Collection Spotlight: DMPTool for Writing Data Management Plans

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March 5, 2024, 1 p.m.
DMPTool makes writing Data Management Plans easy!
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by Paul H. Bern, Ph.D., Research Data Services Librarian

Researchers applying for federal grants, and many private grants, are required to publish their data at least by the end of the grant period. Additionally, as part of the grant application, researchers are required to submit a Data Management Plan (DMP), also called a Data Management and Sharing Plan. The DMP outlines how the researcher will organize, secure, preserve and share their data. Although the DMP is usually only a few pages, it is an important part of the proposal as actual funds can be held up until the DMP is acceptable.

DMPTool is an online application that can help you write Data Management Plans. By using a step-by-step approach, DMPTool guides you through the process of preparing a DMP. DMPTool has templates for every federal agency as well as several private agencies. You can add collaborators from any institution as well as request feedback from DMP experts at Syracuse University. Best of all, DMPTool is free!

To access DMPTool, go to and enter your Syracuse University email address (be sure to use your address) and follow the instructions to sign up “with Institution SSO.” Signing up with Syracuse’s SSO will make it easy for you to request feedback as well give you access to other SU resources. Collaborators must also have an account on DMPTool; they can sign up for free even if their institution does not have an affiliation with DMPTool.

For more information on Data Management Planning and a demonstration of DMPTool, please go to the guide for Data Management Planning. To provide feedback or suggest a title to add to the collection, please complete the Resource Feedback Form.

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