DANS certified as Regular Member of ICSU-WDS

9 November 2015

DANS is accepted unconditionally as Regular Member of the International Council for Science – World Data System (ICSU-WDS). With this certification WDS sees DANS as a trustworthy party in terms of authenticity, integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and services.

The feedback of ICSU-WDS: “The application of DANS is an extraordinarily well supported and presented proposal with no major weaknesses or deficiencies identified. In fact, it could be used as a model application for certification. 

Good points

  • Clear organization (steering committee and advisory boards, organization chart, manpower)
  • Clear and complete documentation related to data management or strategic planning.
  • Easy to handle and efficient website, even for a complete outsider to the considered research areas. Full transparency of the site was especially noted!
  • Partnerships with Academies within the Netherlands provide an unusually stable support for DANS.


The ICSU-WDS promotes access to and long-term management of scientific data, data services, products and information. It’s goal is to create and coordinate global ‘communities of excellence’ for scientific data services, for example by certifying members of the WDS according to international standards.

More information

Please find more information about ICSU-WDS and certification on the website of ICSU-WDS.

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