Data Archiving and Networked Services

  • DANS
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Records Management and Collecting Policies

DANS promotes sustained access to digital research data. For this purpose, DANS encourages researchers to archive and re-use data in a sustained manner. 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 and 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 is not available (yet) or only available to a limited degree isarchived 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.

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Archival and Other Holdings

DANS encourages scientific researchers to archive and reuse data in a sustained form via the archiving system EASY. EASY offers access to thousands of datasets in the Humanities, e.g. History and Archaeology, Social and behavioural sciences, and Geospatial sciences. Data and documentation files are available for downloading free of charge for registered users.

Moreover, DANS provides access to thousands of scientific datasets and other research information through NARCIS. NARCIS is a portal focussing on scientific information and descriptions of research projects, experts, and research institutes in the Netherlands. Among others, NARCIS contains 964,552 publications, 179,806 datasets and 61,798 research projects.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

DANS promotes sustained access to digital research data. For this, DANS encourages scientific researchers to archive and reuse data in a sustained form via the archiving system EASY. EASY is an online archiving system for depositing and downloading research data. Among others, it contains datasets from the following disciplines: Humanities, Health Sciences, Social and Behavioural sciences, Oral History and Spatial Sciences.

Moreover, DANS provides access to thousands of scientific datasets and other research information through NARCIS. NARCIS is the national portal with regard to scientific information (i.e. open access publications from the repositories of all Dutch universities, KNAW, NWO, and various scientific insitutions and datasets of several data archives) and descriptions of research projects, experts, and research institutes in the Netherlands.

Conditions of Access

Data and documentation files are available for downloading free of charge for registered users of EASY. In a number of cases, permission from the depositor is required before you can download the datafiles.

Downloading of the information in NARCIS, or copying it in any other fashion, is permitted. One exception applies to this regulation. Re-use of information in the sections "Persons" and "Organizations" is restricted.

Accessibility

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