DMPTool and DMPonline workshop

Read about the DMPTool and DMPonline workshop at IDCC in San Francisco

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Usability testing of DMPonline version 4.0

Last year we conducted a comprehensive study of DMPonline version 3.0 using various research methods, such as focus groups, guided interviews, heuristic evaluations and usability testing. The findings signaled a clear need for change and the results can be seen in DMPonline 4.0. We now have the opportunity to compare results from two rounds of usability testing (of versions 3.0 and 4.0 beta) to establish whether the interface of the tool has been improved.

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DMPonline v.4 launches

We're pleased to announce that the DCC has just launched a new and improved version of DMPonline, our web-based tool for creating Data Management Plans.

This new release marks a major progression in terms of usability. The evaluation showed that users had difficulties creating a mental model of how the tool worked. We’ve simplified the concepts behind the tool and responded to requests to shorten the DCC Checklist and ask funder questions directly instead.

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How does DMPonline v.4 work?

We’ve made some major changes to DMPonline this year in light of user feedback:

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DMPonline Beta update

Following on from the recent unveiling of the development version of the new DMPonline, an updated version is now available.

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DMPonline Development Progress


We've been redeveloping DMPonline from the ground up following a review of the current version. We're making good progress and have now opened up our GitHub repository and deployed our code on our development server. There's still quite a bit to do but we're expecting to make a lot of progress in the next few weeks.

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Customising DMPonline

We've been developing some guidelines on how to customise DMPonline for your institution.

This news item tells you how to get started and provides the guidelines and spreadsheet that you need to download.

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New Checklist for a Data Management Plan

We received lots of feedback that we should shorten the DCC Checklist for a Data Management Plan and have managed to condense it to 13 questions and some basic administrative information. More detailed questions are used as pointers to help researchers decide how to respond and we've enhanced the guidance.

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DMPonline - current status

The DCC announced future development plans for its data management planning tool (DMPonline) in January 2013. In this post, Kevin Ashley provides an update on the current status of those plans.

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Future plans for DMPonline

Data management planning is a topic of increasing importance to researchers, their host institutions and research funders alike. Increasing numbers of funders require plans as part of grant proposals; some are already assessing the quality of these plans as part of bid assessment; and some require further planning to be carried out for successful proposals and are discussing ways to monitor the execution of plans and compliance with funder requirements.

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