The Data Curation Profiles is a toolkit that provides librarians, professors, researchers, and any information expert with the resources necessary to describe the characteristics of a data set, including but not limited to: the origin of the data collection, key elements of the data, and the life cycle of that data that exists within the research project. This toolkit was designed to address the issues with researchers sharing data with others, facilitating scholarly communication. According to the creators of the Data Curation Profiles, this toolkit “is meant to help launch discussions between librarians and other information professionals at their institutions.”
The DMP Tool provides a researcher with the necessary resources to create a data management plan according to the guidelines for a specific funding agency. Moreover, this tool supplies a detailed, step-by-step guide for data management, and any information required to understand the resources and services that are available at certain institutions so that the researcher can thoroughly complete the data managements requirements to receive a grant from the institution. The DMP Tool can also be used by Librarians to inform researchers of the various data management processes, and even enables an individual to create a unique data management plan if necessary. Data management plans have become an integral requirement for grant applications, as several institutions require some form of a DMP before a researcher can apply to receive a financial grant. The DMP Tool is an open-source, free, online application, and it complies with funder requirements.