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DANS - Data Archiving and Networked Services

DANS - Data Archiving and Networked Services


DANS is the Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data. We help researchers make their data available for reuse. This allows researchers to use the data for new research and makes published research verifiable and reproducible.

Contribution to Open Science

DANS exists since 2005, but the institute has two predecessors that exists much longer: the Steinmetz Archive (for the social sciences) exists since 1964 and the Historical Data Archive was founded in 1989. DANS is an institute of KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) and NWO (Dutch Research Council).

Goals and objectives

By futher development of the data repository and enhancing the expertise on research data management DANS will contribute to the long-term preservation and reuse of research data.

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Contact Info
Elly Dijk
Research Data Management Specialist
  • Data stations in the Social Sciences and Humanities; Archaeologie; Life, Helath and Medical Sciences; and Physical and Technical Sciences. 
  • DataverseNL: Storing, registering and sharing research data online, both during the research and after it is completed.  
  • Data Vault: certified long-term preservation repository. 
  • Data expertise on FAIR and Open Data; Research Data Management; Certification of Digital Archives; Monitoring and analysis. 
  • NARCIS: national scholarly portal with information about (open access) publications; research data; and descriptions of research projects, experts and research institutes in the Netherlands.