About DSW

What is DSW?

Data Stewardship Wizard is a joint ELIXIR CZ and ELIXIR NL project bringing a simple but powerful solution for researchers to help them understand what is needed for good, FAIR-oriented Data Stewardship, to find ELIXIR experts to help out, and to build their own Data Management Plans. The DS Wizard can also function as a check list for data management professionals, like the checklists used by pilots before each flight.

DSW Workflow


The main driver for the DSW is now to offer a convenient helpful tool for data stewards and researchers. Given a limited funding, we focus on this mission now. Howevever, from a long-term perspective, the richness of knowledge contained in the Wizard definitively calls for being FAIR. On this page we track the progress of compliance with the FAIR principles.

Machine-Actionable DMPs

We are part of the initiative #activeDMPs. Here, we will post updates on concrete steps, mostly with the respect to the identified use cases. The work on this front will continue according to our available capacity and funding.




An infrastructure, institution or a similar body that runs its own copy of DS Wizard. Identified by Organization ID.

Knowledge Model (KM)

An ordered collection of interlinked KM Items, from which a questionnaire is generated. Identified by a KM ID. May be customized and released as a package. Identified by a ID that consists of Organization ID, KM ID and Version. It can be exported/imported and further customized.


A representation of a KM in a shape of a form for filling-in.

Data Management Plan

Exported filled questionnaire using selected template and format that should help researcher with data management in his/her project.

KM Root

A package with no ancestor packages.

Customization of KM

An ordered collection of changes of another parent knowledge model.

KM Item

A chapter, question, answer, reference, expert, integration, tag, etc.

Change of KM Item

Adding, editing, deleting of a knowledge item

Migration of KM

Upgrade of a KM with a newer version of the parent KM


DS Wizard

Our portal solution for Data Stewardship Planning. It contains Questionnaire, KM Editor and other parts for manamement of KMs and users.


A tool for interactive browsing and answering a questionnare.

KM Editor

A tool for customization of a KM and its creation and publishing.

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