Reviewing Data Management Plans

30 November 2016 |

Data management planning of some form has been accepted good practice for many years as a means to ensure that data outputs are managed appropriately. This helps to ensure they are discoverable, reusable and preserved, or conversely – in the case of sensitive data – to be kept under wraps. The production of data management plans (DMPs) is mandated by an increasing number of funders worldwide, and universities increasingly seek to provide services to support researchers in this activity.

This half-day workshop will provide an introduction to reviewing DMPs and will look at several examples in greater detail to put the principles into practice. We will use assessment rubrics to evaluate plans against a range of different funder requirements to gain practical experience that can aid in providing support services. The agenda will include a mixture of presentations and workshops, allowing opportunities for questions and discussion.

By the end of this workshop participants will:

  • Understand funder requirements for data management plans
  • Learn how to review DMPs and get pointers on what to look for
  • Gain experience of using assessment rubrics to perform evaluations
  • Take away ideas and resources to provide support at their own institutions

Who should attend?

This course will be of interest to librarians, research administrators, IT officers and other research support staff who may be assisting researchers with Data Management Plans.






Lunch and registration




Jonathan Rans


How to review DMPs

  • How are funders evaluating plans?
  • What makes a ‘good’ DMP?
  • Lessons from the DART project and others
  • Developing assessment rubrics

Sarah Jones


Exercise: reviewing DMPs

  • Evaluating example DMPs against funder requirements using assessment rubrics provided

AHRC evaluation rubric

AHRC example DMP - Virtual Holocaust Memory

AHRC example DMP - Scots Syntactic Atlas

BBSRC evaluation rubric

BBSRC example DMP - Drosophila Genetics

BBSRC examples DMP - University of Bristol

H2020 evaluation rubric

H2020 example DMP - Helix Nebula

H2020 example DMP - AutoPost


(Coffee available during exercise)


Supporting DMPs at your institution

  • Example templates and guidance
  • Details of institutional DMP support
  • Discuss lessons from the UK HE sector and beyond  

Jonathan Rans


Further questions/wrap up






Costs and Registration

The cost of the workshop is £150 and includes all refreshments and lunch. Register now.

Full day registration is £270 and includes Introduction to Research Data Management and Reviewing Data Management Plans.