Towards FAIR Data Management Plans, from principles to practice

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26 Jun 2019

Towards FAIR Data Management Plans, from principles to practice

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Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes:

Part 1. Introductions and grounding (20 mins)

- Active DMPs - the remit and progress 

- Exposing DMP update: Survey implications for institutions and funders, progress on interviews and case studies 

- DMP Common Standards update: refinements and pilot applications


Part 2. FAIR DMPs in practice: lightning talks (4 x 7 mins)

1. Maria Praetzellis (California Digital Library) - Findable plans, findable actions -   identifiers and metadata for DMPs as plans and records of actions/events.

2. Eliane Blumer (EPFL) Accessible DMPs  - DMP catalogues (speaker t.b.c)

3. Sam Rust, (Digital Curation Centre) -  Interoperable DMPs - exploring the RDA Common Standard for DMPs with DMPRoadmap 

4.  Devan Ray Donaldson (Indiana University) - Reusable DMPs to Support LIS Education

Part 3. Discussion

IG Discussion on next steps - 40 mins

- Does the maDMP standard deliver on community needs

- Recommendations on FAIR DMPs - actions for funders, institutions, journals, other stakeholders

- Priorities for new WGs

Meeting objectives: 
  • Provide an introductory grounding in the Active DMP concept and its realisation, including brief progress updates on two associated working groups .
  1. DMP Common Standard WG: development and piloting of the maDMP standard. This complements a  proposed session of this WG titled 'Machine actionable DMPs - take them and use them'.
  2. Exposing DMP WG:  progress on survey analysis and interviewing for use case database and recommendations on making DMPs FAIR.
  • Engage with funders and other stakeholders involved in data management planning
  • Share exemplars of DMP exposure use cases that identify issues in making DMPs findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR)
  • Discuss actions that stakeholders should take to promote the maDMP standard, and change practices towards making DMPs more FAIR
  • Plan next actions, potentially including further working groups
Target Audience: 

We invite anyone with an interest in the success of research data management planning to participate. For example, please join us if you are…

  • a researcher – to let us know what you would hope to achieve by sharing some or all of your DMP content with your peers, potential collaborators and service providers, or concerns about the consequences of doing so
  • a DMP platform provider, repository, journal or other service provider – to discuss how well the maDMP standard supports the exchange of information about research projects' data management requirements and anticipated outputs
  • a research funder/ policy maker – to share your expectations of how wider exposure of DMP content may improve the achievement of policy goals towards FAIR outputs
  • a research facilitator - to discuss the institutional support processes that DMP exposure would benefit or otherwise impact on.

No prior preparation is needed, but some familiarity with the provided links is definitely helpful.

Short Group Status: 
  • Active DMP IG - ongoing and planning further working groups
  • DMP Common Standards WG - in final phase and reporting final outputs at P14 (P13 was planned)
  • Exposing DMP WG - in final phase, conducting interviews and preparing final outputs for reporting at P15 (P14 was planned)
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s): 

Active DMP IG  is a forum for discussing requirements for active (i.e. able to evolve and be monitored) data management planning, and identifying developments needed to support this evolution more effectively for all stakeholders in data management planning, including funders, institutions, service providers and research projects.


DMP Common Standard WG is drafting and piloting a standard for machine-actionable plans (maDMP) to better enable exchange of information between the platforms and people involved in implementing a DMP. This WG reports on its final outputs at P14 Helsinki.


Exposing DMPs WG is surveying community perspectives and practices around the selective sharing of DMP content, to coordinate and improve data management for researchers who write DMPs, and potentially the broader community. This WG will report its final outputs at P15 Australia.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Group chair serving as contact person (responsible for the agreement with the corresponding groups):