DataONE, a National Science Foundation funded project led by Dr. Bill Michener, professor and director of the e-Science Program within the University Libraries at UNM, the California Digital Library and partners were awarded a $590,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund further development of the popular Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool) in 2013.

The bulk of the grant will go to the UC Curation Center (UC3) at the CDL to fund improvements to the DMPTool including expanded functionality, training modules, documentation and the creation of an open-source community to sustain the DMPTool in the future. Project partners are the California Digital Library, University of Virginia Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, and DataONE.

Datasets are the currency of scientific and intellectual advancement. Despite this reality, most researchers are not aware of how best to manage their data. The DMPTool, launched in October 2011, is a freely available web application that addresses this need by guiding users through the process of creating a data management plan for a range of funders.

The current version of the DMPTool provides an easy to use interface that:

  • Helps users create data management plans for specific funding agencies,

  • Provides step-by-step instructions and guidance for how to manage data, and

  • Provides information about resources and services available to researchers to help fulfill the data management requirements.


The Sloan Foundation funding will support a second version, DMPTool2, that will:

  • Promote the practice of data management, sharing, and preservation, emphasizing the utility of best practices beyond meeting funder requirements.

  • Enable institutions to easily shape and exploit the DMPTool to meet local need.

  • Foster the emergence of an engaged open source community of DMPTool users and developers.

  • Maintain transparency in all project activities to facilitate community involvement.

  • Increase the depth and breadth of the tool's coverage for funder and institutional data management requirements.

  • Enable collaboration and connect stakeholders to each other and institutional resources, including services, expertise and guidance.

  • Provide support for the full data management life cycle, including provision for collaborative plan authorship, and review and reporting by institutional administrators.


DataONE will be responsible for engaging with researchers that directly interact with the DMPTool2 to provide usability testing and feedback and will participate in educational workshops and other DMPTool2 outreach activities.

About DataONE

DataONE is the foundation of new innovative environmental science through a distributed framework and sustainable cyber-infrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data.  Supported by a $20 million award made as part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) DataNet program (Grant #OCI-0830944), and with coordination nodes at the University of New Mexico, University of California Santa Barbara, and University of Tennessee, DataONE represents a collaboration of universities and government agencies coalesced to address the mounting need for organizing and serving up vast amounts of highly diverse and inter-related but often heterogeneous, scientific data.
DataONE partners include the University of New Mexico, University of Kansas, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the United States Geological Survey.

About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant-making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance. and to improve the quality of American life.

For more information contact: Service manager Perry Willett perry.willett@ucop.edu, project associate Carly Strasser carly.strasser@ucop.edu or DataONE Director for community engagement and outreach, Amber Budden aebudden@dataone.unm.edu