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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


Different hosting options – which way forward?

Over the past few months we’ve been reconsidering DMPonline hosting – should we move to Amazon Web Services or remain with the University of Edinburgh. Brexit and ensuring we can meet our Service Level Agreements were two major concerns in this decision-making process. After investigating options, we have decided to remain with University of Edinburgh hosting. This blog post outlines our thoughts.  

By sarah.jones on 12/11/2019

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DMPonline user group at the London School of Economics

On the 17th September 2019 we ran a user group at the London School of Economics. For the first time we had a user group with subscribers from the UK, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands so we could look at the tool from different perspectives and backgrounds. It was great to discuss how you use DMPonline, which new functionalities you wish us to add to the tool, and to get your feedback on our future plans and developments.

By magdalena.drafiova on 27/09/2019

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Full steam ahead!

Following on from our user group last week, the DMPonline team met yesterday and has prioritised the feature requests you raised. Ray Carrick started work for the DCC on Monday so we have doubled developer effort, and with Marta rejoining later in the year we’re pressing full steam ahead!  

By sarah.jones on 27/09/2019

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DMPonline at Maastricht University Medical Center

This month we are sharing a blog post from Maastricht University Medical Center written by Mirjam Kamps. "Since more and more funders require researchers to write a Data Management Plan we were looking for a tool with added value for the researchers. We were aiming for a user-friendly tool with opportunities for development. That is why two years ago we decided to start working with a local version of DMPonline: DMPMaastricht."

By magdalena.drafiova on 26/09/2019

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DMPonline@TU Delft

This month we are featuring a story from DMPonline@TU Delft written by Madeleine de Smaele and Marta Teperek. "Good research data management involves careful handling and organisation of research data throughout the research lifecycle and is a necessary prerequisite for effective data sharing and greater openness. For just doing that, TU Delft Library recently introduced DMPonline to help guide TU Delft researchers through the data management planning process."  

By magdalena.drafiova on 27/08/2019

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DMP inspiration down under

I've had a number of inspiring DMP discussions over the last few weeks, both Australian and European based. Here in Oz, funders do not require data management plans like they do in the UK and USA. This has led to the growth of quite different tools as institutions fit the DMP to local priorities.

By sarah.jones on 20/08/2019

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DMPonline release notes: July 2019

Magdalena summarises DMPonline July 2019 release. 

By magdalena.drafiova on 29/07/2019

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DMPonline subscription model - revisited

Based on your feedback, we are revisiting the subscription models for DMPonline. 

By magdalena.drafiova on 25/06/2019

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Closing the gap – connection points between DMPs and repositories

On Monday (10th June 2019), we ran a workshop  in Hamburg at the Open Repositories conference where we discussed potential connection points between Data Management Plans and repository platforms. We had a great variety of attendees from different backgrounds (librarians, repository managers, developers, researchers) and different countries (South Africa, China, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany, UK and Norway amongst others). As a result our discussions were very rich and informed by various perspectives and viewpoints.

By magdalena.drafiova on 13/06/2019

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DMPonline release notes: May 2019

Magdalena summarises May 2019 DMPonline release. 

By magdalena.drafiova on 03/06/2019

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National development in Sweden for Data Management Plan

Sabina Anderberg (Business Developer) from Stockholm University explains national development in Sweden for Data Management Plans. "As from 2019, all who are awarded a grant from the Swedish Research Council must have a data management plan (DMP) if the research generates research data. The plan shall describe how collected and/or created data will be managed during the course of the research, plus how they will be dealt with afterward."  

By magdalena.drafiova on 21/05/2019

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DMPonline release notes: April 2019

In April 2019 DMPonline release we pushed out loads of improvement on plan review and plan formatting. 

By magdalena.drafiova on 26/04/2019

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DMPonline user group: where next?

We've run a couple of user group sessions over the last few weeks and have been processing your ideas to plan our development roadmap. Read on to find out more!

By sarah.jones on 18/04/2019

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DMPonline - information about phasing out for non subscribers and comparison of subscription models

Information for DMPonline administrators about phasing out for non subscribers, and comparison of DMPonline subscription models. 

By magdalena.drafiova on 19/03/2019

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DMPonline: up, up and away

2018 has been action-packed for DMPonline with the launch of the DMPRoadmap codebase, major new releases, the rollout of a new subscription model and switch to multi-tenant deployment of the DCC-hosted service. We have grown from 3 to 23 customers in the last quarter and have been busy visiting our early adopters from Finland and Maastricht in the final days before Christmas to make plans for next year. We welcome a new full-time member of staff to the DMPonline support team in January and are planning a series of training events and user group sessions in Spring. Read full details in the year in review.

By sarah.jones on 19/12/2018

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