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Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
Hosting Legal Entity
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Anna van Saksenlaan 51, The Hague, PO: 2593 (Netherlands)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2005
Scientific 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, 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 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 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 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.

RI Keywords
E-research, Archive digital research data, Data seal of approval, Scientific data infrastructure
RI Category
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Humanities and Arts
Social Sciences
DANS services (

EASY data archiving and online access to data; Persistent Identifiers; DANS EASY Online Analysis Tool; DANS Data Portal; Data Management Plan; Access to Statistics Netherlands (CBS) data; Access to data from the European data archives collections; Access to data and the online learning centre of ICPSR; Research and Development; Retro-archiving data: the ADA method; DANS subsidy for small data projects; DANS Symposia; Dutch Censuses; Dutch Geographic Information System - NLGis; WIVU database Hebrew Old Testament; Language and literature services.

Development and production services


Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities (DARIAH)
Digital Services Infrastructure for Social Sciences and Humanities (DASISH)
Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives
Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C)
NeDiMAH (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities)
EUDAT - European Data Infrastructure
Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe (OpenAIRE)
CEDAR - Census Data Open Linked
Data without Boundaries project (DwB)
ACUMEN (Academic Careers Understood through MEasurement and Norms)
Date of last update: 24/01/2014
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