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DMPTool Service Update: May 2017

Recent Enhancements, News, and Activities

  • Roadmap update. We just reached a huge milestone (!), pushing a preliminary version of the DMPRoadmap code out to test on DCC-hosted DMPonline, DMPTuuli, and DMPMelbourne. Stay tuned for an update about when DCC will migrate their production services. In the meantime, we’re reviewing and refining documentation on the Github wiki to enable others to follow the migration path and/or install new instances. DMPTool users should note that we revised our target migration date to August—between now and then we’ll continue adding new features, conduct another round of accessibility testing, perform user acceptance testing, and complete a template audit. We’ll also begin communicating more details, images, and documentation via admin and public channels to help everyone prepare users for the new version. For now, check out this detailed status update on the DMPTool blog.
  • Machine-actionable DMPs. If you haven’t seen it yet, the white paper full of use cases is out in RIO Journal. We used this document and other community initiatives to launch a pair of working groups at the last RDA plenary meeting, under the umbrella of the RDA Active DMPs Interest Group. One group will recommend common standards for DMPs that enable info to be exchanged across existing systems, and the other is exploring avenues for “Exposing DMPs” (e.g., through publication, depositing in repositories). Subscribe to the RDA mailing list to get involved in community efforts on this front. The latest blog post contains additional details about our efforts to develop institutional use cases and move forward on pilot projects, e.g., an integration with
  • Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) @UCSD 31 July – 4 Aug. Check out the course offerings and consider attending this week-long intensive summer school to improve your research communication skills. Suitable for all types: researchers, students, librarians, publishers, etc. The DMPTool will make a cameo in the morning course on Data in the Scholarly Communications Life Cycle.

Contributing Organizations

There are now 210 participating institutions that have either configured their campus single sign-on or customized the DMPTool for their users. Welcome to the following new institutions:

California Institute of Technology
Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC)

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