Active Data Management Plans: how far have we come in the changing landscape

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11 Jun 2023
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This session is organized by the Active Data Management Plans IG that acts as a nucleus for discussing requirements for and identifying developments needed to support active (i.e. able to evolve and be monitored) data management planning. The aim of the session is twofold: 

  1. to communicate the latest developments in enabling an ecosystem of integrated software that automates the DMP process in different settings.

  2. to identify the areas where more attention needs to be provided and design the WGs that could enhance them.

Subsequently, the objectives are to:

  • Get informed about new developments and inspire further adoption of active DMPs.

  • Collect best practices and use cases to form a new output or publication, also in collaboration with the Engaging Researchers with Data IG and their Cookbook.

  • Align practices across regions to more effectively support researchers’ activities at a global scale.

  • Provide the space for constructive discussions on the transformation of the DMP landscape.

  • Create new WGs based on the identified gaps.

  • Gather interest from participants who would like to contribute to the IG and WGs activities. 

Meeting agenda: 

Part 1 - Active DMPs today

  • Welcome and introductions: Get to know the community (5 min)

  • Lightning talks session by invited speakers (35 min)

Part 2 - Active DMPs in 2030

  • Discussion: What’s more to do as a community? (20 min)

  • Break out sessions to highlight actions per stakeholder group needs (funders, institutions, research infrastructures, etc)  (20 min)

Part 3 - Wrap Up: follow up actions

  • Report back from break out sessions suggesting potential follow up activities (10 min)

  • Menti: Gather interest from participants to join new WGs (10 min)

Target Audience: 

In the past, this group has received overwhelming interest by the RDA community, especially in face2face sessions organized during Plenaries. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the subject and its applicability by different stakeholders, this session is expected to engage with researchers and professionals who work in academia, the research sector and the industry. More specifically, these may be:

  • Librarians and research support staff (incl. data stewards and data curators) facilitating Research Data Management (RDM) in their institution.

  • Technical staff managing RDM services and developing, configuring or offering services for DMPs.

  • Research funders and institutional policymakers requesting DMPs to be adopted by researchers.

  • Researchers active on the implementation aspects of RDM and DMPs.


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This is an established IG serving the diverse needs of the RDA members and research stakeholders who are active in the field of Research Data Management, with an emphasis on its planning stage. In this transformative period for the research ecosystems worldwide aiming to capture semantics and organize the research web in a way that scientific information is openly available, FAIR and reproducible, the need to engage in collective efforts to co-design and implement best practices is of utmost importance. The Active DMPs IG undertakes this role to liaise with the international scientific community to stimulate discussions and collaborations, align practices and deliver tangible results for the future of data management planning.

Short Group Status: 

The IG serves as a vehicle to identify the DMP activities that could be strengthened and lead to formal RDA outputs for adoption by the scientific community. This is why the co-chairs of the group are currently looking at creating new WGs that increase the impact of the work already performed in the IG.

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Informative meeting
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