New templates for IMLS

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) changed its data management plan requirements, by expanding the scope to include research data, other digital content, and software tools and applications. Although IMLS uses just one form for these new requirements, we decided to split it into three DMPTool templates. Each of the new DMPTool templates for the IMLS consists of one section on Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights and section(s) specific to the type of digital products from the proposed project.

IMLS changed its requirements in 2014. Unfortunately, it has taken us a while to add them to the DMPTool, as we discussed the best way to represent them. One template or three? Keeping them as one had several disadvantages, with the most significant disadvantage being its length. We also think that most people will need only one of the sections for any given project. Unfortunately, splitting them into three caused problems with the automatic numbering that the DMPTool added to sections of the plans when saved to PDF or RTF. The numbers didn’t match the section numbers in the IMLS requirements. We’ve removed the automatic numbering, and now have released the new templates. We hope these are useful to researchers applying for grants from the IMLS.

US Dept of Energy data management requirements now supported in DMPTool

On July 31, 2014 the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science issued new requirements for the management of digital research data.  Those requirements are now available in the DMPTool.  All proposals for research funding submitted to the Office of Science will be required to include a Data Management Plan that describes whether and how the digital research data generated in the course of the proposed research  will be shared and preserved.

The new requirements were formulated in response to a February 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy directive requiring all Federal agencies over $100 million in R&D expenditures ensuring that recipients of research grant sand contract develop Data Management Plans as part of their research proposals.

The new requirements will appear in funding solicitations and invitations issued by the Office of Science beginning October 1, 2014.  A statement of the new requirements, including guidance on development of a Data Management Plan, can be found on the Office of Science website at

DMPTool workshop at DataONE Users Group Meeting, July 7

The DMPTool partners are pleased to announce a half-day workshop at the upcoming DataONE Users Group meeting in Frisco, CO July 6th and 7th.

Reduced rate hotel reservations can be made at:
DataONE Users Group Meeting
until Thursday June 5th.

The half day workshop on the afternoon of Monday July 7th will introduce the recently released version 2 of the widely used DMPTool.

It will introduce new and existing users to data management plan requirements, features of the new tool for the completion of comprehensive Data Management Plans that meet funder requirements, highlight key features for specific user groups, and will culminate with hands-on practice using the tool. All stakeholders are invited, with particular emphasis on researchers, research administrators, funders, and librarians/IT managers.

Registration for the workshop, and the broader DataONE User Group (DUG) meeting, is free. Further information on the DUG, meeting and workshop agendas (see also below) and registration information is available at:

Attendees can register directly at:
DataONE Users Group Meeting website.

The workshop will be led by:

  • Andrew Sallans (Center for Open Science)
  • Patricia Cruse (California Digital Library)
  • Amber Budden (DataONE)

We look forward to seeing you there.


  1. Overview of data management planning requirements
  2. Creating a plan with the DMPTool; funder templates, collaborative workspace, supporting materials
  3. Specialized tracks (hands-on section):
    • Researchers: writing and collaborating on data management plans
    • Research administrators/funders/librarians/IT managers:
      customization of the DMPTool for institutions, funders, etc.
  4. Next Steps and feedback; round table discussion exploring usability of the current tool and desired functionality for v3.

DMPTool maintenance, Thu Sept 26, 6:00am-7:30am (PDT)

Gear Wheels

Gear Wheels Source: Flickr, Username: freefotouk

The DMPTool will be unavailable on Thursday Sept 26 from 6:00am-7:30am (PDT) to perform routine maintenance. It’s possible that the maintenance won’t require the entire period, but we’re scheduling the downtime for 90 minutes. Please contact us at with any questions or concerns. We apologize for the inconvenience.