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November 7, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Research Data Management Tool From UC Libraries and Partners

The University of California (UC) and several other major research institutions have partnered to develop the DMPTool, a flexible online application to help researchers generate data management plans, which are simple but effective documents for ensuring good data stewardship. 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 DMPTool supports data management plans and funder requirements across disciplines, including the humanities and physical, medical, and social sciences.

“Many funding agencies require a data sharing plan be included in their applications.  How to accomplish this is a challenge for our principal investigators, given that retention of research data is now much more than retaining all original notebooks, but includes storing of massive amounts of electronic data. … The availability of the new Data Management Planning Tool will prove invaluable in assisting them in the management of their data and complying with these agency requirements,” states Charles Louis, vice chancellor for research, UC Riverside. 

The DMPTool is open source, freely available, and easily configurable to reflect an institution’s local policies and information.  Users of the DMPTool can view sample plans, preview funder requirements, and view the latest changes to their plans.  It permits the user to create an editable document for submission to a funding agency. It can also accommodate different versions as funding requirements change.  Not only can researchers use the tool to generate plans compliant to funder requirements, but institutions can also use the tool to present information and policies relevant to data management and to foster collaboration among faculty, the institutional libraries, contracts and grants offices, and academic computing. 

Project partners include the University of California Curation Center at the California Digital Library, the UCLA Library, the UC San Diego Libraries, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Virginia Library, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, DataONE, and the U.K.’s Digital Curation Centre.  Working collaboratively, these institutions have consolidated their expertise and reduced their costs. 

Source: University of California Libraries

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