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Data Management Planning Tool More Responsive to Researchers’ Needs

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The DMPTool project partners are pleased to announce the release of the DMPTool v2.

The effective management of researchers’ digital data is a critical component of research practice. Federal agencies such as NIH and NSF require data management plans; under the 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy directive, this requirement will spread to nearly all federal agencies within the next year. The DMPTool v2 is a powerful and effective tool to aid researchers and their institutions in the creation of targeted data management plans. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, DMPTool project partners have built a freely available tool guiding researchers in creating plans that meet an array of funder requirements and providing embedded help and suggestions for successfully completing the plan. Partners creating the second version of the tool include the University of California - California Digital Library’s UC Curation Center (UC3), the University of Virginia Library, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Purdue Libraries, the Smithsonian Institution, and DataONE.

DMPTool v2 responds to requests for an array of new features, including functionality for both plan creators and plan administrators. Plan creators can now collaborate on their plans with colleagues, get institution-specific help, and easily share their plans publicly or within their institution. Institutional administrators can easily customize their plans with local branding, templates, and help specific to the institutions. It is not surprising that the tool’s uptake has been impressive: there are now 115 participating institutions that have either configured their campus single sign-on or customized the DMPTool for their users. With participating organizations in 40 states and the District of Columbia, California leads all states with 20 participating organizations.

“As much as the previous version has helped our researchers formulate DMPs, I'm looking forward to the functionality of the new version to let us help them even more. I’ll also use it to strengthen our relationship with our Office of Sponsored Programs and move forward some conversations on institutional data management policies" says Stephanie Wright, Data Services Coordinator for the University of Washington Libraries.

The DMPTool is part of the DataONE Investigator Toolkit, a collection of software tools for finding, using, and contributing data in DataONE. For further information see the 90-second demonstration video and the Quick Start Guide provided on the DMPTool site. See also the DMPTool Blog article on the release.