Anja Smit, currently Librarian of Utrecht University, will be the new director of DANS, national expertise centre and repository for research data. She will be succeeding Henk Wals in mid-July, who is retiring.

SSHOC partners and stakeholders will gather in Brussels and online on 6 and 7 April for the SSHOC Final Conference titled: “Advancing SSH Research with SSHOCinlgy good and sustainable Resources”.

In just under four years, the number of deposited datasets has more than doubled to 200,000. In part, this has been made possible by the ‘machine-to-machine’ depositing of data, without human intervention. We have made strict agreements with the various institutions for this automatic depositing of data.

Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch has been appointed as the new CESSDA Director. Her five-year term will begin on 1 April 2022.

The CoreTrustSeal Board is seeking input on the intended changes to the Trustworthy Data Repository Requirements for 2023-2025. The survey will be open until 15 April 2022.

Research Data Netherlands (RDNL), the partnership between 4TU.ResearchData, DANS and SURF welcomes Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL). With the arrival of this new partner, RDNL can better serve all domains of science benefitting from a joint approach to training, long-term preservation and FAIR-based data stewardship.

In response to last week’s military invasion of Ukraine by Russia we at DANS, institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), join academies in All European Academies (ALLEA) and wholeheartedly underwrite the below statement made by the ALLEA presidency in support of Ukraine, its citizens, its academics, and its academic Institutions. We also emphatically support the Russian academics who are protesting against the military actions of the Russian government.

DANS contributed to the translation of terms available in the CESSDA topic classification. The terms of this and eight other controlled vocabularies published in the CESSDA Vocabulary Service are now available in Dutch.