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DMPTool Service Update — September & October 2012



Recent Enhancements, News, and Activities

October was our biggest month ever: 375 new users in October. There is now a total of almost 3500 users, and they’ve created almost 3,000 plans total. Among the UC campuses, there were 49 new users, bringing the total of UC users to 553. UC users have created 484 plans.
Several more universities customized the DMPTool for their researchers, bringing the total to 26. UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCSD and UCLA have added customized information for their users, and CDL/UC3 provides links and help text to UC3 data management services to all UC users.
There was a service outage on September 19-20. The DMPTool service was unavailable from approximately 6:30pm on Sept 19 until 9am on Sept 20. We did not have adequate monitoring in place so that the data center staff was unaware of the problem. We have corrected this problem and now have 24/7 monitoring in place.

Shibboleth Login:

UC Santa Cruz has configured their campus single-sign-on for the DMPTool, bringing the total to 8 UC campuses, along with UCOP:

  1. UC Berkeley
  2. UC Davis
  3. UC Irvine
  4. UCLA
  5. UC Merced
  6. UCOP
  7. UC San Diego
  8. UC San Francisco
  9. UC Santa Cruz

3 universities configured their Shibboleth identity providers for the DMPTool in September and October, bringing the total to 65. There are participating organizations in 30 states and the District of Columbia; California leads all states with 18 participating organizations. A map of all participating organizations is available here:


Starr, Joan; Willett, Perry; Federer, Lisa; Horning, Claudia; and Bergstrom, Mary Linn (2012) “A Collaborative Framework for Data Management Services: The Experience of the University of California,” Journal of eScience Librarianship: Vol. 1: Iss. 2, Article 7. doi:10.7191/jeslib.2012.1014
Available at:

This article describes the full suite of services provided by UC3 (including the DMPTool) in the context of the research data lifecycle.

DMPTool Service Description

The Data Management Plan Tool (DMPTool) provides an easy to use interface that:

  • Helps users create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies
  • Meets funder requirements for data management plans
  • Provides step-by-step instructions and guidance for how to manage data
  • Provides information about resources and services available at your institution to help fulfill the data management requirements of your grant

DMPTool Service Manager

Perry Willett, Trisha Cruse or Note that campus library contacts have been embedded in the DMPTool and campus users will be directed to a local library contact.

DMPTool Training Materials, Guides, FAQs and Webinars

Help Guide: (