DMPOnline for St George’s University researchers

This post has been written by Liz Stovold, Research Data Support Manager and Information Specialist, Cochrane Airways.

A data management plan (DMP) is an important part of a research project and many funders require a DMP as part of a research proposal. A DMP will typically cover issues such as data collection, format, storage, security, documentation, discoverability, reuse, sharing, retention and preservation. Thinking through these issues before embarking on your research will help to improve the organisation of your data throughout the lifecycle of your research and save you time in the long run.

To help you with writing your data management plan, St George’s subscribes to DMPonline – a tool provided by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC). To access DMPonline you simply need to log in with your St George’s credentials:

Screenshot of the DMPOnline website sign in page. Select "sign in with your institutional credentials".

From the dashboard, click on ‘create plan’ and off you go!

Screenshot of creating a plan option. From the dashboard, click on the "create plan" link.

Detailed guidance is available in the help tab, together with links to a wealth of resources on data management planning and examples of data management plans. You can also look at publicly shared DMPs from the reference tab:

Screenshot of public DMPs which can serve as guidance for your own. Select Reference from the top menu and then click on public DMPs.

Using DMPOnline to write your DMP offers a number of benefits:

  • access to funder specific templates
  • built-in guidance for each section of the plan
  • invite your collaborators to join the plan
  • add comments for your collaborators
  • option to request feedback on your plan from the SGUL Research Data Management Service
  • export your plan in a variety of formats including MS Word and PDF
  • option to keep your plan private, share with SGUL DMPOnline users, or share publicly

Further reading

Jones, S. (2011). ‘How to Develop a Data Management and Sharing Plan’. DCC How-to Guides. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online: https://www.dcc.ac.uk/guidance/how-guides/develop-data-plan (accessed 6 August 2021).

DCC. (2013). Checklist for a Data Management Plan.v.4.0. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/data-management-plans (accessed 6 August 2021).


If you would like further support with developing your plan then please do get in touch at: researchdata@sgul.ac.uk

Visit SGUL Research Data Management for general information and guidance about research data management.

7 ways we support researchers

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7  ways we support researchers

1. We offer a literature search service (CARES) to help you manage your research.

2.  Use interlibrary loans to get you that important article.

3. SCONUL access is your key to resources in other libraries.

4.  We run critical appraisal workshops to show you how to assess the quality of your sources.

5.  Our IT Trainer can get Excel spreadsheets working for you.

6.  We have Open Access FAQs to tell you all about funder requirements.

7.  Our Liaison Librarians can give you one-to-one help.