On January 27, Science Europe, the European association of national research funders and major research institutions, presented a list of evaluation criteria for assessing data management plans (DMPs). The webinar of the presentation can be viewed at https://www.scienceeurope.org/events/launch-event-rdm-guide-2nd-edition/

During this webinar, former DANS director Peter Doorn gave a presentation of his work on a domain protocol for archaeological research data that meets the Science Europe criteria. This protocol is, in fact, a ready-made model Data Management Plan (DMP) which works according to the principle of “comply or explain”. It was developed as part of ARIADNEplus led by PIN (Prato, Italy). By using this protocol, archaeological researchers can save a lot of time in drawing up a DMP, which are increasingly required by funding agencies. For example, a DMP will be required for research projects funded by the new European framework programme Horizon Europe, which will start this summer. During the same webinar, Kostas Glinos, Head of Unit for Open Science at the European Commission, said that Horizon Europe will also follow the Science Europe requirements for data management.

Under the chairmanship of Peter Doorn, in 2019 the Science Europe data committee harmonized the requirements for data management of numerous research councils covering several scientific domains, including the Dutch Research Council (NWO), which played a leading role in this initiative. The harmonized DMP requirements and evaluation criteria are available at: