Research data management organiser

Start: Nov. 1, 2015

Status: in progress

RDMO develops a tool to support the systematic planning, organization and implementation of research data management. Additionally, a data management plan (DMP) can be created in the form of a text document. My contribution is the development of the software, but I have also participated in all other activities of the project, especially the dissemination in the community.

DMPs explain how and with which means the research data generated during a project and for the subsequent period is saved and made accessible. In the past, special online tools were developed by several institutions to provide scientists with a tool for creating these DMPs. The pioneers here are the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) in the UK with DMPonline, the California Digital Library (CDL) with the DMPTool and the University of Bielefeld in Germany.

The main purpose of these instruments is to support researchers in the creation of DMPs according to the specifications of the respective sponsor. While these tools are useful tools in the application process, they are essentially limited to the questions relevant for this purpose and therefore do not exploit the full potential of DMP. In addition to the documentation of the research data management, DMPs can also serve to optimize the planning of the research data management in advance, to support the implementation in the course of the project - so to speak as a guideline - and thus to increase the efficiency and quality of scientific work. In this case, the scientist would probably be more motivated to create a DMP for his or her own benefit.

RDMO provides a tool that supports the structured planning, implementation and administration of research data management instead of just generating a text for funding applications, based on external and in-house preparatory work (in particular the WissGrid Guide to Research Data Management).

The target group is all actors involved in research data management and not just the researchers. The application is sufficiently adaptable in terms of content and technology to take account of both disciplinary and institutional differences. Particular attention is paid to local installation and embedding in existing IT administration processes.