Help to develop your Data Management Plans for research proposals

By Feb.06, 2014

A service aimed at supporting UK-based researchers with all aspects of research data management and curation has a number of free tools available to support with the development of your research Data Management Plans, and is hosting a series of webinar training events. The first session focuses on its online Data Management Plan creation tool.

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management across the UK’s higher education research community. The DCC provides expert advice and practical help to anyone in UK higher education and research wanting to store, manage, protect and share digital research data.

Data Management Plans

Funding bodies increasingly require grant-holders to develop and implement Data Management and Sharing Plans (DMPs). Plans typically state what data will be created and how, and outline the plans for sharing and preservation, noting what is appropriate given the nature of the data and any restrictions that may need to be applied.

The DCC has analysed UK funders’ policies and developed various free resources in response:

DMPonline A flexible web-based tool to assist users to create personalised  Data Management Plans according to their context or research funder. The tool also aids researchers by providing examples of guidance and best practice via ‘crowdsourced’ links to DCC resources and external advice.

Funders’ data plan requirements Summary of funders’ expectations for data management and sharing plans

How to Develop a Data Management and Sharing Plan A guide that outlines UK funder expectations for DMPs and provides practical guidance on how to meet these

Checklist for a Data Management Plan A list of questions and guidance that researchers may find useful when writing data management and sharing plans

Guidance and examples Advice to help you write your data management and sharing plan

Digital Curation Webinars

The DCC runs a series of free, online training sessions covering a wide range of curation-related topics. These brief sessions will last for one hour and will provide participants with an introduction to some of the current issues, some examples of emerging good practice, and an overview of tools and approaches.

Customising DMPonline – 13th March 2014

This webinar will demo the new version of DMPonline and profile the options available for customising the tool by showing examples from a number of early adopters.

Register here:

The webinar will run from 12:00-13:00 GMT. The session will be run using Google+ Hangouts but participants do not need to have a Google account to take part. Please register for the session before 11:00 on the day so that the DCC can provide you with links to the slides following the session.

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