Active Data Management Plans IG


Group details

David Giaretta, Helen Glaves, Kevin Ashley
TAB Liaison: 
Carole Palmer
Case Statement: 

The proposed activity of this group is to act as a nucleus for discussing requirements for and identifying developments needed to support active (i.e. able to evolve and be monitored) data management planning. Working groups will be proposed to carry out work on specific areas of interest.

Currently research data management plans (DMP), created at the proposal stage of a project, do not evolve and cannot be monitored in any detail. The DMP should begin at the planning stage for any dataset, evolving through its entire lifecycle and is therefore fundamental to ensuring that data is appropriately managed, archived, preserved and available for re-use. 

There is very broad interest and willingness to contribute to the work. Preliminary ideas around the concept of ADMPs and potential topics for the working groups have been identified. These include specifying practical tools and services to support the data creators and their organisations in managing and making their data re-usable and also as the data managers and funders that have a requirement to administer and monitor these plans.  The ADMP IG is distinct from, but will need to work with, many other groups including those on certification, domain repositories, metadata and preservation e-infrastructures.

Recent Activity

19 Sep 2016

Slides on Actionable DMPs presented at the joint meeting in Denver

Dear all,
It was great to meet you in Denver. You can find the slides of my
presentation here:
Taking the opportunity, I would like to thank for all the comments I've
I also look forward to further comments and fruitful cooperation.
I believe that together we can make the actionable DMPs become real!
Best wishes!

06 Sep 2016

Future workshop on finding synergies through ADMPs

Dear all,
As those of you who attended the June 2016 workshop at CERN on ADMPs may recall (and/or those who read through the notes from the workshop), a further workshop focussing on finding synergies, leading to potential re-use and/or cost savings was proposed.
As I can’t be in Denver, I am sending this reminder now.
It is foreseen to hold this workshop also at CERN, in either Spring or Summer (northern hemisphere) 2017.
It would focus on projects such as those on the ESFRI roadmap and/or those involving EIROforum institutes and similar worldwide.

09 Aug 2016

Announcement of a Comment Period for the Five Year Review of the Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS) and ISO 16363.

OAIS Overview
The Reference
Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS) was developed for use
in facilitating a broad, discipline independent, consensus on the
requirements for an archive or repository to provide long-term, preservation
of digital information. It was also intended to support the development of
additional digital preservation standards.
An OAIS is an archive consisting of an organization of people and systems
that has accepted the responsibility to preserve information and make it

26 Apr 2016

International and interdisciplinary workshop on Active Data Management, CERN, June 28-30 2016

Dear Colleagues,
We are very pleased to inform you that registration is now OPEN for a workshop addressing the topic of 'active' data management planning that will be convened at CERN on 28 - 30 June 2016.
Space is limited but remote participation will also be possible.
This workshop is co-sponsored both by CERN and the RDA Active Data Management Plans IG.
Initial details of the meeting can be found at:

20 Sep 2015

Related work on data lifecycle phases from formulation to exploitation

The attached file is a cut down version of a document being produced by the group which wrote OAIS (ISO 14721) - all the boiler-plate text has been removed.

The aim of the document is to

"define a framework for gathering information throughout the information lifecycle, from the proposal to the long-term re-use of the resulting information, focusing on the activities needed at each stage which will help to ensure that the data can be optimally exploited over the long term

This is very relevant for the ADMP aims.

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01 Sep 2015

Thoughts for P6

  1. Pieces of data management plans should not be copied from others. Making a data management plan is like following a checklist: you need to think about different aspects of your own project, and become aware of potential data management issues before they become data management problems. Copying an ideal backup policy from a sister project does not help this cause.

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