DMPonline release notes: May 2019
With a new month we also bring you a new DMPonline release :)! As always, we do appreciate your feedback, as it is very valuable for us to know what works well for you, what doesn’t and anything else you’d like to see improved or deployed! If you are interested to see what we are currently working on please have a look at our roadmpap.
This month we have prioritised working on a few features that were requested during our recent user group sessions. Based on your feedback, we have improved some admin functionalities, fixed some errors and automated the pre-filling of different IDs. A summary of the new features is provided below.
Improvements for administrators
During the user group session it was suggested that we should implement a new role for plan reviewers and that this role would not need the full admin rights as plan reviewers might involve several people at your institution or externally.We have implemented this role and those tasked with plan reviews will get notified with review requests and be able to view and comment on plans, but will not be able to edit the templates or guidance.
We have also added functionality to allow organisational administrators to view the ‘share plan’ tab so they can see who are collaborating on the plan. This does not mean that administrators will be able to edit the plan, but you will now have read only permission to view the plan as it is developed.
Most importantly, we have now added a new API where authorised administrators can harvest the full text from plans created by researchers in your organisation!
Pre-filling of IDs
We have worked on improving the automatic pre-filling of identifiers within the tool. Now users will be automatically assigned a a 5 digit, unique identifier on the plan details page. The ID is included in the URL and acts as a unique ID within the tool. Another useful new feature is that DMPonline will now pull in grant information and automatically populate grant information when drafting DMPs. We demonstrate how this works in our new ‘How to’ video - showing how we have integrated the H2020 projects database on YouTube.
… & we fixed few errors
We have also fixed a few errors in DMPonline. One of the errors you highlighted was that when you tried to type an email with capital letters, it would throw an error. This was because DMPonline is configured to support email case-insensitivity. However, we have now addressed this and you can now type the email with capital letters, and the email will be accepted. You also said that you found the date which appears in the export footer of the plan confusing as it was not in a standard format. We have now amended this to a much clearer DD-MM-YYYY format.
We are now running monthly GoToMeetings, as drop-in sessions where you can chat with your peers, ask us any questions you have or learn about new features. In our latest drop-in session, we discussed our DMPonline promo material, showed you one of our new features and covered our most recent work. If there are some points you wish to raise before the meeting, drop us an email. Our next drop in meeting will be on 17th June 2019 at 12:00 BST.
As always, I am very keen to hear from you about how you use the tool and how we can make it work better, so please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, on Twitter @mdDCC1, @DMPonline, Facebook or LinkedIn. To keep up with DMPonline news, you can subscribe to the RSS feed to receive our blogs and tweets, and watch GitHub for code updates. You can also discuss any of our new features on the user group mailing list.