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ARGOS - a collaborative workspace for delivering DMPs

  • What it is

    ARGOS - Create, Link, Share Data Management Plans

    ARGOS (https://argos.openaire.euis an online tool in support of automated processes to creating, managing, sharing and linking Data Management Plans - DMPs with research artifacts they correspond to. It is the joint effort of OpenAIRE and EUDAT CDI to deliver an open platform for Data Management Planning that addresses FAIR and Open best practices and assumes no barriers for its use and adoption. It does so by applying common standards for machine-actionable DMPs as defined by the global research data community of RDA and by communicating and consulting with researchers, research communities and funders to better reflect on their needs.

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  • What it does

    ARGOS provides a flexible environment and an easy interface for users to navigate and use.

    ARGOS aims to combine the flexibility of adhoc questionnaires with the power of a structured information system while capturing the semantics of a data management plan, and the rigidness of funding and/or validation rules. It also attempts to embrace the need for collaboration around the structuring of a data management plan, its evolution and sharing. Moreover, it emphasizes on achieving interoperability and enabling actionability of data management plans, that will allow systems to not only validate, but also to automate tedious, currently user driven, activities.

    ARGOS is comprised of two main functionalities:

    • DMP templates, and
    • Dataset Descriptions.

      Argos functionalities

    A service for machine actionable data management planning

    • Free & Open Source
    • Offered as-a-Service
    • Open and interoperable
    • Active development
    • Feature-full

    Main features:

    • Collaborate on DMP authoring
    • Use funder/institute-specific, adaptable templates for your DMPs
    • Use external vocabularies for describing your datasets
    • Export and publish DMPs in machine and human readable forms
    • Export DMPs in JSON format and continue work in different platforms
    • Use ARGOS REST web services to integrate with your infrastructure
  • How can I use it?

    There are two ways of creating a DMP:

    • the “Wizard”, and
    • the “Expert”.

    DMP Wizard combines the most necessary fields of the DMP template and the Data Description template. It is an easy way of starting a DMP and completing a Dataset Description. The downside when using the Wizard is that it only supports one Dataset Description. To add more datasets documentation, someone must open the DMP from DMP Expert.

    DMP expert contains extra fields for describing the project, grant, funding, contributors and associations between DMP authors, etc. DMP Expert is advised for use when further modification and personalization is to take place.

    ARGOS can be used for:

    A. viewing/ consulting publicly released DMPs and Dataset Descriptions or Projects corresponding to DMPs
    The tool offers options for publishing DMPs in two modes, private or public. To view public DMPs and Dataset Descriptions, there is no need for login to the platform.
    B. writing and publishing a DMP
    The tool helps researchers comply with mandates that may be attached to their grant proposal/ project funding. They can therefore choose from the most suitable to their needs template from the Dataset Descriptions collection and proceed with answering the corresponding questions. Once finalized, researchers can assign a DOI to their DMP, publish and eventually cite it.
    C. practicing in writing DMPs and Dataset Descriptions
    Given that Data Management Planning reflects the data management lifecycle and in accordance/ response to the increasing demand of the global scientific/ research community for training in Research Data Management (RDM), ARGOS may be used for educational purposes. Examples may refer to embedding DMP and DMP tools in specific curricula or even utilization of the tool for researchers and students familiarization with the concept and process, as part of library instructions’ sessions.

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