While curating datasets, we regularly come across gems that deserve to be highlighted. Such is the case with this dataset from the recovery of a Short Stirling W7630 fighter plane in the municipality of Echt-Susteren, Limburg, The Netherlands. This Short Stirling is the first aircraft salvaged according to the ‘National Programme for Salvage of Aircraft Wrecks’ and the research is yielding surprising insights.

Tilburg University (TiU) uses DataverseNL as the institutional repository for their research data. Recently, the repository was recertified with the CoreTrustSeal certificate; this certification verifies the reliability and sustainability of digital repositories. This recertification underlines TiU’s ongoing commitment to meeting the highest standards for research data management and preservation.

Want to learn what research councils know and learn about Open Science? Check out their seminar platform, which now is openly available online.

To better assist the community in applying open, FAIR, and Research Data Management (RDM) practices, we aim to develop guidance specifically on qualitative data and the possibilities for making it more FAIR and available for reuse. But what are the community’s needs? A survey during the February edition of the Data Stewards Interest Group (DISG)-meeting gave insights into those needs. The short report on this survey is now available online.

Contrary to earlier announcements, the NARCIS website will remain online until Monday 3 July. This was decided because it was recently announced that a number of parties need more time to make adjustments.

The technical environment as well as the content of the NARCIS website have been frozen from 9 January 2023. The NARCIS service will not be updated anymore. In case of issues, the site will have to be taken offline. For this reason, and because harvesting on behalf of NARCIS will also end then, 3 July is the deadline for phasing out.

The RDA TIGER project formally launched with a kick-off in Brussels last month. The project will support and increase the impact of Research Data Alliance (RDA) Working Groups that work towards Open Science developments and technologies, by providing a set of services which will be developed by cooperation with DANS.

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.

FAIR Data is an important element of Open Science. In Europe we are several years down the road and there are a lot of initiatives and fundings. What has this brought us so far? What is the status of the FAIR practices of researchers and the FAIRness of research data? The European Research Data Landscape study, which DANS was a partner in, dives into this. We summarise the most important and noticeable outcomes.