DMPonline user group at the London School of Economics

On the 17th September 2019 we ran a user group at the London School of Economics. Many thanks to Helen Porter for offering us the space to host us and hosting us. Please get in touch if you wish to host a DMPonline user group at your institution.

For the first time we had a user group with subscribers from the UK, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands so we could look at the tool from different perspectives and backgrounds. It was great to discuss how you use DMPonline, which new functionalities you wish us to add to the tool, and to get your feedback on our future plans and developments. We started the session with Sarah presenting our most recent updates, future plans and growth of our DMPonline team. Afterwards Killian (our summer intern from Edinburgh University) showed you a demo of the fantastic work he has done over the summer on conditional questions. We are currently testing this with you and will be deploying in the following month. Magdalena showed you a demo of a new feature where you can add departments to categorise where users come from, and after the coffee break Sam joined us remotely and explained his work on full text API & mapping to the DMP common standard released by the Research Data Alliance.

We have raised several tickets

Based on your request we have raised tickets on GitHub, which are labeled as ' user group.' These include features to improve the admin functionality when you are searching for plans and users, further API development to support bulk assignment of departments, adding document upload and relocating the ‘request feedback’ button.

We held a meeting to review these requests and prioritise work for the coming months. You can read the outcome of that in Sarah’s blog.

Other information…

In Manchester we did an axe throwing social, so this time around we decided to do something more peaceful and went to Bloomsbury Lanes to play bowling the night before the user group.Helen, Sarah and Judith represented the north-west of England and took on the rest of the world. Unsurprisingly, after a brave start, the north-west floundered and the rest of the world got stronger. We are all much better off as one big community!

After our user group had lunch at an Italian restaurant where attendees had more space to just chat and network with the rest of the community. We really enjoyed the time with you and we are looking forward to our next user group in few months time! We have been offered a venue in the Netherlands, so are planning to hold the next DMPonline user group on 20th January 2020 in Delft. We will be in touch with you about further details but mark your calendars now.

Last but not least - as always, we are keen to hear from you about how you use the tool and how we can improve it, so please feel free to contact us at the details below:

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