A new PARSEC paper with tools to help research teams

A PARSEC team recently published a new paper in the Data Science Journal on our experiences of the use of a Data and Digital Object Management Plan (D(DO)MP) in our work (Specht et al. 2023: doi:10.5334/dsj-2023-038). We found that a D(DO)MP can be a valuable tool for a research project.

Our top tips!

Make complying with a project’s D(DO)MP-determined practices as easy as possible, by:

  • Ensuring all team members are committed to the intended collaboration goals of the project. Periodically review commitment as personal situations change.
  • Providing a way for team members to give feedback any time. This can include conducting one-on-one discussions regularly, checking on possible barriers.
  • Providing training for those team members new to a tool or process relevant to their expertise and sensitive to the point they are at in the project.
  • Providing the team with a short reference to all resources. This can be a landing page, an infographic with hyperlinks, or any concise resource.

But this is not all!

We have provided tools for researchers to help them create and manage their own project and best reap the benefits of a D(DO)MP. We have:

  • published our own D(DO)MP as an example (Stall et al. 2023, doi:10.5281/zenodo.8231464),
  • provided an easy guide for making a D(DO)MP for others to follow (Stall et al. 2023, doi:10.5281/zenodo.8251119), and
  • provided tracksheet templates for teams to record their scholarly publications, non peer-reviewed digital outputs, and log their dataset and software use. We provide our own as examples! (Specht et al. 2023, doi: 10.5281/zenodo.8232020)