Let’s play our DANS data game!

DANS has developed a game especially for researchers: the DANS Data Game. The game gives an impression of the research data landscape and was specially produced for the 15th anniversary of DANS.

Would you like to get hold of this game? The game is in English.

  • Order one with the form at the bottom of this page, free of charge!
  • Download the DANS Data Game (.pdf).
  • Play the game online via this link (full version) or this link (short version). The game is only available in multiplayer mode. We advise you to share the link of the game with other players first.

Please share your experience and follow those of others via #DANSdatagame on Twitter.


Understand the game in 3 minutes via this link or read the instructions below:

  1. Go to the online game via this link.
  2. The game is only available in multiplayer mode, so you always play against each other. The first person in a new game can choose whether it consists of 3 or 4 people.
  3. The game automatically complements an open game with new players.
  4. If you are the first player, select the number of participants and enter your name. Now wait for the other players.
  5. If you are not the first player, only enter your name. Now wait for the other players.
  6. As soon as a game is full and someone new signs in, a new game is started (which the new first player in the game can manage).
  7. All players share the same link, so in the players are divided among the games by order of registration.
  8. It is possible (if you share the link with a lot of people) that you do not play with the players of your choice.
  9. When all players are registered, the game can start.

Rules of the game


The idea is to play smart and collect as many sets of four cards as possible, by asking alternately between players. By paying close attention to other turns you can find out who has which cards. The one with the most quartets wins after all the sets have been collected.


All cards are dealt among the players. It is possible that some players have more cards than others. You take the cards in your hand and do not show them to the other players.

The game

A random player starts. When it’s your turn, ask one of the other players for a card. This must be a card from one of the sets of four of which you have at least one card in your hand. Name the name of the set and ask for the specific card you want. If the player has that card, he musthand it over to you and you may continue to ask for cards until you fail to get one. You may ask all players every time. If you have a set of four cards, you call “SET!” and place the four matching cards on the table in front of you. If the player does not have the requested card, your turn is over and the player to whom you last asked a card is next. The game is over when all sets are complete.DANS Data Game with two playersWhen distributing the cards, you can share cards in a blind stack. The game proceeds as described above, but if someone asks for a card that cannot be given, he will receive a card from the blind stack to end his turn. This variant can also be played by two players.

Attribution images

We would like to give recognition for the images used for the game: 200 Degrees, 4TU.ResearchData, Auke Herrema, Caribb, CESSDA (CESSDA datamanagement expert guide), Chris McKenna, Clker-Free-Vector-Images, CoreTrustSeal, Creative Commons, DataCite, DOI.org, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), Elionas, euroCRIS, European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), FreeSVG, FREYA, G. Emmerich, Gerd Altmann, Gordon Johnson, HHHH, Jason Scott, Karen Arnold, McSush, Mrozlog, Nestor, OpenClipart-Vectors, ORCiD, Pete Linforth, Pettycon, Pettycon, PLoS, Research Organization Registry, Rursus, Clipartmax, Tomwsulcer, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and Zenodo. We have tried to approach all stakeholders with regard to the visual materials used. Those who believe they can assert rights can apply to us.


This DANS Data Game (2020) is CC-BY-SA licensed. The full license text can be read here.


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