Data Prize

Who will win the Dutch Data Prize 2018?

This year, for the fifth time, the Dutch Data Prize has been awarded for a scientist or research group that has made an extraordinary contribution to science by making research data available for additional or new research. Untill July 1th, researchers could nominate themselves, another researcher or a research group.

The Data Prize was awarded in three categories: 1) humanities and social sciences, 2) exact and technical sciences and 3) medical and life sciences. The winners of the Data Prize 2018 have been announced and went home with €5,000 and a sculpture. The €5,000 enables the winners to make their data set (more) accessible, for instance by organising a symposium or disclosing the data online. 

The award ceremony has taken place at the NWO and is surrounded by an interesting programme for researchers, data supporters and data stewards.

Programme Data Prize 2018: Celebrating Data! What's next?

Note that the main language of the day is in Dutch

Time             Activity Room
9.45 Welcome with coffee and tea


10.15 Welcome by Peter Doorn, chair RDNL and director DANS 300
10.25 Keynote: Dr. Rens van de Schoot, associate professor Methodology and Statistics; member of the 'Jonge Akademie' of the KNAW: "Sharing your data: Utopia or Dystopia? A discussion about the dilemmas around open data and the small steps we can take". 300

Parallel sessions*:

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Lunch, with poster presentations nominees

GDL Area DatabasePortable Antiquities of the Netherlands (PAN)ETCBC-database of the Hebrew BibleBLUEPRINTBBMRI-omics1000IBDOpenINTEL Active DNS MeasurementsHANZEAgroDataCube


Parallel sessions*:

Research as a service: de beste werkomgeving voor jouw onderzoek
Datasupport en coördinatie van start tot finish
De AVG in je DMP
Leer meer over Datasupport

14:00 Award ceremony by Stan Gielen, president of NWO 300
14:30 Celebrating data with bubbles and cake 305/307

 *More information about the parallel sessions will soon be available

Under supervision of Stan Gielen (voorzitter NWO), the members of the jury are:

  • In the category 'Humanities and Social Sciences': Jos Bazelmans (hoofd Archeologie Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, bijzonder hoogleraar Monumentenzorg Vrije Universiteit) and Hans de Jonge (adviseur Open Science & Kwaliteit NWO)
  • In the category 'Exact and Technical Sciences': Frank van Harmelen (hoogleraar Knowledge Representation & Reasoning Vrije Universiteit) and Geert-Jan Houben (hoogleraar Web Information Systems TU Delft, directeur Delft Data Science)
  • In the category 'Medical and Life Sciences': Inez Joung (Chief Data Officer Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu) en Nanda Piersma (bijzonder lector Big Data in de Stad Hogeschool van Amsterdam)


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Enthousiast winners last years 

  • "Show how good your database or dataset is! For us, the Data Prize has been a jewel in our crown.” Kees Mandemakers, 2010 Data Prize winner
  • "Being awarded the Data Prize, even being nominated, underlines the importance of your work. It feels good.” Maarten Marx, 2012 Data Prize winner
  • "Winning the Data Prize indicates that we are on the right track.” Mark van Koningsveld, 2012 Data Prize winner
  • "The Data Prize is a confirmation that we’re heading in the right direction.” Martine de Bruin, 2014 Data Prize winner
  • "Winning the Data Prize allows us to make important improvements we have long desired.” Marijke Dekker, 2014 Data Prize winner
  • "We are honored that the jury underlined the international and interdisciplinary importance of the dataset." Loes Scholten, winner of the Data Prize 2016
  • "We are extremely pleased and proud, winning this award shows that the years of development were more than worth it." Bastijn Koopmans, winner of the Data Prize 2016
  • "The Data Prize is a good boost for all the work." Joaquin Vanschoren, winner of the Data Prize 2016