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The Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data

Welcome to DANS, the Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data. We help researchers make their data available for reuse. This allows researchers to use the data for new research and makes published research verifiable and reproducible. DANS is one of the leading repositories in Europe.

Community experiences

“By making our data publicly available we obtained a far greater outreach than we could have ever imagined. We, and many other researchers, are still benefiting from this every day!”

Dr. Nadia Bloemendaal, tropical cyclone researcher Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Columbia University

"The proactive support of DANS played a crucial role in the early days of CoronaWatchNL. Also due to the instructions of the experts, we were able to make great progress in terms of the FAIRness of the data.”

Jonathan de Bruin, Project leader FAIR Data & Software, Utrecht University

"Our linguistic database of the Hebrew Bible is the product of more than four decades of hard work. DANS has helped us to reliably store this wealth of data and enable easy access."

Willem van Peursen, Professor of Old Testament, Faculty of Religion and Theology, VU & director of the ETCBC

“Since 2012, our map of past and present Rhine-Meuse delta river branches are available via DANS, findable for archaeologists, hydrologists and others. We enjoy using the platform as an archiving and downloading place for our mapping data."

Dr. Kim M. Cohen, Faculty Geosciences, Utrecht University

"The sustainable and centralised access to unique research data is invaluable to inform decision-making on preserving our cultural heritage. It is indispensable for individual researchers with a small but not insignificant research agenda."

Dr. Sanneke Stigter, Assistant Professor Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, University of Amsterdam

"There is an abundance of places to put data — sharing with DANS gives me confidence that the data is archived properly and with integrity.”

Dr. Chris Hartgerink, Director Liberate Science GmbH

"Sharing data has proven to be a key success factor of our project. The very fact that we started publishing and sharing data online early in the project resulted in further participation of (unknown) private searchers and accelerated adoption by professional researchers."

Dr. Stijn Heeren, Project leader Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands (PAN)

"We often ask a lot of participants, both literally and figuratively. By sharing research data with each other, we can ensure that participants are less burdened."

Dr. Thabo van Woudenberg, Erasmus University Rotterdam

"Choosing a repository that can be trusted becomes an important issue to make our data widely spread, easily accessible, and available in the long term. DANS is a good repository that fulfills all of those criteria."

Diah H. Apriyanti, University of Twente The Netherlands & National Research and Innovation Agency Republic of Indonesia

"From my PhD advisor, I learned that information is the only resource that grows in use. That is why I greatly applaud sharing data via DANS."

Dr. Maarten Marx, Professor, University of Amsterdam

News

On January 13th, 2022, DANS played a central role in the workshop co-organised by FAIRsFAIR, SSHOC, and EOSC-Nordic regarding the creation and facilitation of a European network of FAIR-enabling Trustworthy Digital Repositories (TDRs). The workshop provided interesting insights into the next steps towards the creation of this network.

Last week, the European Commission awarded an amount of 10 million euros to a consortium that will implement the FAIR principles in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The project, in which 28 partners from 10 European member states work together, will be led by DANS deputy director Dr. Ingrid Dillo. It will start on May 1, 2022 and will run for three years.

The ACME-FAIR guide, designed to help managers of research data management (RDM) and related professional services self-assess how they enable researchers to adopt FAIR data principles, is now open for public comment.