Data management plans – DMPonline

Many research funding bodies require submission of a data management plan (DMP) (or similar document) with a funding bid. They are also a valuable document for any project as they set the scent for the collection and management of research data throughout the full life cycle of the project.

The Digital Curation Centre’s DMPonline is an online tool researchers can use to create and maintain a DMP. The University has developed guidance embedded in DMPonline to aid researchers in drafting a DMP. You will also find the instruction offered by the Digital Curation Centre very useful when completing a DMP.

You can Sign up with your university email address and a password of your choice. IT Services have advice on creating a secure password ( When your DMPonline accout has been created you can link this to your university credentials. DCC have produced a DMPonline screencast to show how the tool works, this is also featured on DMPonline’s homepage.

A previous post highlights some useful resources to assist in the creation of a data management plan (Research data management planning).

The University Library’s Research Support web pages provide advice on research data management.

The Digital Curation Center

We were very fortunate to have support from Digital Curation Centre (DCC) staff when devising some research data management training sessions, drafting our research data management policy and having a first look at data management planning. They facilitated three sessions to kick-start our research data management activities and these were well received by all in attendance.

We are hoping to arrange another event with the DCC in the autumn and we are looking forward to more enjoyable and rewarding sessions.

Incidentally, the DCC have a wealth of information and support on all matters relating to research data management. Some of my particular favourites at the moment are listed below.

  • Digital curation – if you want to understand what digital curation involves and why it is important take a look at this section of DCC’s website.
  • Data management plans – invaluable resources when writing a data management plan for a project or research funder.
  • Case studieswondering what other people are up to? Check out these cases studies to learn about research data management in action.