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Research Data Management DMPTool


DMPTool is a free, open-source, online application that helps researchers create data management plans. The program was developed and is run by the California Digital Library. The tool provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with funder requirements and is meant to be a one-stop shop for researchers to build their data management plan. Anyone with a Blazer ID can log in using their institutional credentials. 

Some features of DMPTool are accessible without logging in. Watch this short video to see how to:

  • Look up funder requirements
  • Search for sample DMPs
  • See a list of participating institution

Watch this next video for a demonstration on how to:

  • Find DMP plans shared by other researchers at your institution
  • Create a plan
  • Request feedback

Quick Start Guide

  1. Select Create New DMP from the menu. You will be presented with a number of templates to choose from.
  2. On the project description page, make sure to select the UAB guidance
  3. The tool will walk you through each section of the template step-by-step. Once your content is complete, you may export the final version in by choosing one of the many file format options.
  4. If you have a question or want feedback you can request help at any time by selecting 'Request feedback' tab in the project tabs to notify a UAB Library librarian who will reply in the project comments box.
  5. For additional assistance or if there is no DMPTool template for your funder, request a DMP consultation by emailing Marla Hertz,

Screenshot of the DMPTool layout. The instructions and input fields are on the left. Specific guidance on the right: