It was recently announced that NWO has allocated 4.5 million to recruit network coordinators for the Thematic Digital Competence Centres (TDCC) programme. The team for TDCC Social Sciences & Humanities has been formed. Nicole Emmenegger will start on 15 February 2023 as Network Manager and Nils Arlinghaus will follow on 1 March 2023 as Community Coordinator. 

DANS Data Station Manager Ricarda Braukmann wrote a blog about PIDs and why you should love them for ODISSEI. Persistent Identifiers or PIDs allow us to uniquely identify digital research resources like publications and datasets, ensuring the resources remain accessible over time. The ODISSEI FAIR Support team has published a blog post that takes you through the concept of PIDs, and how PIDs help make our research FAIR. The post also explains the different kinds of PIDs that currently exist for publications, datasets, people, organisations and grants.

Read the complete blog post here.

Digital technologies contribute to the accessibility of cultural heritage. Yet there is still a lot to gain. The MuseIT project aims to achieve more inclusiveness in the protection of cultural heritage. DANS cooperates in this project.  

A milestone has been reached in the first year of the BY-COVID project. Over 600 COVID-19-related studies from the social sciences and humanities (SSH), harvested from the CESSDA Data Catalogue (CDC) are added in the COVID-19 Data Portal. Also, BY-COVID had its first General Assembly this month, which highlighted the important role of socioeconomic data for infectious disease research, and for responding to public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since spring 2021, DANS has been working on the project “Working together with and on data: DIGILAB and FAIR”. This was an assignment of the Dutch hub of the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) consortium,, which is in formation. This project carried out a landscape inventory and needs analysis around data management in Dutch heritage science. All findings from the landscape study were compiled in a report (Dutch) that was presented to the working group to promote the further establishment of the network.

The Tour of CESSDA highlight each of the CESSDA national service providers one at a time. This time we take a trip to the Netherlands to meet with colleagues working at DANS, the Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data.

The ODISSEI FAIR Support Team is initiating a series of blog posts explaining the world of FAIR data by giving background information and explanations. 

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.