Future plans

The DCC is collaborating with the DMPTool team to develop a joint codebase for Data Management Planning called DMP Roadmap. Both of our tools will be delivered using this in the future. We've agreed what features need to be included and are planning a few sprints to deliver these. The initial release will include all of the main priorities we already had flagged, including:

  • - APIs to create plans, extract guidance and generate statistics from DMPonline
  • - Multi-lingual support so foreign language versions can be presented
  • - Locales to provide a refined set of content for particular countries or other contexts
  • - A lifecycle to indicate the status of DMPs and allow institutional access to plans
  • - Support for reviewing Data Management Plans

DMPonline has an active and growing user base, and we are grateful to the members who suggest ideas for new and improved features. If you would like to help shape our future plans, please join the user group. More information on how you can engage with us is available under the 'Get involved' tab.


Current release

The current version of DMPonline is 4.2. This was released in August 2015 and included Institutional branding, optional guidance for funders, improvements to the question area, improvements to the admin interface, GitHub pull requests, new seed file, and an update of the gemfile.

The code is available on GitHub


Previous release

The previous version of DMPonline is 4.1. This 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. Full details can be found in the release note and associated documents.


DMPonline is developed and maintained by the UK Digital Curation Centre. We’re a small team, and are happy to collaborate with others. There are various ways you can get involved:

Join the user group

We run a listserv for the DMPonline user group that you can request to join. We also host periodic meetings to consult on our plans. Being part of the user group gives you the opportunity to be informed about future developments and to provide feedback to help shape our plans.

Our user group sessions are usually focused around a certain topic (e.g. fleshing out use cases for an API) so invites are sent based on your areas of expertise. It is helpful for us to know your role and interests to invite relevant people to each session. Please introduce yourself on the list and share your ideas.

Notes from previous user group sessions are provided below:

Please let us know your interests and share your ideas for future developments via the mailing list so the community as a whole can feedback on them.


Customise DMPonline

DMPonline can be customised by institutions and disciplines. You can add templates for users in your organisation and tailored guidance that explains local support and services. Example answers can also be offered to help users understand what to write in a Data Management Plan. To do this you’ll need to request admin access, so please email us on dmponline@dcc.ac.uk.

Futher guidance on customising DMPonline is available on the DCC website.


Contribute to the code

DMPonline is a Ruby on Rails application. The source code is made available under a GNU Affero General Public License. This permits others to reuse the code freely, but obligates you to share the source code for any extensions in the same way. Please inform us if you install an instance of DMPonline and offer your contributions back to the community.

If you install an instance of DMPonline we require that you credit the DCC as originators of the tool. We recommend that the acknowledgement takes the form of the DMPonline logo with a link back to the DCC-hosted version of the tool.

We are willing to work with external developers to add new features to the tool. We are also open to delivering new features on a chargeable basis. If there are extensions you would like to see prioritised and have resource to support additional developer effort, please contact us on dmponline@dcc.ac.uk to negotiate terms.


Support our work

We are impressed by the uptake of DMPonline both in the UK and internationally and are really keen to hear how you are using the tool and promoting it in your context. We are aware that others have run training courses, developed guidance materials and advocated use of the tool. Please notify us of this as it helps to show impact.

We are currently investigating options for revenue generation. This will help us serve the increased demand more effectively and safeguard the long-term sustainability of DMPonline. Plans will be released for consultation soon but we also welcome your suggestions on how best to support our work.