For some time a discussion of what are being called “actionable” Data Management Plans (DMPs) has been taking place within the Research Data Management community at venues like the International Data Curation Conference and the Research Data Alliance (RDA).
Very recently, our colleagues at the California Digital Library (CDL) received a 2-year National Science Foundation grant to develop support for this vision. This work is very important strategically if it can be successfully implemented and widely adopted, as it holds the promise to greatly streamline funder requirements and compliance checking, as well as to help the research enterprise broadly to automate an important part of the research data management process.
As this project moves ahead, I look forward to sharing progress at CNI meetings. Note that CDL is eager to collaborate with others working in this area.
A little more detail from CDL is pasted below, plus additional pointers.
Announcement: NSF grant – Making DMPs Actionable
California Digital Library (CDL) has been awarded a 2-year NSF EAGER grant to support active, machine-actionable data management plans (DMPs). The vision is to convert DMPs from a compliance exercise based on static text documents into a key component of a networked research data management ecosystem that not only facilitates, but improves the research process for all stakeholders.
To achieve this, the DMP Tool team, which is part of CDL’s University of California Curation Center (UC3), will build on our existing partnership with the Digital Curation Centre (http://www.dcc.ac.uk). We also look forward to incorporating new collaborators and aligning our work with wider community efforts to create a future world of machine-actionable DMPs.
Follow the conversation @theDMPtool #ActiveDMPs and dmptool.org. You can also join the active, machine-actionable DMP community (live or remote participation) at the RDA plenary in Montreal (https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-10th-plenary-joint-meeting-ig-active-data-management-plans%C2%A0ig-domain-repositories) and Force11 meeting in Berlin (http://force2017.org) to contribute to next steps.
Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get involved!
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