Data Station Social Sciences and Humanities

This Data Station allows you to deposit and search for data within the social sciences and humanities. The metadata of our Data Station SSH is also available in the national ODISSEI portal and the European CESSDA Data Catalogue.

If you have a question, please check the frequently asked questions or send your question to Data Station Managers Ricarda Braukmann (Social Sciences) and Jetze Touber (Humanities).

Ricarda Braukmann

Data Station Manager
Social Sciences
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Frequently asked questions

Can I deposit my research data with DANS?

Yes, you can! Together we will ensure the long-term accessibility of your research data. Deposit your data here. If your organisation is associated with DataverseNL, the repository service for universities and other research institutions, you can deposit data with your organisation’s Dataverse. More information about DataverseNL can be found here.

Can I deposit data containing personal information?

Datasets containing personal information will always be published with “restricted access”. This means that users must always submit a request to use the data. Also see here

I have audiovisual material. Can I store it at DANS?

Yes, you can. The maximum deposit size is 9.3 GB per file. Contact your Data Station Manager if your files exceed this size. Information about preferred formats for audiovisual materials can be found here.

Can I store my informed consent forms at DANS?

No, informed consent forms collected from research participants may not be stored with the data. It would pose the risk of participants being identified. Be sure to save this information elsewhere. 

I work with very sensitive data that I am not allowed to share. Can I deposit the other project information via DANS?

Yes, that is possible. You can also publish metadata and documentation only. This way information about your project will remain available and can be referenced in a sustainable manner. For more information, please contact your Data Station Manager.

Can I add CMDI metadata to my dataset?

You can add the CMDI metadata to your dataset in a separate XML file. When entering the metadata you can indicate that your dataset includes CMDI files. This will enable DANS to make this metadata more accessible for external search engines. 

Should I anonymise, pseudonymise or encrypt personal data?

You are responsible for anonymising your data. If anonymisation is impossible, try to pseudonymise and/or encrypt the data. It is important that you store the key elsewhere in a secure and sustainable manner. There is more information on this page.


On Monday 20 February, NWO brought the news that nine projects will receive 140 million euros to set up or improve large-scale research infrastructure. The Dutch research field jointly set its priorities for investment in large-scale research infrastructure for the next ten years in the so called National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Infrastructure. DANS is involved in two of these projects: SSHOC-NL and LTER-LIFE.

During the National Open Science Festival in September 2022, the first prototype of the ODISSEI Portal was launched. The Portal combines metadata from a wide variety of research data repositories into a single interface, allowing for advanced queries to support findability, and facilitate data access to social science datasets in the Netherlands. Portal had an upgrade. 

As announced at the CLARIAH & NDE Annual Conference on November 24 2022, CLARIAH opens a call for research projects using data from Dutch heritage institutions. The call aims to provide access for researchers to new data and gives heritage institutions the opportunity have their data developed and disseminated.



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