Libraries help to Simplify Data Management Planning Process
As researchers are required to articulate plans to manage their data as a prerequisite to submit grants, Drexel University Libraries is excited to announce an evolving consultation service that will assist in their use of the DMPTool. A group of research institutions created this online tool to simplify the process of creating a data management plan. This service helps Drexel researchers to describe plans specific to funding agencies, get support and guidance, and learn about resources and services. As researchers complete the tool's required fields associated with the funding agency requirements, they can quickly produce a text document suitable for ready insertion into a proposal, or a PDF to be shared with collaborators.
Drexel researchers are invited to visit the Libraries' website for guidance on creating an account and begin using the DMPTool. Librarians are available to assist in navigating the process and in exploring options for data management and curation. These consultations are available by contacting Holly Tomren, Head of Metadata Services, via email or at 215-895-2761.
The Libraries seek requests to try the DMPTool in order to learn more about campus needs for navigating research data. Collaborating with other University offices, the Libraries expects to customize the DMPTool for Drexel researchers and to further develop its data management services on campus.
The University maintains an institutional repository, IDEA, for the storage, backup, registration, deposit, and retention of digital objects. It is a centralized virtual space that provides access to unique digital resources produced by the Drexel community and assures permanent open access to the digital works of the institution. In addition, REDCap, a secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies is maintained through Drexel University College of Medicine. Such repositories and tools ensure that research data is accessible and available for re-use with appropriate safeguards, and are reviewed for Libraries' services.