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Defining requirements for machine-actionable Data Management Plans

Tomasz Miksa; Peter Neish; Paul Walk; Andreas Rauber

Data Management Plans (DMPs) are free-form text docu-
ments describing data used and produced in research projects.
The workload and bureaucracy often associated with tradi-
tional DMPs can be reduced when they become machine-
actionable. However, there is no common denition of what
machine-actionable DMPs really are. This hinders the com-
munication between stakeholders and leads to scepticism, or
conversely to exaggerated expectations.
This paper aims to clarify what machine-actionable DMPs
are and provides examples of how involved stakeholders can
benet from them. It describes an open stakeholder con-
sultation performed by the RDA DMP Common Standards
working group. The main objective was to dene the scope
of information covered by machine-actionable DMPs and
formulate an initial set of requirements for a common data
model for machine actionable DMPs. To do this we used
methodology known from system and software requirements
engineering to collect information on how needs for infor-
mation of particular stakeholders evolve over phases of the
research data lifecycle.

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