Data Management

“People in the life sciences community have been talking a lot about the importance of Research Data Management (RDM)." - Prof. Bas Teusink, Scientific Director of AIMMS (full interview)

Welcome to the AIMMS Research Data Management (RDM) Portal, here you will find a growing collection of research data management related news and information.

RDM news
  • The VU COVID-19 research response team is looking for data managers/stewards involved in COVID-19 calls to pool/share knowledge on the metadata, data interoperability, security, storage, privacy and more. Please see the AIMMS newsletter for more details or contact me directly if you are interested in this initiative (2020-05-25). 
  • ZonMW COVID-19 calls and data management. The ZonMW COVID-19 program includes an emphasis on Open Science and FAIR data stewardship. This can require data stewardship input and specific parts of the project data management plan, including data interoperability and budget to be provided at the final proposal stage. Feel free to contact the AIMMS data manager to discuss these developments  (2020-05-18).
  • At home and on the go. IT facility information on working at home provided by VU IT - vunet (2020-05-06)
  • RDM from home. New information from the VU library research data support team aimed at researchers working from home (2020-04-28).
  • RDM walk-in sessions. Bring your data questions or stop by to talk RDM or software development, every Wednesday 13:30 -- 15:00 in room 01E11 (2020-04-01 - currently on hold due to COVID-19).
Getting support
Data management can sometimes seem like a daunting task, especially when suddenly confronted with requests for data management plans and making your data FAIR etc. Fortunately, there is a growing network of RDM support developing at the VU.
  • The AIMMS data steward, Brett Olivier. For practical, data management questions, writing data management plans, metadata, annotation, tools, storage solutions or software development and publication. Please contact me directly by email or I can organise an RDM walk-in session.
  • The VU library RDM support team is available for all your general RDM questions.
  • Questions about privacy sensitive data and its protection, try the Faculty of Science Privacy Champion - vunet.
  • For questions on VU and Faculty RDM policy, its implementation and general RDM facilities, the BETA faculty Data Stewards are available for to assist you.
Facilities and documentation
A quick guide to RDM related facilities and information available at the VU. Please feel free to contribute resources that help you with your data management.
  • VU DMPOnline provides an interactive, template driven portal for the collaborative, writing, sharing and exporting of DMP's. 
  • The VU library RDM libGuides provide a wide range of information on getting started.
  • VU Data Archiving options available on vunet.

Spotlight on: The VU DMP Online facility (

Some common questions when asked to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) is where do I start, what is this DMP asking for and how do I easily work on this and share it with my colleagues? The VU DMP Online facility tries to help you answer all these questions. Developed by the Digital Curation Center (UK) the VU licensed its own version of this facility in 2019.

The VU DMPOnline facility provides a web-based, template-driven way of creating DMP's. It includes the official templates of a number of funding agencies (including NWO and ZonMW) and supplements or can even replace filling the the DMP templates made available as Word documents. What advantages are there to using the VU DMP Online:

  • Inline guidance. For each question in the DMP, guideance is provided on what is expected in that section
  • Collaboration. In progress DMP's can be shared with colleagues to review, edit or collaborate.
  • Comments. Each question has a comments section where colleagues or reviewers can provide suggestions on how to answer the related question.
  • Export. Once completed the DMP can be exported in various formats including Word, PDF, CSV or HTML.
  • Create a living document. Most DMP's need to be updates as the project progresses. DMP Online simplifies this process and has various facilites for working with and updating DMP's.

An AIMMS researcher? You can easily share your DMPOnline document with AIMMS RDM and send a request for comment on specific aspects of your DMP.

For support, comments, questions or contributions to this page please contact the AIMMS Data Steward.