Providing a Data Management Plan System: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Providing a Data Management Plan System to the Portuguese Scientific Community
FCT has been actively participating in the implementation of actions and measures aimed at the transition to research practices based on Open Science principles. In the context of research data management, FCT, through its Scientific Computing Unit (FCCN), provides the scientific and higher education community with a Data Management Plan System.
Challenge & Scenario
Ensure that researchers are able to prepare and update a Data Management Plan (DMP) related to their projects, following RDM best practices and complying with the policy on the management and sharing of data resulting from research funded by FCT.
Solution & Implementation
To address this challenge, the solution was to select the adequate tool to create DMPs, as well as a dedicated DMP template. In 2020, FCT|FCCN, conjointly with the Universidade do Minho, prepared a technical report on the available DMP tools. The information gathered within this report enabled a supported decision. ARGOS was the outcome of that decision. The FCT DMP template was also selected, based on Science Europe’s guidelines. In its essence, the template is integrated in ARGOS, meeting the specific needs of the Portuguese scientific community, as well as being mapped into the DMP Common Standards Application Profile.
After the successful customisation of ARGOS, including the integration of the FCT DMP template, FCT is now able to offer its funding beneficiaries the ability to prepare and update DMP related to their projects, complying with the best practices of RDM, as well as with the policy on the management and sharing of data resulting from research funded by FCT. FCT|FCCN has been providing training and demos on ARGOS to the Portuguese scientific community. The number of participants engaged in these sessions is significant. For instance, a Data Talk on “Data Management Plans: ARGOS and FCT’s DMP Template” was attended by a total of 257 participants.
The Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) is the Portuguese public agency that supports research in science, technology, and innovation in all areas of knowledge.
ARGOS is a service that guides researchers through the creation process of a data management plan to submit to research funders, a requirement for Horizon Europe and national funding programs. The templates are up to date on the cloud and address specific funding requirements based on funders DMP templates. Researchers can easily and without prior knowledge, find the right template, start editing it by following the step-by-step guidance from ARGOS, save it, enrich, and co-edit with colleagues, and finally, share it openly with a DOI assigned to it. Your DMP will be based on standards and FAIR principles, be readable by humans and machines, making it fully interoperable. ARGOS saves you time and effort to create, craft and shape a DMP efficiently, so that you can focus on your research.