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Research Infrastructure

Data Archiving and Networked Services

Description DANS promotes sustained access to digital research data. For this purpose, DANS encourages researchers to archive and reuse data in a sustained manner, e.g. through the online archiving system EASY. DANS also provides access, via NARCIS.nl, 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. Driven by data, DANS ensures that access to digital research data keeps improving, through its services and by taking part in national & international projects and networks. DANS is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). As part of its mission, DANS supports the Open Access principle, while being aware of the fact that not all data can be freely available and without limitations at all times. Even so, it is important that research data that are not available (yet) or only available to a limited degree are archived in a sustained manner. Therefore, DANS applies the principle ‘Open if possible, protected if necessary’. To ensure that archived data can still be found, accessed and used in the future, DANS developed the Data Seal of Approval. This data seal can be requested and granted to data repositories that meet a number of clear criteria in the field of quality, preservation and accessibility of data. For more information please visit the website www.datasealofapproval.org. DANS can carry out or finance small data projects: such as feasibility studies and pilots on data archiving in a new discipline. 39 people work at DANS on a permanently, temporary and/or freelance basis.
URL http://www.dans.knaw.nl/en
Status Operational since 2005
Scientific Domains Biological and Medical Sciences
Social Sciences and Humanities
RI Categorization Databases
Location Anna van Saksenlaan 51, The Hague, 2593, Netherlands
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15565