Data Station Social Sciences and Humanities

This Data Station allows you to deposit and search for data within the social sciences and humanities. DANS will launch this Data Station in the near future. Until then, you can use this page to deposit and search for data using our data service EASY.

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

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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.



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