better what questions you have and to whom or where you can ask your next question.
We are probably not telling you anything new by now, but below you can find an overview of a number of entrances to your new professional network. We are looking forward to seeing you there and will wholeheartedly welcome you to one of the networking days of former students of Essentials 4 Data Support.
Good luck and loads of fun with your explorations and your work as a data supporter!
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