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DMPTool Service Update: September 2017

Recent Enhancements, News, and Activities

  • If you missed the announcements last month (e.g., here), please note that the DMPTool brochure page now redirects to the main application It’s time to update your bookmarks.
  • Machine-actionable DMPs: We received a 2-year NSF EAGER grant to support research and development of machine-actionable DMPs! (details on the blog). As part of this community-driven effort, we convened a joint session of the Active DMPs and Domain Repositories Interest Groups at the Research Data Alliance Plenary 10 in Montreal (19-21 Sept) to report on ongoing work around the world and coordinate plans for the future. Thanks to everyone who contributed to a lively session (notes and slides here). Join us next month at the FORCE11 meeting in Berlin to help define principles for FAIR DMPs (25-27 Oct)—register now; remote participation also available. And/or contact us to get involved.
  • Roadmap update. We’re upgrading to Bootstrap 3 and making the site compliant with accessibility standards. This turned out to require a wholesale replacement and refactoring of the HTML and Javascript and will ultimately make the transition to future versions of Rails easier. It will push our release date into early 2018 to avoid holiday scheduling snafoos, but a key benefit is that it will make it easier for our many external partners to maintain local installations of the tool and contribute back to the core project. You can track our progress here. We’ve also been testing the DMPTool data migration to the new platform. This involves some manual curation of templates and guidance, as well as a thorough audit of funder templates to make sure everything is accurate and up-to-date. More about this on the blog.
  • DMPTool Street Team. Another shout out to the DMPTool Steering Committee members and engaged admins like Yasmeen Shorish who are helping to spread the word about machine-actionable DMPs. Keep your eyes peeled for postcard and sticker swag at upcoming events: DLF Forum, FORCE2017.

Contributing Organizations

There are now 213 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 Colorado Denver
University of Texas at Dallas

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