Machine-actionable Data Management Plans (maDMPs): Connecting the dots or...The Journey of a DMP

What are maDMPs?  What are they not?  Who are they for?  How are they different from “traditional” DMPs? What does this mean for the future of DMPs and support services? …What comes next?

(Source: DMP Tool)


Data are facts, observations or experiences on which an argument or theory is constructed or tested. Data may be numerical, descriptive, aural or visual. Data may be raw, abstracted or analysed, experimental or observational. Data include but are not limited to: laboratory notebooks, field notebooks, primary research data (including research data in hardcopy or in computer readable form), questionnaires, audiotapes, videotapes, models, photographs, films, test responses. Research collections may include slides, artefacts, specimens, samples“, - LEARN Glossary

Machine-Actionable DMPs (maDMPs) are a vehicle for reporting on the intentions and outcomes of a research project that enable information exchange across relevant parties and systems. 

They contain an inventory of key information about a project and its outputs (not just data), with a change history that stakeholders can query for updated information about the project over its lifetime. The basic framework requires common data models for exchanging information, currently under development in the RDA DMP Common Standards WG, as well as a shared ecosystem of services that send notifications and act on behalf of humans.

Other components of the vision include machine-actionable policies, persistent identifiers (PIDs) (e.g., ORCID iDsfunder IDs, forthcoming Org IDsRRIDs for biomedical resources, protocols.ioIGSNs for geosamples, etc), and the removal of barriers for information sharing.


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