Reusing data

You are about to reuse data, available via DANS. This webpage provides you with relevant information.

The files in a dataset are subject to two access categories: Open Access or Restricted Access.

  1. Open Access: The files are directly accessible and do not require logging in
  2. Restricted Access: The files with ‘Restricted Access’ can be divided in two categories.
    1. Files which allow for an ‘Access Request’: The files are accessible after a) logging in and submitting an ‘Access Request’ and b) after the ‘Access Request’ has been approved by the depositor of the dataset.
    2. Files which do not allow for an ‘Access Request’:  These files are never accessible.

Before you can log in and request datasets, you must create an account on the Data Station.


Using a dataset
The terms and conditions for using a dataset depend on the depositor’s choice:

  1. Open Access: use is subject to the Open Access licence identified in the tab ‘Terms’. Various licences are possible, for example the licences from Creative Commons. Read more about the licences DANS offers here.
  2. For datasets with Restricted Access most of the time the DANS licence is used.


Citing a dataset
We ask you to cite datasets in accordance with the  Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles. To make dataset citation easier we advise to copy and paste the citation from the citation block at the top of the dataset page. It is also possible to download the citation directly in Endnote, RIS or BibText format. This source reference will consist of:

  • The name(s) and/or organisation of the creator(s) of the dataset;
  • The year in which the dataset was published;
  • The title of the dataset;
  • The persistent identifier (DOI) of the dataset as a full URL;
  • The name of the repository in which the dataset is stored: the DANS Data Station;
  • If applicable, the version number of the dataset.

For example:
P.K. Doorn; L.S. Bommeljé; J.A.C. Vroom; H. van Wijngaarden; Y.B. Bommeljé, 1990, “The Aetolian Studies Project”,, DANS Data Station Archaeology, V2


If you come across inaccuracies in a dataset, please let us know. DANS will pass the information on to the depositor. Do not forget to include the dataset’s persistent identifier.


If you have any questions, please contact us.


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