CARL’s Portage announces the launch of DMP Assistant

21 October, 2015 | in DCC News
By: Joy Davidson

The DCC are delighted to share this press release on the launch of DMP Assistant, a new bilingual data management planning tool
As part of its Portage initiative, CARL announced the launch of DMP Assistant on October 21st. This national, open, bilingual data management planning tool will assist researchers throughout their projects.
Data management plans (DMPs) are widely recognized in the international research community as a best practice. DMP Assistant (Assistant PGD in French) takes users step-by-step through a series of questions based on a general template for research data stewardship. It is freely available to all researchers in Canada and provides specialized guidance to help researchers utilize the tool to develop their plan. It also offers the option of fulfilling DMP requirements of specific funders or using templates from other organizations.
DMP Assistant was adapted from the (UK) Digital Curation Centre’s DMPOnline tool and is hosted at the University of Alberta. The French user interface was produced with support from the Université de Montréal Library. A Portage DMP Experts Group, composed of data librarians from a number of Canadian universities, developed the general data stewardship template and conducted usability tests with researchers and other stakeholders. “This was a truly collaborative effort that drew on the expanding data management expertise in libraries and their universities across Canada,” said Jeff Moon, chair of the Portage DMP Experts Group.
DMP Assistant will receive ongoing support from the Portage network to ensure that it remains up-to-date and relevant. “We are delighted to announce the launch of this valuable tool to support data stewardship in Canada,” stated Chuck Humphrey, Director of Portage. “This is Portage’s first step in building a set of sustainable, practical national services for research data management.”
For more information, please contact Chuck Humphrey, Portage Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries ( or Susan Haigh, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries (
Portage is a national research data management initiative to assist researchers and other research data management stakeholders through a library-based network of expertise on RDM and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data. Portage is managed by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and was launched in May 2015.
Portage DMP Experts Group:
Eugene Barsky, University of British Columbia
Jay Brodeur, McMaster University
Talia Chung, University of Ottawa
Carla Graebner, Simon Fraser University
Alex Guindon, Concordia University
Chuck Humphrey, Portage
Amber Leahey, Scholars Portal
Jeff Moon, Queen’s University (Chair)
Carol Perry, University of Guelph
Kathleen Shearer, CARL
Portage DMP Technical Committee:
Chuck Humphrey, Portage
Umar Qasim, University of Alberta
Diane Sauvé, Université de Montréal
Kathleen Shearer, CARL
Weiwei Shi, University of Alberta
Marie-Hélène Vézina, Université de Montréal