Collaborating partners

by | Jan 31, 2022

By participating in national and international projects and infrastructures, DANS contributes to sustainable access to research data.

We work together with partners and clients in various collaborations. A selection of our valuable relationships:


There is an agreement between Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and DANS concerning the free provision of a large number of micro files with data on persons and households for scientific research.


DANS has set up the service Surveydata Nederland (SDN) together with Centerdata. SDN focuses on the dissemination and sustainable archiving of survey data and the underlying measurement instruments. The knowledge and experience of Centerdata about data collection, documentation and dissemination of survey data is brought together with the knowledge and experience of DANS in the field of sustainable archiving of data.

Together with other stakeholders, Centerdata and DANS also publish the magazine E-data & Research.


CESSDA is the Consortium of European Social Science research Data Archives.

Among other things, DANS has contributed to translating the vocabulary terms from the CESSDA thematic classification. And DANS, together with CESSDA, provides train-the-trainer events on the use of Dataverse as an archive or discovery platform.


Researchers who want to share or use data also want to know whether the quality and integrity of that data is guaranteed. CoreTrustSeal offers a basic certification for digital archives, making reliability measurable and transparent.

The archive of DANS is CoreTrustSeal certified. DANS provides one of the four directors of CoreTrustSeal.


DARIAH is short for Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities. Within DARIAH, a ‘digital database’ for alpha scientists in Europe is being realised. Researchers can come to DARIAH for finding data and tools, archiving their data, knowledge exchange and advice on metadata and digitisation. DANS provides the CIO for DARIAH.


DataCite is an international partnership, founded in 2009 by several leading research libraries, archives and technical information centres from around the world.

It advocates the sharing of research data and better protection of research investments. DANS is part of this partnership.


The Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences is an expertise centre of research organisations for life sciences. DANS is a member of DTL and part of the Participant Advisory Committee (PAC).


Material cultural and natural heritage are important components of European identity. The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) supports research on heritage interpretation, conservation, documentation and management. E-RIHS connects researchers and integrates European facilities into an organisation with a clear identity and a strong cohesive role within the global heritage science community.

DANS is a member of the Steering Committee of E-RIHS NL. By offering Research Data Management training courses and infrastructural expertise, DANS contributes to the fulfilment of E-RIHS NL in general and the formation of the E-RIHS DIGILAB in particular. DANS participates in Iperion HS and works there to integrate and create the E-RIHS ERIC.

EOSC Association

The EOSC Association is the legal entity established to govern the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). DANS joined in the first year of the Association: 2020. The EOSC is created through a series of funded projects and initiatives by the member and associated states.

DANS contributes to the EOSC by participating in both projects and several of the EOSC Task Forces.


EuroCRIS is the international organisation dealing with the interoperability of research information systems.


The EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure (or EUDAT CDI) is one of the largest infrastructures of integrated data services and resources supporting research in Europe.


Global Dataverse Community Consortium (GDCC). Dataverse is an open-source web application for sharing, storing, citing, researching and analysing research data. DANS uses this software for DataverseNL and works together with others within this consortium on the further development of Dataverse.


The data of the American Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) are available free of charge through DANS.

For the Netherlands, DANS represents the National Membership of the ICPSR. Through this membership, researchers at universities and research institutes can obtain free access to ICPSR data.

Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Exchange (KE) provides an infrastructure for research information at the international level and facilitates knowledge exchange among both experts and organisations.


The LCRDM (Landelijk Coordinatiepunt Research Data Management) facilitates a national approach to research data management in the Netherlands.

DANS was a member of all working groups and contributes expertise to the current task groups.

Mendeley Data

Research data published by researchers on the Mendeley Data platform are stored at DANS for the long term.


Organisations that conduct research on behalf of ministries are required to submit data resulting from this research to DANS. This obligation is included in the General Government Conditions for the provision of contracts for the provision of services (ARVODI).

Netherlands eScience Center

The Netherlands eScience Center supports and strengthens multidisciplinary and data-intensive scientific research in which ICT is used effectively and innovatively.

Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed

The Digital Heritage Network (NDE) has three pillars: Visible, Usable and Sustainable. DANS is mainly active in the pillar Sustainable.


DANS runs the Dutch Platform for Survey Research (NPSO) secretariat, a platform of research institutes within the government, universities, and the business community in the field of survey research.


The National Programme Open Science works to realise the National Plan Open Science. DANS is represented in the Advisory Board and sits at the FAIR Data Table.

Oral History Hub

The National Oral History Hub aims to promote oral history in all its facets. The Junction does this by encouraging cooperation and cross-fertilisation between museums, archives, universities, knowledge institutes and social initiatives. 


For archaeology, it is stipulated that the digital documentation that is recorded during archaeological research must be stored for the long term in the e-depot for Dutch archaeology.


The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a global, community-driven initiative that aims to build the social and technical infrastructure to enable the sharing and reuse of open data. With more than 12,000 members from 145 countries, RDA provides a neutral space where its data experts can come together to develop and adopt.

DANS is an organisational member of RDA and is involved in many of the organisation’s initiatives. Ingrid Dillo, deputy director of DANS, is co-chair of the RDA Council.


RDNL (Research Data Netherlands) is a partnership of 4TU.Research Data, SURF, DTL and DANS. The mission of this national coalition is to promote FAIR research data by offering training and expertise for data support.

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Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) is a project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 framework programme in which 20 partner organisations and their 27 partners are working together to develop the social sciences and humanities area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Software Heritage

The Software Heritage collects and preserves software in the form of source codes because software embodies technical and scientific knowledge and mankind cannot afford to lose it. The reusability of research data also depends on the durability of the software.


The scientific field and NWO have jointly established thematic Digital Competence Centres (TDCC). The three TDCCs are discipline based, with one pillar each for the Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH), Natural and Engineering Sciences (NES) and Life Sciences & Health (LSH). Researchers and institutions are working together in these networks to develop exchangeable and reusable data and software, with the associated competencies, for specific research themes.

World Data System

World Data System (WDS) is an international consortium of repositories and data centres. WDS promotes the access to and long-term management of scientific data, data services, products and information.