Head of Strategic Data Initiatives
University of Virginia
Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and IT
University of California, Los Angeles
In January 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) began to require data management plans for all grant submissions. This major requirement by the NSF was a leading step, now being followed by other funding bodies. In response to these emerging requirements, a group of US libraries and research institutions have formed a partnership to develop a web-based solution called the DMPTool. The partnership’s two primary goals are: 1) assisting researchers in development of high-quality and realistic data management plans for proposals, and 2) matching researchers with support resources and personnel at their respective institutions. In the first three months of public use, the tool has had over 1,200 unique users across the US, over 250 institutions represented, and nearly 40 institutions contributing localized resource guidance.
This session will discuss where the project team is now working to advance the tool with further functionality, addition of more rich content and guidance, expansion of the user community, and development of a sustainable governance and business model. The DMPTool project includes the University of California, Los Aangeles Library, the UC3 from the California Digital Library, the Smithsonian, University of Virginia Libraries, the University of California, San Diego Library, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (library and chief information officer), DataONE, and the Data Curation Centre.