About Research Data Netherlands

Research Data Netherlands is a national coalition of data archives with a mission to promote long-term archiving and reuse of research data. The coalition was founded in 2013 by 4TU.Centre for Research Data and Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) and was joined by SURFsara in September 2014. RDNL is open to other parties.

A unified back-office

The partners in Research Data Netherlands aim to fulfil a back-office function in the process of data curation: in other words to ensure that the research data delivered to them is permanently archived. The so-called front offices (university libraries, for example) deal directly with researchers and can advise them in ensuring that research data is accommodated in one of the archives. This means that the research data is permanently accessible and available for reuse. The combining of the knowledge, skills and objectives of the partners within Research Data Netherlands creates a powerful back-office that can serve the front-offices efficiently. The front-offices and other parties, for example providers of technical infrastructure, benefit from a national expertise centre that can be accessed from a single point of contact: your partner in research data curation.

If you are a front-office or other party and would like to work together with the Research Data Netherlands coalition, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Quality hallmark essential

The data archives associated with Research Data Netherlands all have a Data Seal of Approval or a comparable quality hallmark as a minimum. This quality standard is further testament to the shared mission of the participating parties and the coalition as a whole: promoting long-term archiving and the reuse of research data.

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