About DMPonline

Properly managing research data starts with good planning, for example by preparing a data management plan (DMP). This is a document that specifies how you will handle your data during and after a research project. International funding bodies increasingly require their researchers to produce DMPs, but preparing a plan is good practice for any research project generating data.

How the tool works

This tool includes a number of DMP templates. There are templates for Ghent University researchers responding to DMP requirements of a specific research funder or faculty, as well as a generic template based on international best practices for researchers not completing a particular funder or faculty DMP. When creating a new plan, users are asked a number of questions first so that we can determine the appropriate template to display. Guidance is provided to help you interpret and answer the questions. This guidance is provided by research funders, Ghent University and/or specific faculties.

Getting started

If you have a valid UGent username and password you can sign in and start. You will be directed to the ‘My plans’ page. From here you can create, edit, share, export or delete any of your plans. You will also see plans that have been shared with you by others. Please visit the ‘Help’ page for guidance. If you have any questions or comments about DMPonline.be, please contact us.

DMPonline was originally developed by the UK’s Digital Curation Centre (DCC) to assist researchers with writing an effective DMP. DCC has made the source code available under a GNU Affero General Public License to permit others to reuse the code freely.

Ghent University Library has installed an instance of DMPonline (version 4.1 released by the Digital Curation Centre in May 2015) to customise the tool for its researchers. All data is locally hosted. We share the source code for any extensions on Github.

To further maintain and develop the tool we cooperating with other academic institutions in Belgium. In fact, we set up our Ghent University instance as a pilot for a shared DMPonline.be platform, where common DMP templates (e.g. for external funders) can be added, new releases can be processed for multiple institutions at once, and new features can be co-developed. If you are interested in collaborating with us on DMPonline.be, please contact us.

Research Data management news

RDM in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

The Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences has set up a data management webpage as part of its pilot RDM project. Since January 1st, 2015, the Faculty supports its researchers with data management plans and data storage fact sheets.

By Dries Moreels on 14/10/2015


Library project on research data in the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

The Library of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy launched its project ‘Onderzoeksdata LW’ in September 2014. The aim is to uncover what digital research data are held within the Faculty and how they are managed.

By Dries Moreels on 14/10/2015


Ghent University RDM webpages

Ghent University has set up an internal webpage providing basic information about research data management. There is a Dutch version as well as an English one.

By Dries Moreels on 14/10/2015