The formation of three science-wide Digital Competence Centres has started. As a first step, the Governing Board of NWO has agreed to allocate a total of 4.5 million euros for the appointment of network coordinators. They will strengthen data intensive research together with experts and infrastructures within their research domain.

During a session of the Dutch national Open Science Festival, ODISSEI launched the first version of the ODISSEI portal. This portal combines metadata from a wide variety of research data repositories into a single interface, allowing for advanced semantic queries to support findability, and facilitate data access to social science datasets in the Netherlands.

DANS and IKOS continue their collaboration in various forms. Andrea Scharnhorst from DANS is appointed as Associate fellow at the Institute for Knowledge Organization and Structure (IKOS). 

In order to gather voices of the community on RDM practices, the DARIAH working group Research Data Management organized a two-day writing sprint. DANS research data management experts Femmy Admiraal and Francesca Morselli participated in the meeting.

Empowering researchers in the social sciences through digital technology

In this call the ODISSEI (Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations) and the Netherlands eScience Center invite scientists to submit a proposal. In order to do this they need to be employed at an ODISSEI member organization, whose main area of expertise is in the social sciences. 

The latest release of the CESSDA Data Catalogue is focused on improving interoperability with external organisations.

The CESSDA Data Catalogue (CDC) contains the metadata of data holdings of CESSDA’s Service Providers, including DANS who is the CESSDA Service provider for the Netherlands. It’s a one-stop-shop for research and discovery, enabling access to extensive collections of data relevant to social science research. The CDC is also part of the EOSC marketplace.

To reach a common picture on how FAIR and metadata are connected and what guidance can be given to properly provide metadata in order to claim your (spatial) data are FAIR, the Netherlands Geodetic Commission (NCG) organises a workshop for scientists and data stewards working with geospatial data. The workshop shall take place in the afternoon of the 7th of July at the WUR Campus (Omnia building) in Wageningen.

On 26 April DANS signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cluster, as one of the Dutch partners within the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) project.