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DMPTool Service Update: March 2016




Recent Enhancements, News, and Activities

  • Migrations. Thanks to a tremendous effort by the UC3 team, all of our services—including the DMPTool—have been successfully migrated to AWS! The switch should not be apparent to users, but please let us know if you experience any problems. So far we’re aware of one bug that prevents admins from uploading an institutional logo—the fix is already in the pipeline (see below).
  • Bug fixes. Now that the migrations are behind us, we’re beginning to work through the backlog of bug fixes. You can follow our progress in the GitHub issue tracker. We’ll push them out with notifications on a two-week release cycle.
  • First Public DMPs published in RIO Journal. In an effort to promote greater openness with DMPs and circulate some high-quality samples, we asked five DMPTool users who chose to share their plans in our public library if they’d be willing to go a step further and publish them. All of the authors agreed and so far three have been published in a DMPTool Collection complete with citable DOIs. We chose these five because the authors went beyond meeting the minimum requirements, addressing all questions in a thorough, detailed manner that reflects best practices. Our goal is to continue adding exemplary plans to the collection, and refine what we even mean by “exemplary” plans. Once we get a handle on the DMP publication workflow, we’ll solicit more plans from the community. We welcome your thoughts on this initiative at any time.
  • Roadmap update. We were unsuccessful in our bid for the Open Science Prize, but our plans to merge with DMPOnline are proceeding apace [We also published the grant proposal in RIO Journal]. We’ve completed a gap analysis of the two tools and identified the features that need to be added to the DMPonline codebase. Next month our technical teams will meet to define and kickstart the co-development process. Stay tuned for more news via the DMPTool blog. Now is an excellent time to let us know what you think about our plans, the tools, anything at all.

Contributing Organizations

There are now 184 participating institutions that have either configured their campus single sign-on or customized the DMPTool for their users. Welcome to the following new institutions:

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Colorado School of Mines

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 Training Materials, Guides, FAQs and Webinars

Documentation and outreach materials

DMPTool Service Managers

Stephanie Simms contact, Perry Willett contact

Connect with the DMPTool

  • Please contact us with any questions or general correspondence (Note that campus library contacts have been embedded in the DMPTool and campus users will be directed to a local library contact)
  • Get status updates via the DMPTool blog
  • Read more about the code, the project, and contributing to development on the DMPTool GitHub site
  • Log enhancements or bugs in the DMPTool GitHub Issue Tracker
  • Check out our DMPTool Twitter account

Service Monitoring and Availability

Check CDL’s system status page at