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Research Data Netherlands partnership launched

08 May 2013

The Hague, 8 May 2013 - Today, 3TU.Datacentrum and Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) are launching the partnership Research Data Netherlands. With this coalition, which is open to other parties as well, the two data archives are joining forces in the area of sustainable data archiving.

3TU.Datacentrum and DANS have already been collaborating for some time, including activities involved in organising the biennial Dutch Data Prize and the course entitled Data Intelligence 4 Librarians. The establishment of the coalition will strengthen this collaboration, according to DANS Director Peter Doorn. “Research Data Netherlands is bringing us a step closer towards our shared mission: promoting sustainable accessibility and the responsible reuse of scientific research. This will ultimately be of benefit to science as a whole.” Wilma van Wezenbeek, Director of TU Delft Library and spokesperson for 3TU.Datacentrum, is also pleased with the initiative. “It’s a logical step to collaborate, because it will allow us to approach all issues concerning research data across disciplines and institutions in a much more efficient and customer-friendly manner.”


Both Directors emphasize that Research Data Netherlands (RDN) is open to other research libraries and archives, provided they meet the requirements for a Trustworthy Digital Repository (e.g. the Data Seal of Approval).

About 3TU.Datacentrum and DANS

3TU.Datacentrum is an initiative of the three universities of technology in the Netherlands (Delft, Eindhoven and Twente). 3TU.Datacentrum offers researchers permanent access to research data, as well as advice and support related to data management. It currently hosts approximately 5300 technical-scientific datasets.

Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). It promotes sustained access to digital research data, including through the online archiving system EASY. With, DANS also provides access to thousands of scientific datasets, e-publications and other research information in the Netherlands. In addition, the institute provides training and advice, and performs research into sustained access to digital information.

picture: Wilma van Wezenbeek and Peter Doorn signing the partnership Research Data Netherlands, in the presence of Ron Dekker (director NWO), Wim Liebrand (director SURF) and Jeroen Rombouts (head 3TU.Datacentrum) [from left to right]