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EOSC Future grant: Enhancing RDA DMP Common Standard for Machine-Actionable DMPs


The current RDA DMP Common Standard specification has several issues affecting its usability and the possibility for others to contribute. Mainly, not having a single source of truth in the specification causes issues with consistency and community contributions. There are also other issues related to making new releases of the standard, or its website. This project, therefore, analysed and addressed those by applying expertise from software engineering, especially processes verified by practice in open-source software. As a consequence, it improved the quality and consistency of the standard and facilitate its adoption by a wider range of stakeholders. One of the main goals was to introduce maintainable single source of truth for the standard. This also helps with automating distribution and verification, e.g., generating documentation or checking there is no inconsistency in the standard. Finally, there was a clear way on how to extend the standard or directly contribute to it.

People and Organisations

Marek Suchánek is a double-degree PhD candidate at the Faculty of Information Technology, CTU in Prague as well as Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Antwerp. His passion for software engineering and ontology engineering has led him to focus on cutting-edge projects related to FAIR data, data stewardship, and Open Science. He is designing and developing novel solutions and improving existing ones that are widely used. One of his most prominent projects is the Data Stewardship Wizard, a data management planning tool that utilizes smart questionnaires and versatile document templates. Marek is also involved in other noteworthy projects such as FAIR Data Point, Smart City Compass, FAIR Data Station, or RDMkit. Marek actively participates in ELIXIR and RDA, striving to improve the way we approach data management and Open Science.

Domain: Software Engineering / Data Stewardship

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Sustainable Development Goals