New DMPTool Released Today

The new DMPTool is released today, May 29, 2014, with new interface and functions.

  • New user interface with embedded tips and help throughout
  • Library of publicly available data management plans
  • Assigning plan co-owners for better collaboration
  • New help on data management in general
  • Frequently Asked Questions, where users can submit questions and get answers
  • 90-second video explaining the DMPTool
  • Quick-start guide for creating a DMP
  • Up-to-date data management funder requirements

The DMPTool blog site will tell you more details about this newly released DMPTool version 2.

IASSIST Quarterly Special Issue: A Pioneer Data Librarian

The special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (2013: Spring) honors the work and influence of a pioneer data librarian. The authors of this volume are: Libbie Stephenson, Ann Gray, Peter Burnhill, Karsten Boye Rasmussen, Ann Green & Chuck Humphrey, Mary Vardigan, Jonathan D. Crabtree, Micah Altman & Mercè Crosas, and Haily Mooney.

The IASSIST Quarterly volume 37 is available at:


Data Management for Undergraduate Researchers

Two data service specialists from Purdue University Libraries have recently published a research guide (LibGuide) to help undergraduate students with data management. This LibGuide has several different tags: data management plans, file naming conventions, documentation, security/backup, and publication/preservation.

While a number of  research guides were published on the subject of data management across institutions, there are not that many LibGuides that particularly focus on undergraduate researchers. This may be of great use to other  librarians for creating a similar data management guide for undergraduate researchers.

Take a look at the LibGuide: Data Management for Undergraduate Researchers

Data Publishing Webinar

Our recent updates via Data Forwards covered the theme of data publishing and citation. Here is another good resource for you to stay current on data publishing.

The RDAWDS Publishing Data IG organized a first webinar (1:23) covering the topic of data publishing. Six speakers representing data centers/archives, publishers, and research institutes talk about data publishing workflows, business models, and the design for an infrastructure to link data and publications.

Presentation slides are also available.

New Video Shows How to Cite Data

By properly citing data in research publications, it not only acknowledges sources, it also makes it easier for others to discover, (re-)use, and re-purpose the data. Data citation is quickly becoming best practice across all disciplines. This new video tutorial shows data users how to retrieve citation information directly from UK Data Service resources. Although this video particularly focuses on how-to-cite datasets from the UK Data Service, it covers general principles of data citation, including what it is and why it is important.

In addition to the UK Data Service website guidance, other data centers and repositories also provide similar data citation guidance, including the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).


DataPub Blog on Data Publication

DataPub at CDL has recently published a blog post, “Fifteen Ideas about Data Validation (and Peer Review),” by John Kratz who discusses a new concept of ‘data validation’ and emerging practices of dataset peer review. Kratz mentions that “(s)ome form of validation at some stage in a data publication process is essential… However, the scientific literature’s validation mechanisms don’t translate as directly to data as its mechanism for, say, citation.”

If you’d like to find out more about data citation, DataPub’s new webpage may be of interest to you.


Call For Papers for 2nd “Workshop on Linking and Contextualizing Publications and Datasets”

The second “Workshop on Linking and Contextualizing Publications and Datasets” is now inviting submissions by June 30, 2014. The workshop will be held on September 12 as part of the Digital Libraries 2014 conference in London.

Details can be found at: