The DMPTool, http://dmptool.org/, has won a Larry L. Sautter Golden Award for Innovation in Information Technology. The Sautter Awards were established by the University of California’s Information Technology Leadership Council in 2000 and are awarded annually to “encourage and recognize innovative deployment of information technology in support of the University’s mission.” The DMPTool is one of five winners of the Sautter Award this year.

The DMPTool is an online service for creating data management plans, and was developed in response to requirements from funding agencies that researchers include data management plans in their grant proposals. The DMPTool now supports requirements of 5 major US federal funders, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Studies, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The DMPTool also supports one private funder, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The DMPTool is available to all researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation, and allows them to:
•  Create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies
•  Meet funder requirements for data management plans
•  Get step-by-step instructions and guidance for your data
•  Learn about resources and services available at local institutions to help fulfill the data management requirements of grants

The DMPTool was developed by UC3 in collaboration with NSF-funded DataONE project, Digital Curation Centre, Smithsonian Institution, UCLA Library, UCSD Libraries, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and University of Virginia Library. By joining together, these partners were able to develop the tool efficiently and quickly by consolidating their expertise. The primary goal of the partnership is to support researchers and keep their grant proposals competitive, while highlighting services and resources that we provide to researchers.

The award will be presented at the annual UC Computing Services Conference (UCCSC) at UC Berkeley in August.