DANS wishes you a merry christmas and happy newyear

In the dynamic landscape of research data, 2023 proved to be a year of remarkable developments for DANS. From the launch of Data Stations to participation in international projects, here’s an overview of the highlights.

From 11 December 2023, it will no longer be possible to deposit data in EASY. Researchers, groups of researchers and data professionals can archive and publish their data in one of the four domain-specific DANS Data Stations. There is a Data Station for Archaeology, Social Sciences and Humanities, Physical & Technical Sciences, and a Data Station for Life Sciences.

From 1 December, Erasmus Medical Centre has been using the research data repository DataverseNL, followed by Utrecht University of Applied Sciences from 1 January. This brings the number of participating institutes to twenty-two.

The DANS Data Station for the Life Sciences, enabling researchers and data professionals in the Medical, Health, and Green Life Sciences to digitally archive and publish research data, is now live.

Regularly, while curating datasets, we come across gems that deserve to be highlighted. This certainly applies to the dataset containing a geomorphogenetic map of Nijmegen-North, the Netherlands, which is available in the Data Station Archaeology. This map reveals the palaeogeographic and soil data of the area and offers a wealth of information.

The BY-COVID project’s second Annual General Assembly took place in Barcelona on October 9-10. DANS co-organised the workshop ‘GDPR – common challenges when mobilising data’, aiming to gather experiences, challenges, and solutions to GDPR-related issues when mobilising data for infectious disease research. 

Image of handwritten Middle Age obituary texts

At DANS, we take pride in preserving scientific data. On World Digital Preservation Day (#WDPD23), we highlight the importance of taking good care of research data. 

A screenshot of the ODISSEI Portal

This week a new version of the ODISSEI Portal is launched. This is the fourth release since the first prototype which was launched in September 2022. The ODISSEI Portal combines metadata from a wide variety of research data repositories into a single interface, allowing for advanced queries to support findability, and facilitate data access to social science datasets in the Netherlands.