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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

"It is essential for scientists to share their data, because only then progress can be made and time can be saved. That is why it is good that DANS exists."

Prof.dr. Nicoline van der Sijs, Dutch Language Institute

"As a machine learning researcher, I understand all too well that there are no good models without good data. DANS plays a major role in this by not only making it very easy to share data, but also by incentivizing and giving proper credit to people sharing them."

Dr. Joaquin Vanschoren, Assistent Professor Machine Learning, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

"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

"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

"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

"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)

"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

"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

“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

"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


The European Language Social Science Thesaurus (ELSST) is a broad-based, multilingual thesaurus for the social sciences. In September 2023, the latest version of the ELSST was released. Find out about some of the most important changes here.

In May, DANS co-organized the ‘BY-COVID Workshop on the integration of socioeconomic data in observational studies on vaccine effectiveness’ in The Hague. A joint report by workshop participants and other experts has now been published, describing the presentations, discussions during the event, and providing a roadmap for how socioeconomic data can contribute to studies of vaccine effectiveness as well as other infectious disease research moving forward.

In May and June 2023 the University of Pretoria, South Africa held their annual CODATA-RDA School for Research Data Science (SoRDS). This online school, part of the international SoRDS network, focuses on building foundational data science skills amongst early career researchers in low/middle-income countries. The schools are staffed by volunteer instructors and a small number of student helpers to support the learners. These dedicated volunteer helpers play a vital role in the success of the schools. To encourage the student helpers and acknowledge the importance of their work, DANS awarded the most active helper with a ticket to the IASSIST African chapter.