DMPonline at OpenAIRE-COAR 2014

21 May, 2014

On 20th May 2014 I presented DMPonline at an OpenAIRE-COAR 2014 pre-conference workshop in Athens, Greece. The workshop took place in the context of the EC Horizon 2020 Data Pilot and with particular reference to the manual that the EC has provided for the pilot.

What I’d like to do here is outline some of the key points and to address some that were raised during the presentation and subsequently, and also provide links to relevant resources.

Firstly, anyone from anywhere can register with and use DMPonline. The list of organisations when registering is composed almost entirely of UK institutions, but there is an “other” option which allows you to enter the name of your organisation.

There is already a Horizon 2020 template in DMPonline, based on the annexes to the EC manual for the Data Pilot.

Do you want to get your organisation featured in DMPonline? Get in touch. If you are a funder who would like to have a template in DMPonline, if you are an institution who would like to provide customised guidance or templates for your researchers or even if you would just like to be listed in the organisations list on the registration and plan creation pages, please let us know.

When summing up at the end of the workshop, Chuck Humphrey from the University of Alberta, Canada mentioned his institution’s own instance of DMPonline, underlining the fact that DMPonline is open-source and available on GitHub. Feel free to download and install it, fork it or, in particular, contribute to development. We have a small team and lots that we would like to do - if there’s something that you would really like to see added to DMPonline, please consider whether you can contribute developer effort to it. Even if that isn’t the case, please raise and discuss issues on GitHub, whether desired enhancements or bugs, to help us make DMPonline better.

DMPonline is designed in such a way that the interface can be translated into other languages with minimal developer effort. There are a few interface elements where this is not the case, and we’re working to address this, but translations are another area where would welcome input from the community.

There are new features on the way. We’re currently beta testing features to allow institutional administrators to edit the custom guidance, templates and suggested answers that are displayed to their users. Once that’s rolled out, the next version is expected to feature big improvements in export functionality, giving users a wider choice of formats and more control over what is included in an exported plan and how it is presented. We’ll be publishing a roadmap soon, outlining what is lined up for future versions and inviting feedback on what else should be included and how new features should be prioritised. Watch this space.