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The Dutch Data Prize

Every two years, the Dutch Data Prize is awarded to a researcher or research group that contributes extra to science by making research data available for additional or new research. In order to have a chance to win this prize, researchers can nominate themselves or another researcher or research group.

Data price 2020

On 18 November 2020, the Dutch Data Prize was once again awarded.

The Dataprijs was awarded in three categories:

  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Exact and technical sciences
  • Medical and life sciences

The winners of the Dutch Data Prize go home with €5.000,- to make their dataset(s) accessible (e.g. by organizing a symposium or by making the data accessible online) and a sculpture.

Award ceremony

The award ceremony took place online on 18 November 2020.

The Data Prize 2020 was embedded in an online program for researchers, data supporters and data stewards.

Prize Winning Research Data Practices

Both the Dutch Data Prize and the Incentive Prize are valuable recognitions of researchers’ contributions to their own field and to principle of Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data. While there are many routes to practicing FAIR data management, each of the winners had the opportunity to share some of the ‘behind the scenes’ details about their research and data management practices in a short address following their award acceptance.

Winners of the 2020 Dutch Data Awards 

  • Category humanities and social sciences: 17th century newspapers, Nicoline van der Sijs, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal & Delpher, National Library of The Netherlands  
  • Category exact and technical sciences: STORM, Nadia Bloemendaal, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU Amsterdam
  • Category medical and life sciences: CoronaWatchNL, Jonathan de Bruin and CoronaWatchNL community, University of Utrecht

Winners of the 2020 Incentive Awards 

  • Category humanities and social sciences: MyMovez Project, The MyMovez Team, Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • Category exact and technical sciences: The Orchid Flowers dataset, Diah H. Apriyanti, Datamanagement & Biometrics Group, Faculty of EEMCS, University of Twente
  • Category medical and life sciences: SPI-BIRDS, Marcel Visser and Antica Culina, Netherlands Institute of Ecology NIOO-KNAW

Do you want to read more about the winners of 2020? Click here.


The Dutch Data Prize 2020 is offered to you by 4TU.ResearchData, DANS, DTL, Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed, Netherlands eScience Center, Landelijk Coördinatiepunt Research Data Management (LCRDM), Open AIRE, SURF and the Research Data Working Group of the partnership between university libraries and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.