Enabling machine actionability of Data Management Plans

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16 October 2020 1547 reads

The lessons we have picked-up from the adoption process is that there is real value in adopting as early as possible the application profile. This helps to identify missing features and to give feedback on the use-case which may or may not be inline with the original intentions.



Data management plans hold a lot of valuable information that is relevant for planning purposes, or directly useful for service provisioning. Currently, the plans have a structure that makes it difficult to extract information. Being able to extract the information would help to streamline the process of allocating services as the users would not need to supply the same information they provided in the plan.

The RDA outputs adopted: 

The Common Standard Metadata Application Profile which is produced by the DMP Common Standards WG.

The impact of the adoption: 

All DMP tool providers are dedicated to adopting the RDA application profile. This makes it easier for service providers to consume the information since all plans will follow the same schema. It also means that tools developed for administration of the plans (e.g. identifying how many plans are using specified services, how many plans are funded by certain agencies, etc.) will have a wide applicability. 

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