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Determining the age of archaeological remains in the Dutch soil archive is a crucial part of archaeology. Carbon-14 dating (also known as C-14 dating) is the technique used to determine the age of an organic sample. In recent decades, thousands of C-14 dating studies for archaeological research have been carried out and published in the Netherlands, but these are not publicly available. DANS is helping to change this.

During the online DANS Data Trail ‘How the EOSC Association stimulates community-based Open Science’, DANS’ projectstaff presented several EOSC Association Task Forces. You can read the highlights of this DANS Data Trail below.

The formation of three science-wide Digital Competence Centres has started. As a first step, the Governing Board of NWO has agreed to allocate a total of 4.5 million euros for the appointment of network coordinators. They will strengthen data intensive research together with experts and infrastructures within their research domain.

DANS and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) – both part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) – are joining forces and starting a pilot project to make existing ecological data suitable for advanced data use, both now and in the future.



The Netherlands is a frontrunner in Open Science. This once more became apparent at the Open Science Festival 2022, which was held the 1st of September at the VU Amsterdam. The festival was fully booked, with 300 attendees on site and many hundreds following the event online. 

Only 1 percent of almost 24,000 archaeological research reports from the period 2002-2011 are missing. The Inspectorate for Public Information and Heritage (IOE) published an article about this. Worse was feared. How did this disappointing result come about?

Over the last few months, DANS was part of the author team that created a working paper on the creation of a European network of FAIR-enabling Trustworthy Digital Repositories (TDRs). This working paper depicts the vision of this Network and the next steps to make it a reality. The paper has now been published online.

During a session of the Dutch national Open Science Festival, ODISSEI launched the first version of the ODISSEI portal. This portal combines metadata from a wide variety of research data repositories into a single interface, allowing for advanced semantic queries to support findability, and facilitate data access to social science datasets in the Netherlands.