This year the Dutch Data Prize will be awarded for the fifth time, to a researcher or research group that has made a special contribution to science by making research data accessible for new or additional research.

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.

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

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).

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.