CoreTrustSeal for Tilburg University

5 April 2023

Tilburg University (TiU) uses DataverseNL as the institutional repository for their research data. Recently, the repository was recertified with the CoreTrustSeal certificate; this certification verifies the reliability and sustainability of digital repositories. This recertification underlines TiU’s ongoing commitment to meeting the highest standards for research data management and preservation.

TiU Dataverse is Tilburg University’s institutional data repository. It is part of DataverseNL , a data repository platform offered jointly by DANS and participating institutions. DANS manages the technical infrastructure and the institutions using DataverseNL are themselves responsible for the management and curation of the deposited research data. DataverseNL provides a secure and reliable platform for researchers to store, manage and share their data with the academic community, ensuring that the data is preserved and accessible for future use. The research data in the TiU Dataverse is managed by the Research Data Office (RDO) of the Tilburg University Library, so expertise and support is available on campus.

Importance of the seal for the university

CoreTrustSeal is an international seal of approval for data repositories that stands for sustainability, reliability and accessibility. The CoreTrustSeal assessment process assesses compliance with 16 requirements related to organisational governance, data management and technical infrastructure. To meet some of these requirements, TiU uses the services of DANS, including the DataverseNL platform and long-term archiving in the DANS Data Vault. The seal guarantees that the data in TiU Dataverse is stored securely and sustainably and has been assessed on a number of quality criteria. 

The CoreTrustSeal recertification process takes place every three years and ensures that the repository remains up-to-date with the latest standards and practices. By obtaining the CoreTrustSeal, TiU Dataverse is a so-called Trusted Digital Repository (TDR). This means that when researchers deposit their data in TiU Dataverse, they comply with the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principles and the requirements of national and international grant providers.

A total of 13 CoreTrustSeals have been awarded in the Netherlands. Tilburg University Dataverse was the first institution among the 19 partner institutions within DataverseNL to achieve the seal. View the complete list of certified repositories here. 

More information at the website of TiU.

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