TitleBodyTechnical Expertise RequiredCostAdditional Information
Data Asset Framework (DAF)

The Data Asset Framework (DAF) provides a toolkit for organizations to identify their digital assets and assess how they are managed. Previously known as the Data Audit Framework, this tool guides the user through a DAF assessment. It is primarily useful for institutions, departments or research groups starting to think about data management, and who need to prepare a register of their data assets.

No programmingFree
DMP Online

A web-based tool for creating, maintaining and exporting data management plans. Developed initially for a UK audience, but can be adapted to other needs.

No programmingFree
Merritt Repository Service

Merritt is a repository service and curation environment for storage and preservation of digital objects, provided by the California Digital Library. Merritt can be used to manage, archive, and share content. It can provide significant features for a digital object:

  • permanent storage
  • access via persistent URLs
  • tools for long term management
  • easy-to-use interface for deposits and udpates

Merritt is built upon micro-services, which are independent yet interoperable set of functions that together, combine to form the technical infrastructure of a digital preservation repository. These micro-services are meant to be small and modular, and easy to develop, deploy, maintain, and if needed, replace. The complex function of a digital repository emerges from the interaction of the micro-services. More background, and specifications of individual micro-services, can be found at the Curation wiki:

The Merritt Repository Service is provided by the University of California Curation Center (UC3), part of the California Digital Library. The primary audience for the service is the students, staff and faculty memberss of the University of California (UC), and is also available to researchers and organizations outside of UC. UC researchers are using Merritt to fulfill data management and sharing requirements for NSF and NIH grants.

No programmingCost-basis
Open Science Framework

The OSF supports the entire research lifecycle: planning, execution, reporting, archiving, and discovery. It provides project management with collaborators, and project sharing with the public. The OSF is maintained by the non-profit Center for Open Science.

No programmingFree

Provided by the non-profit Center for Open Science (http://cos.io)


PLATO is a planning and decision support tool that implements a solid preservation planning process and integrates services for content characterisation, preservation action and automatic object comparison in a service-oriented architecture to provide maximum support for preservation planning endeavours.

No programmingFree