About DMPonline

Funding bodies increasingly require their grant-holders to produce a Data Management Plan (DMP), both during the bid-preparation stage and after funding has been secured. DMPonline helps research teams respond to this requirement, and any expectations that their institution or others may apply.

DMPonline is based on the open source DMPRoadmap codebase, which is jointly developed by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and the University of California Curation Center (UC3). The DCC & UC3 work closely with research funders and universities to produce a tool that generates active DMPs and caters for the whole lifecycle of a project, from bid-preparation stage through to completion.

How the tool works

There are a number of templates within the tool that represent the requirements of different funders and institutions. Users are asked three questions at the outset so we can determine the appropriate template to display (e.g. the ESRC template when applying for an ESRC grant). Guidance is provided to help you interpret and answer the questions. This guidance is provided by researcher funders, universities and disciplines.

Getting Started

If you have an account please sign in and start creating or editing your DMP.

If you do not have a DMPonline account, click on 'Create account' on the homepage.

Please visit the 'Help' page for guidance.

Additional Information

We are constantly improving the user interface and functionality of DMPonline. If you would like to contribute with feedback and suggestions, please contact us by emailing dmponline@dcc.ac.uk. You can also report bugs and request new features directly on GitHub

DMPonline stories from the DCC website


On the right track(s) - DCC release draws nigh

Monthly update on DMPonline and DMPRoadmap covering our latest release being out to test, machine-actionable DMP updates and where you can see us out and about

By sarah.jones on 08/06/2017

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Roadmap retrospective: 2016

Here's an update on DMPRoadmap, courtesy of Stephanie Simms at CDL   The past year has been a wild ride, in more ways than one... Despite our respective political climates, UC3 and DCC remain enthusiastic about our partnership and the future of DMPs. Below is a brief retrospective about where we’ve been in 2016 and a roadmap (if you will...we also wish we’d chosen a different name for our joint project) for where we’re going in 2017. Jump to the end if you just want to know how to get involved with DMP events at the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC 2017, 20–23 Feb in Edinburgh, register here).   In 2016 we consolidated our UC3-DCC project team, our plans for the merged platform (see the roadmap to MVP), and began testing a co-development process that will provide a framework for community contributions down the line. We’re plowing through the list of features and adding documentation to the GitHub repo—all are invited to join us at IDCC 2017 for presentations and demos of our progress to date (papers, slides, etc. will all be posted after the event). For those not attending IDCC, please let us know if you have ideas, questions, anything at all to contribute ahead of the event!

By anonymous on 05/02/2017

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DMP themes: And then there were 14...

We issued a call for input on the DMP themes in late September and received feedback from across the UK, Europe and the USA. Many thanks to all who responded. It’s really helped to confirm our thinking. This post shares the new themes and other DMP updates.

By sarah.jones on 14/12/2016

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The DCC and its services

The DCC has undergone continuous change since it was established as a consortium in 2004 jointly funded by JISC and the UK E-Science programme. Periodically it’s important for us to clarify what these changes are and what implications they do – or don’t – have for the services you expect from us. The full article sums up these changes from the past year.

By kevin.ashley on 29/11/2016

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Finding our Roadmap rhythm

In keeping with our monthly updates about the merged Roadmap platform, here's the short and the long of what we've been up to lately courtesy of Stephanie Simms of the DMPTool: Short update

By anonymous on 03/11/2016

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A common set of themes for DMPs: seeking input

When the DCC revised DMPonline in 2013, we introduced the concept of themes to the tool. The themes represent the most common topics addressed in Data Management Plans (DMPs) and work like tags to associate questions and guidance. Moving forward, we see potential for broader application of the themes. In collaboration with the DMPTool, we plan to use a refined set of themes to support our objectives around machine-actionable DMPs. The themes provide the beginnings of a common vocabulary and structure for DMPs and could help to identify sections of text to mine, e.g., to identify a repository named in a DMP and the volume of data in the pipeline.

By sarah.jones on 28/09/2016

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New H2020 DMP guidelines

The European Commission has released new Guidelines on FAIR Data Management in Horizon 2020. There are a few key changes and a new template for DMPs which has been added to DMPonline. Image credit: 'OPEN' by Tom Magliery CC-BY-NC-SA

By sarah.jones on 12/08/2016

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Getting our ducks in a row

Recent activity on the Roadmap project encompasses two major themes: 1) machine-actionable data management plans and 2) kicking off co-development of the shared codebase. Image credit: 'Get Your Ducks in a Row' CC-BY-SA by Cliff Johnson

By anonymous on 26/07/2016

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The 20:51 sprint (Roadmap team-building: UK edition)

This week we hosted the DMPTool team to flesh out our plans for ‘roadmap’ – the joint codebase we’re building together based on DMPonline and DMPTool. The key focus was reviewing and prioritising tasks for an initial release.  Building on discussions from the earlier US visit, we confirmed what work was to be done and agreed to begin with some well-defined, short tasks as a test of our co-development procedures. With everyone taking leave over the coming weeks, the first sprint will start in mid-July at which point we’ll begin adding documentation to the Github repository.

By sarah.jones on 17/06/2016

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DMPonline / DMPTool roadmap - reciprocal visits

Our collaboration with the DMPTool team continues. Marta was in Oakland at the end of May and we're preparing to host the US team in Glasgow next week. We've been experiencing Californian weather for the past few weeks - hope it lasts long enough so they experience Scotland at its best.  Below is an update from Stephanie on Marta's visit. We'll post more news soon on the UK side of the trip.

By sarah.jones on 07/06/2016

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DMPonline: new release

We’re pleased to announce a new release to DMPonline, the DCC’s online tool for Data Management Planning. The current version of DMPonline is 4.1 was released in May 2015 and included a comment feature, improved guidance on signing in with institutional credentials, enhanced deployment guidance and proposed methods for internationalisation.

By marta ribeiro on 22/05/2015

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Software Management Plan Service prototype live

Guest blog post by Mike Jackson, Software Architect at the Software Sustainability Institute. Reposted from the SSI blog.  

By anonymous on 23/03/2015

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DMPonline roadmap

Interest in DMPonline continues to grow. We receive around 150 new users each month and over 30 institutions are customising the tool. Over the last few months we’ve been taking stock to prioritise work and are pleased to release a roadmap for development in 2015.

By sarah.jones on 23/03/2015

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Where are they now? An RDM update from the University of Northampton

The latest in our series of catch-up blog posts is from Miggie Pickton at the University of Northampton.

By sarah.jones on 05/01/2015

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DMPonline API - get involved!

We've submitted an entry under Jisc's research #dataspring to develop an API for DMPonline and are looking for partners.  This API will enable the community-driven development of stable and robust extensions to DMPonline through which institutions, researchers, funders and other stakeholders can leverage their investment in data management planning.    

By sarah.jones on 19/12/2014

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