DANS involved in two NWO National Roadmap projects

22 February 2023

On Monday 20 February, NWO brought the news that nine projects will receive 140 million euros to set up or improve large-scale research infrastructure. The Dutch research field jointly set its priorities for investment in large-scale research infrastructure for the next ten years in the so called National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Infrastructure. DANS is involved in two of these projects: SSHOC-NL and LTER-LIFE.

Digital infrastructure for SSH-domain. 

SSHOC-NL (Social Science and Humanities Open Cloud for the Netherlands) will make it possible for researchers to securely and ethically link and analyse a huge range of data. Think about historical records, textual data, images, survey data, and social media data. SSHOC-NL is a collaboration between ODISSEI (Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations) and CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) and fifteen national partners. The digital infrastructure SSHOC-NL develops, helps researchers address some of the most pressing issues that society faces such as polarisation, social inequalities, and the impact of environmental changes. DANS is involved in various components of the collaboration, focussing on the integration of and exchange between different kinds of datasets, metadata and tools, enhancing the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of both the data and the tools needed to analyse them. 

Read more about the grant and the SSHOC-NL project.


LTER-LIFE aims to study and predict how global change affects ecosystems. LTER stands for Long-term Ecosystem Research, an international network of research facilities that includes two Dutch large ecosystems: De Hoge Veluwe and the Wadden Sea. The project grants twenty million euros. The LTER-LIFE research environment allows ecologists to link scattered long-term data on plants, animals and the environment, share methods for data analysis, modelling and simulation, and build digital replicas (Digital Twins) of entire ecosystems. These Digital Twins make it possible to understand and predict how ecosystems react to prolonged drought or the arrival of exotic plants and animals, for example. LTER-LIFE only works if large amounts of well-structured data are available, for the long term. Data from ongoing research programmes, but also historical data collected sometimes more than 40 years ago that are in danger of being lost due to lack of resources and good infrastructure.In LTER-LIFE, DANS shares its knowledge and expertise in the field of long-term storage of research data and the optimal reuse of these data. LTER-LIFE is coordinated by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), a KNAW institute with which DANS already collaborates in various ways. Other partners include the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

Read more about the grant and the LTER-LIFE project.

More information about the National Roadmap and the funding can be read on the website of NWO


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