Because good research needs good data



Dan Crane, King's College London

A few years ago I became research data coordinator at KTH.  One of the first projects for the research data team was to find out how to provide KTH with a tool for writing data management plans (DMPs). The incentive for this was mainly due to increasing requirements from funding agencies on having a DMP in funded projects. In a survey sent out on a national level to researchers at Swedish universities, a majority of the respondents’ thought a DMP could be useful whereas about 20% saw a DMP as useless and/or unnecessary administrative task.

Few months have passed since our summer DMPonline user group and we were back with updates and possible DMPTool extensions which we might make live in DMPonline – based on your preferences. We have divided the day into two parts: at the start of the morning we updated you on the work we have done since our last user group on versioning specs, and in the second half of the session we presented you with possible features from DMPTool that might address previously raised issues and could be potentially plugged in

Our colleagues from the DMPonline and DMPRoadmap development team worked very hard and we are ready with the new release v3.0.4 of DMPRoadmap. You can read the release notes from the software developers here, and below we are providing you with a very brief summary about the latest changes with few highlights.

Thanks to all to who have participated in our recent survey which we run to find out how do you wish us to run DMPonline events. Thanks to your replies we were able to plan the events for 2021 and in this blog post we are providing a summary of some upcoming changes and improvements.

It has been some time since our latest release and we have  some improvements ready  with release v3.0.3. You can read the release notes from the software developers here (, and below I am providing you with a very brief summary about the latest changes.

We have been in touch with our subscribed clients few months ago, asking you to provide testing institutional log-in accounts. In this blog post we explain what the institutional log-in  is on our website, how this can be installed for your organisation if you have not done so yet and reasons why we ask you to provide test or guest accounts.

It has been some time since our last user group and after some brainstorming how to do this effectively in the virtual environment, we thought that discussing new features that you would like to see would be a useful exercise at this point in time. Patricia suggested to ask you to raise the issues prior the session as an open discussion is more difficult online and this helped us structure the event. We have decided to run a half day event with a coffee break.

The benefit of subscribing to our enhanced package is that you get to customise your pages. In our recent blog post, we have laid out how we revisited and improved the process. One of the areas where we have realised we will need to improve on is also introducing UAT (User Acceptance Testing) for your newly customised testing pages.

DMPonline subscription basic vs enhanced

DMPonline is free for users to use but with the subscription you gain the access to the administrative interface through which you can gain access to plans (you can view individual plans and download metadata on them all), you can