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A Closer Look at the Libraries' Data Management Planning (DMP) Tool

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The DMPTool helps researchers create, review, and share data management plans in order to meet institutional and funding agency requirements.

Researchers are increasingly required to engage in a range of data management activities to comply with institutional policies, or as a precondition for publication or grant funding.

Data management plans (DMPs) are now a standard part of grant proposals for most funding agencies. The DMP Tool provides customized templates for various grants that aid researchers in creating effective data management plans, and save researchers valuable time. This tool also provides samples of public DMPs that are shared by their authors for others to use as models.

Since its release in October 2011, the DMPTool has generated huge interest among the science and library community, including its appearance on the Library of Congress' Top 10 Digital Preservation Developments of 2011. As of November 2013, more than 6,000 users from over 600 institutions have used the DMPTool. Given the success of the first version of the DMPTool, the founding partners obtained funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to create a second version of the tool, released in 2014.

This tool is a service of the UCOP California Digital Library Curation Center. This video provides quick overview of the features of the easy to use DMPTool.

You can also use this self-help guide or schedule a consultation with a UCI librarian for additional support. For additional information, please contact the UCI Libraries' Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) department at libdss@uci.edu.