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Creation of an In-House DMP tool at the University of Houston Libraries

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, US/Central


Download: This one hour webinar was recorded and can be watched here: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p2ogf0znwqb/

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1pm Central

Description: On January 18, 2011 the National Science Foundation began requiring supplemental data management plans attached to every funding application. Creating a data management plan can seem daunting to many researchers. Junior faculty, experienced researchers and others are often confused by what data management is, why they need to plan for it and what should be included in these plans. Funding agency requirements can be vague, the terminology is usually foreign, and how much the data management plan weighs for or against their grant applications is unknown. This is an eminently teachable moment for librarians in educating researchers about the fragility of their data and that data management planning is a means to begin the long-term access and preservation of their data.

For librarians at the University of Houston, developing a tool to aid researchers seemed like a great idea. Within three months two librarians, with some help from a library web developer, were able to develop a suite of data management planning services on our website: a web form that upon submission will send the researcher their answers with the questions redacted and in the format that granting agencies like to see the data management plans, an FAQ with explanations and example text, an introduction and instruction page, and a printable copy of all the form questions.

This presentation will discuss how the we created our form, the advantages of working with a small group in development, and how this form affords the opportunity for the library to know about research proposals before they are awarded. We will also discuss how developing a form in-house compares to other available data management planning tools, including DMPTool.
Michele Reilly, Digital Projects Program Director, University of Houston Libraries
Michele Reilly is the Head of Digital Services at the University of Houston Libraries.  Her duties include the creation and maintenance of the Library’s digital library, the institutional repository, all digital preservation and curation activities and in determining the direction of all future digital efforts. She has developed a digital library that will respond to the needs of the University, the greater Houston community and beyond.  She earned her Masters in Library Science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington (2005) with a concentration in collection development and library management.

Anita Dryden, Digital & Web Projects Fellow, University of Houston Libraries
Anita R. Dryden is the Digital & Web Projects Fellow at the University of Houston Libraries, where she frequently leads training sessions on technology-related topics. Prior to accepting this position, she has worked at a number of public and academic libraries while completing her MLIS. She has spoken recently at regional and national conferences on mobile technologies for libraries as well as data management practices.