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.

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.