DANS facilitates open access data

8 January 2015

From now on, depositors can make their datasets available under full open access in EASY. Interested parties can download this type of dataset without registration. This makes research data sharing even easier.

With the advent of this new access category, you can now make your data available in four different ways:

  1. Fully open access
  2. Unlimited access to all registered EASY users
  3. Access with depositor’s authorisation only
  4. Access from another source – the data are permanently archived at DANS but available through another organisation.

Depositing open access data
DANS encourages researchers to grant open access to their data. Open access data in EASY are subject to the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence, a common international standard. This means that depositors waive all rights to their data when they deposit them as an open access dataset in EASY. The data then enter the public domain. More information can be found on the Creative Commons website.

Reusing open access data
Interested parties may freely reuse the open access datasets, but DANS does require its users to cite the data in accordance with scientific practice. For more information, see the DANS Licence Agreement.

How to enable open access to your dataset
DANS intends to release as many deposited datasets as possible under the CC0 licence. We will, however, only do so if the depositor agrees. Would you like to grant open access to a dataset that you deposited in EASY? Please contact our data managers at .

More information
Want to know more about open access datasets in EASY? Email us at and we will be happy to assist you.

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