Cool Toys Pic of the day – Data Management Plan Tool


Data Management Plan Tool (DMPT):

I didn’t get to see the webcast today for #mayden2012 but I did track
the tweets after the fact. The great all-knowing @mandosally (Sally
Gore) recognized the tool mentioned by @bartman92 (Bart Ragon, who
doesn’t tweet enough, IMHO), and pointed out this gem.

Data curation and data management plans are an emerging trend in
government-funded science research and science librarianship. Many
granting agencies will require a data management plan as part of the
grant application process, with researchers (many new to this
requirement) left trying to learn what this means, what expectations
are, what should be included, how it should be funded, and so forth.
Here at the University of Michigan, the libraries are working closely
with both researchers and data archiving and management planning
resources on campus to help ensure that the correct plans are in
place, there are ways to archive the data from the research done here,
and much more. There is a really rich environment in place to support
these activities, and it is neither easy nor cheap.

The DMPT was developed to help provide some support for the broader
community working on these, as well as also giving some consistency in
data plan content and layout for reviewers assessing grant
applications. It was developed by a number of collaborating
institutions, including many groups within the University of
California, DataONE, Digital Curation Centre (UK), Smithsonian
Institution, University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, and the
University of Virginia Library. The DMPT walks the researcher through
the key points, what is most important, what options are reasonable
and available, and puts it all in nice tidy formal jargon. Here is a
brief statement of what is included, in their own words.

“Create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies
Meet requirements for data management plans
Get step-by-step instructions and guidance for data management plan
Learn about resources and services available at your institution to
fulfill the data management requirements of their grants”

Equally lovely is the example data plan, which you can download, and
perhaps have your own institution review or have the lawyers look it
over for preliminary thoughts and guidance, while you are still
gathering the data you need to generate your own.

Sample Data Plan Created With the DMPT (PDF):


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