Data management tool launched by UC libraries and partners
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 and careers?
UC and several other major research institutions have partnered to develop the DMP Tool, a flexible online application for generating data management plans that can help researchers share their data with funders and other researchers.
These plans are increasingly being required by funders such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The DMP Tool supports data management plans and funder requirements across disciplines, including the humanities and the physical, medical and social sciences.
When researchers openly and collaboratively share their data, advances can occur much more quickly and effectively, as reported in the New York Times for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease research.
The DMP Tool, which is open-source, freely available, and easily configurable to reflect an institution’s local policies and information, will help in this effort.
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.
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