In May, DANS co-organized the ‘BY-COVID Workshop on the integration of socioeconomic data in observational studies on vaccine effectiveness’ in The Hague. A joint report by workshop participants and other experts has now been published, describing the presentations, discussions during the event, and providing a roadmap for how socioeconomic data can contribute to studies of vaccine effectiveness as well as other infectious disease research moving forward.

In May and June 2023 the University of Pretoria, South Africa held their annual CODATA-RDA School for Research Data Science (SoRDS). This online school, part of the international SoRDS network, focuses on building foundational data science skills amongst early career researchers in low/middle-income countries. The schools are staffed by volunteer instructors and a small number of student helpers to support the learners. These dedicated volunteer helpers play a vital role in the success of the schools. To encourage the student helpers and acknowledge the importance of their work, DANS awarded the most active helper with a ticket to the IASSIST African chapter.

The IFLA Library Services for Multicultural Populations (MCULTP) Satellite event with the theme ‘Empowering Diverse Librarianship’ will present library workers with the tools to build, sustain, and strengthen a diverse and inclusive workplace through a variety of presentations and panel discussions. This Satellite aims to hold a forum for all library workers, to establish mutual understanding through hearing others’ voices.

Images of the Open Science participants joining online.

The international Open Science Conference was held on 27-29 June 2023, celebrating its 10th anniversary. We provided several different sessions in the programme and had a great time discussing current topics and developments with all kinds of different stakeholders. Join us in looking back on these lovely few days!

Following an invitation by the FDO Forum, DANS Honorary Fellow Herbert Van de Sompel held a presentation about the relationship between FAIR Digital Objects and FAIR Signposting. This presentation is available online on Zenodo. We give you a short recap in this article.

The ODISSEI Portal has been updated and this third version now allows you to search for CBS metadata records available in Dutch by using English search terms. There are almost 7,500 datasets available throughout the different Dutch institutes. 

On Thursday 25 May, SAE (Stichting Academisch Erfgoed) presented the report ‘Dicht het zwarte gat!’ (translation: Close the black hole) to raise awareness of academic heritage that is digital in origin and in reality not under legal archiving obligations. DANS’ Deputy Director Ingrid Dillo contributed to this report and spoke at the symposium about the opportunities offered by (inter)national scientific data infrastructures to preserve digitally born academic heritage and keep it accessible.

DANS’ second Data Station is now live. With this data station, researchers from the social sciences and humanities can archive their datasets online themselves, secure, findable and provided with all essential information.