Data Management Plan Tool Launched by UC Libraries and Partner Institutions

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Data Management Tool Launched by University of California Libraries and
Partner Institutions

Important questions are challenging researchers today: Where should
their research data reside? How can they make the data discoverable by
other investigators and repurposed in new ways? Would allowing others
to access the data help advance their fields or their careers?

The University of California and several other major research
institutions have partnered to develop the DMPTool
, a flexible online application to help
researchers generate data management plans, simple but effective
documents for ensuring good data stewardship. These plans are
increasingly being required by funders such as the National Science
Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF). The DMPTool supports data
management plans and funder requirements across the disciplines,
including the humanities and physical, medical, and social sciences.

When researchers openly and collaboratively share their data, advances
in fields can occur much more quickly and effectively, as reported in
the New York Times

for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease research. The DMPTool tool
will help in this effort.

“Many funding agencies require a data sharing plan be included in their
applications. How to accomplish this is a challenge for our Principal
Investigators, given that retention of research data is now much more
than retaining all original notebooks, but includes storing of massive
amounts of electronic data…The availability of the new Data Management
Planning Tool will prove invaluable in assisting them in the management
of their data and complying with these agency requirements,” states
Charles Louis, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Riverside.

The DMPTool is open-source, freely available, and easily configurable to
reflect an institution’s local policies and information. Users of the
DMPTool can view sample plans, preview funder requirements, and view the
latest changes to their plans. It permits the user to create an
editable document for submission to a funding agency, and can
accommodate different versions as funding requirements change. Not only
can researchers use the tool to generate plans compliant to funder
requirements, but institutions can also use the tool to present
information and policies relevant to data management and to foster
collaboration among faculty, the institutional libraries, contracts and
grants offices, and academic computing.

William (Bill) Michener, Professor and Director of e-Science Initiatives
for the University Libraries, University of New Mexico, and DataOne
Principal Investigator, states “The requirements from NSF and other
funding agencies for data management and sharing will lead to new and
better science by promoting data stewardship and encouraging data
sharing. The DMPTool is an important resource for researchers as they
develop funding proposals, and gives them a full picture of all aspects
of sound data management practice.”

Project partners include the University of California Curation Center
(UC3) at the California Digital
Library , the UCLA Library
, the UCSD Libraries
, the Smithsonian Institution
, the University of Virginia Library
, the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign , DataONE
, and the United Kingdom’s Digital Curation
Centre (DCC) . Working collaboratively, these
institutions have consolidated their expertise and reduced their costs.

About the University of California Curation Center (UC3)
at the California
Digital Library
UC3 is a creative partnership bringing together the expertise and
resources of the University of California. Together with the UC
Libraries we provide high quality and cost-effective solutions that
enable campus constituencies – museums, libraries, archives, academic
departments, research units, and individual researchers – to have direct
control over the management, curation, and preservation of the
information resources underpinning their scholarly activities. For more
information, visit

The UCLA Library , ranked among the top
10 research libraries in the U.S., is a campuswide network of libraries
serving programs of study and research in many fields. Its collections
encompass more than 9 million volumes, as well as archives, audiovisual
materials, corporate reports, government publications, microforms,
technical reports and other scholarly resources. More than 80,000 serial
titles are received regularly. The UCLA Library also provides access to
a vast array of digital resources, including reference works, electronic
journals and other full-text titles and images.

The UC San Diego Libraries , ranked among
the top 20 public academic research libraries in the nation, play an
integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research,
teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The nine libraries
that comprise the UCSD Library system provide access to more than 7
million digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to
meet the knowledge demands of scholars, students, and members of the
public. Each day, more than 7,300 people stream through one of the
university’s nine libraries. The Libraries’ vast resources and services
are accessed more than 87,500 times each day via the UCSD Libraries’ web


Greg Ruth
Communications Manager

Office of Research

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