On 26 January 2018, the kick-off meeting took place about GO TRAIN, one of three GO FAIR pillars.

Obtaining a Data Seal of Approval (DSA) provides 7 benefits according to the DSA-organization. But do users also experience these benefits? The IJDC peer-reviewed paper ‘The Perceived Value of Acquiring Data Seals of Approval’ confirms: DSA delivers what they promise.

The European Multi Stakeholder Platform (MSP), an expert advisory group of the European Commission in the field of ICT standardisation, has advised in favour of several technical specifications submitted by the Research Data Alliance (RDA).

Extended guidance for the new certification for data repositories, CoreTrustSeal (CTS), has recently become available.

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) organises three webinars in November: on data citation, the RDA-system The Atlas of Knowledge and one about the use of the RDA for the humanities.

DANS and the Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO), together with the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) of the University of Amsterdam, organise on 7 & 8 December a mini-symposium and several workshops about open science, data and tools in ecological and evolutionary research.

On Friday 16 March 2018 DANS organises, together with the national coordination team of the European Social Survey (ESS), the sixth Dutch ESS-workshop. The deadline for sending in papers is February 1st.

Nowadays, academia operates largely project-based, along envisioned research paths. But innovation can neither be planned nor be forecast. Unexpected insights and results are like ‘kersen op de taart’. This news item reports of two such ‘cherries’, resulting from collaborations within and across different national and international research infrastructure projects in the Digital Humanities.