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DMP Assistant: bilingual tool for preparing data management plans (DMPs)

DMP Assistant is a bilingual tool for preparing data management plans (DMPs). The tool follows best practices in data stewardship and walks researchers step-by-step through key questions about data management.

DMP Assistant was adapted from the (UK) Digital Curation Centre’s DMPOnline tool and is hosted at the University of Alberta. The French user interface was produced with support from the Université de Montréal Library. It is freely available to all researchers in Canada and provides specialized guidance to help researchers utilize the tool to develop their plan. It also offers the option of fulfilling DMP requirements of specific funders (listed below) or using templates from other organizations.

  • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

DataQ: A collaborative platform for answering research data questions in academic libraries

DataQ is a collaborative platform for the community to use to ask and answer questions related to research data support in academic libraries. Library staff from any institution may submit questions on research data topics to the DataQ website, where questions are reviewed by an Editorial Team of experts with additional support from an active pool of Project Volunteers. Answers to these questions, from both the community and the Editorial Team, are posted to the DataQ website and include links to resources and tools, best practices, and practical approaches to working with researchers to address specific research data issues. 

University of British Columbia Library: Research Data Management (RDM) Website

University of British Columbia Library release their Research Data Management (RDM) website at

The website is designed to be service-oriented. Four sections, Learn; Plan; Share and Find guide users to the RDM advice and systems solutions that meet their current needs. The Learn section includes a DataGuide (CC BY 3.0) - a quick standalone guide developed to get people started on Research Data Management, which could be re-used and adapted. 

The website also features the library's current systems offerings for managing research data, including the UBC instance of Dataverse ( and UBC Library's digital preservation system, cIRcle.

Research Data Management Training online course

The Research Data Management Training, or MANTRA project has produced an open, online training course for PhD and early career researchers to learn best practices in data management.

In addition to the interactive, online module which covers data management topics such as Organising Your Data, there are downloadable software modules covering data handling skills in SPSS, R, NVivo and ArcGIS.

The resource was created by EDINA and Data Library, University of Edinburgh, and was funded by the JISC Managing Research Data programme.

Irish Qualitative Data Archive: Best Practice in Archiving Qualitative Data

The Irish Qualitative Data Archive: Best Practice in Archiving Qualitative Data (PDF) handbook is intended to introduce the researcher and data curator to the issues they need to consider when developing an archiving strategy appropriate to their qualitative data set. The guidelines apply principally to textual data that have been generated in qualitative research projects.

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Research Cyberinfrastructure: Data Management Planning

UCSD Research Cyberinfrastructure: Data Management Planning contains resources, examples, and links to guides on writing a data management plan. Strong National Science Foundation (NSF) focus.

UK Data Archive: Managing and Sharing Data: Best Practice for Researchers

The UK Data Archive's guide Managing and Sharing Data: Best Practice for Researchers (PDF) provides guidance to support researchers in producing high quality research data that can be shared and re-used beyond the primary research. The guidance covers:

  • Why and how to share research data
  • Data management planning and costing
  • Documenting data
  • Formatting data
  • Storing data and data security
  • Ethics and consent for data sharing and re-use
  • Data copyright
  • Data management strategies for large investments

UK Data Archive: Create and Manage Data

UK Data Archive: Create and Manage Data provides best practice guidance for researchers on creating and managing data. Guidance covers data management and sharing planning, consent and ethics in data sharing, data ownership and copyright, documenting data, formatting data, storing data, data security and data management strategies for large-scale research investments.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries: Data Management and Publishing

The MIT Libraries Data Management and Publishing guide is aimed to provide academic researchers with practical tips for research data management. Includes guidance on a range of topics, covering both managing data during a project and sharing/archiving data upon completion. Includes page on developing data management plans.

Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2)

The Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2) maintains projects and research for facilitating data curation. Includes an extensive list of data repositories that is searchable and browsable.

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