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.


On the website of the EHRI-project a blog is posted that describes how metadata provided by DANS was integrated into the EHRI-Portal. The intention was to create a fully automated “pipeline” between the DANS data catalogue and the EHRI-Portal.


Museums have unique recordings of spoken stories about artworks in their archives, but this ‘oral history’ is often difficult to access. DANS is one of the partners in the project Oral History – Stories at the Museum around Artworks (OH-SMArt). In this project, researchers from various Dutch institutions will greatly improve this accessibility. The project is financed by the Platform Digital Infrastructure for Social Sciences and Humanities (PDI-SSH).


Within the SSHOC project a question data bank for Ethnic and Migrant Minority Surveys has been developed. The pilot version of the EMM QDB is now live!


Save the Date! In September, DANS will be organising a train-the-trainer event on using Dataverse as an archive or discovery platform. The event is part of the CESSDA training activities and targeted at data stewards and data managers working at (CESSDA) archives or institutional repositories using Dataverse.