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Customising DMPonline

Sarah Jones | 02 September 2013

Please note that updated guidance on customising DMPonline is now available. (10 July 2014)


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

The first thing to do is determine what you need:

  1. Does your institution encourage/require that researchers write Data Management Plans, even if their funder does not require one? If so, what information are researchers asked to provide?
  2. Do DMPs submitted to research funders supply the information your institution asks for (if any), or are there additional questions that you want to ask?
  3. What guidance, examples and suggested answers can you provide to help researchers write DMPs?

Based on your answers to these questions you may wish to create an institutional template - i.e. a set of questions and guidance to present to researchers from your uni - or simply guidance to help researchers answer questions asked by others.

The guidelines provide suggestions of how to develop your DMP questions and guidance, and the accompanying spreadsheet walks you through how to provide this to DCC so we can develop your customised version of DMPonline.

If anything is unclear or you'd like our input, please contact

Guidelines on how to customise DMPonline for your institution

DMPonline customisation spreadsheet[macros need to be enabled]