Advisory boards established

In support of the current grant project efforts, we are pleased to announce the establishment of two advisory boards.  One board will focus on the interests and needs of researchers using the DMPTool, and the other will focus on administrative users (ie. librarians, IT personnel, sponsored research officers, funders, etc.).  Our hope is that these two groups will provide necessary concrete and direct advice on how the DMPTool project team can better direct efforts to meet the needs of our various constituencies.  We plan to seek feedback on application functionality, DMPTool content, community engagement, and overall value for their constituents.  Boards will meet virtually on roughly a quarterly basis, scheduled around key milestones where feedback is most needed.

Researcher Advisory Board:

The board is intended to represent the interest of all researchers, scholars, and scientists who use the DMPTool for preparation of data management plans and discovery/access of support resources.

  • Laurie Burgess, Associate Chair, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Bruce Campbell, Geophysicist, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
  • John W.Cobb, Research and Development Staff Member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Michael Denslow, Assistant Director for Scientific Research Collections, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
  • Heather Henkel, Information Technology Specialist, United States Geological Survey
  • Puneet Kishor, Project Coordinator for Science and Data, Creative Commons
  • Sharon Leon, Director of Public Projects and Research Associate Professor, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
  • Keith Micoli, Director of the Postdoctoral Program and Coordinator of Ethics Program, Sackler Institute, New York University School of Medicine
  • Jim Regetz, Scientific Programmer/Analyst, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
  • Angela Rizk-Jackson, Biomedical Informatics Project Manager, Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), University of California, San Francisco
  • Mary Vardigan, Assistant Director and Director, Collection Delivery, Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

Administrative User Advisory Board:

The board is intended to represent the perspective of the administrative and institutional support user group (ie. librarians, IT managers, sponsored research officers, etc.) using the DMPTool to enhance the quality of data management plans from institutional researchers, gain insights into practices and behaviors, and to promote education and best practices in data management planning.

  • Lisa Federer, Health and Life Sciences Librarian, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
  • Mike Frame, Chief of Scientific Data Integration and Visualization, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Patricia Hswe, Digital Content Strategist and Head, ScholarSphere User Services, University Libraries, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Andrew Maffei, Senior Information Systems Specialist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Paolo Mangiafico, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications Technology, Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication, Perkins Library, Duke University
  • Holly Mercer, Associate Dean of Libraries for Scholarly Communication & Research Services, Director, Newfound Press, University of Tennessee
  • Susan Parham, Head, Scholarly Communication & Digital Curation, Georgia Institute of Technology Library
  • Rebecca Snyder, Digital Media Specialist, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Thea Vicari, Director, Sponsored Projects Services, Office of Research, University of California, Merced
  • Alan Wolf, Assistant CIO for Advanced Computing Infrastructure, Office of the CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thank you to these individuals for their contributions.

With all successful pursuits comes governance…

Following two years of collaboration and development of the DMPTool, it now seems the appropriate time to address the lingering questions of “who’s in charge of this thing?” and “what does it mean to be a Partner?”.  The DMPTool team is pleased to now introduce a formal collaboration agreement and set of operating principles to guide the continued efforts, enable broader community engagement, and facilitate collaboration with the data management community.  This seemed like a smart and necessary move as the service has seen users from over 650 institutions and continues to gain interest and diversity in application.  Additionally, this structure will dovetail nicely with the advisory organizations and community-building activities made possible through our current Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and IMLS grants.

Here are the highlights:

  • A DMPTool Steering Group will coordinate all technical, content, and community development activities.  This group will be comprised of DMPTool Partners who have made significant contributions to the DMPTool community and are eager to help guide it’s future.
  • DMPTool Partners will now be defined as institutions, corporations, individuals, or other groups who have signed the collaboration agreement, made the commitment to use the DMPTool technical and content framework via an authenticated connection, and contribute to the community in some other way as well.  We will be working to enroll institutions currently using the DMPTool over the course of the next month.
  • In the interest of building a stronger and more cohesive community, we will now accept new Partners via the following process:
    1. Express interest to the DMPTool Steering Group by writing
    2. Sign the Collaboration Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding.
    3. Establish institutional authentication with the DMPTool.

While the Collaboration Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding is NOT a contract, it does serve as a set of common operating principles for the growth and operation of this service and community effort.  Until DMPTool2 is released, we will house the governance process information on the DMPTool BitBucket wiki pages here: 

We hope that this new structure provides the community with a clear path for decision-making, opportunities for integration with other software and systems, and quite simply, a better-defined entity to affiliate with in order to build community.

The DMPTool team looks forward to your involvement!

-Andrew Sallans & Patricia Cruse, Co-Conveners of the DMPTool Steering Group