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Research Data Management

This guide provides best practices and resources for managing your research data for any discipline.

DMPTool & DMPonline

dmptool logoWe’re delighted to announce a successful launch of DMPTool version 3.1 today (April 20, 2021). This release adds new functionality to the tool. 

  • ID's for DMPs: Within the Finalize/Publish tab users can “Register” their plan and generate a DMP ID. The DMP ID will then display within the tool and link to a landing page for the plan. 
  • DMP ID Landing Page (sample): After receiving a DMP ID, the system will generate a DMP landing page that includes high level details about the plan. The DMP ID metadata does not include the narrative components of a DMP. It does demonstrate the types of connections made possible by tracking a research project over time from the point of DMP creation.  
  • Research Outputs tab: The new Research Outputs tab allows researchers to describe specific project outputs at a more granular and controlled manner than was previously possible solely via the text narrative. Researchers can create an unlimited number of specific research outputs. All entered outputs are included in the downloaded version of the plan, placed after the narrative component of the plan so as not to interfere with funder page count limits.  

Currently the DMPTool supports 296 institutions and more than 59,000 users worldwide. The new DMPTool retains all of the existing functionality plus some handy new things, all in a shiny new package. 

For everyone

The DMPTool is a free online application that helps researchers create data management plans.  It provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with specific funder requirements.  It includes direct links to relevant documents in the funder websites, help text for answering questions, and resources for best practices about research data management.  You login through NetBadge, and it includes links to UVa policies and resources that we have developed in addition to the ones built into the tool.

It was developed by the California Digital Library and the University of Virginia Library, and six other institutional collaborators.  The original version was released in November 2011, and the revised version in May 2014.  Funding for the revision was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

It is built on the same source code as the UK's DMPOnline tool which provides templates and guidance for Uk and EU funders. 

DMPTool General Information

Terms of use & Privacy policy:

The California Digital Library (CDL) is supported by the University of California (UC). Our primary constituency is the UC research community; in addition, we provide services to the United States and international higher education sector. 


DMPTool ('the tool', 'the system') is a tool developed by the CDL and the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) as a shared resource for the research community. It is hosted at CDL by the University of California Curation Center (UC3). 

Your personal details

In order to help identify and administer your account with the DMPTool, we need to store your email address. We may also use it to contact you to obtain feedback on your use of the tool, or to inform you of the latest developments or releases. The information may be transferred between the CDL and DCC partner organizations but only for legitimate CDL purposes. We will not sell, rent, or trade any personal information you provide to us. 

Privacy policy

The information you enter into this system can be seen by you, people you have chosen to share access with, and—solely for the purposes of maintaining the service—system administrators at the CDL. We compile anonymized, automated, and aggregated information from plans, but we will not directly access, make use of, or share your content with anyone beyond CDL and your home institution without your permission. Authorized users at your home institution may access your plans for specific purposes—for example, to track compliance with funder/institutional requirements, to calculate storage requirements, or to assess demand for data management services across disciplines. For a detailed description of what information (other than the plans) we collect from visitors to this website and how it is used and managed, please see the CDL Privacy Policy and Baseline Supporting Practices.

Freedom of Information

The CDL holds your plans on your behalf, but they are your property and responsibility. Any FOIA applicants will be referred back to your home institution. 


Your password is stored in encrypted form and cannot be retrieved. If forgotten it has to be reset. 

Google Analytics opt-out

As noted in the CDL privacy policy, this website uses Google Analytics to capture and analyze usage statistics. You may choose to opt-out of having your website activity tracked by Google Analytics. To do so, visit the Google Analytics opt-out page and install the add-on for your browser. 

Third party APIs

Certain features on this website utilize third party services and APIs such as InCommon/Shibboleth or third party hosting of common JavaScript libraries or web fonts. Information used by an external service is governed by the privacy policy of that service. CDL does not control how information may be used by these services. 


This statement was last revised on October 5, 2017 and may be revised at any time. Use of the tool indicates that you understand and agree to these terms and conditions.

If you’d like to learn more, or just keep up with the project, follow the DMPTool Blog, the DMP Roadmap GitHub, or the main DMPTool Github site

The DMPTool currently supports the following US funders: NSF, DOE, NIJ (DOJ), Alfred P. Sloan, GoMRI, Gordon & Betty Moore, IMLS, IES (Dept. of Education), NASA, NEH-ODH, NIH (GDS & generic), NOAA, USDA-NIFA, DoD, and USGS.

The DMPonline tool has templates for UK and EU funders.

They currently support the Arts & Humanities Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Commission (Horizon 2020), the Medical Research Council, the NSF, the Natural Environmental Research Council, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Wellcome Trust, and the ZonMw (Netherlands).