Who will win the Dutch Data Prize 2018?

This year, for the fifth time, the Dutch Data Prize will be awarded for a scientist or research group that has made an extraordinary contribution to science by making research data available for additional or new research. Researchers can nominate themselves, another researcher or a research group. The deadline for nominations is July 1st. The award ceremony will be held at the end of 2018.


In 2018 the Data Prize will be awarded in three categories: 1) humanities and social sciences, 2) exact and technical sciences and 3) medical and life sciences. Curious for the previous Data Prize winners?


The winners receive a sculpture and €5,000 to make their data set (more) accessible, (for instance by organising a symposium or disclosing the data online).

Reward ceremony & jury

The date and location of the award ceremony, as well as the composition of the jury will be announced as soon as possible.

The criteria for nomination

In order to be eligible for the Dutch Data Prize, the nominee's data must meet the following conditions:

  • The data must be in a 'trustworthy digital repository';
  • The data are available on the basis of open access or the documentation of the dataset explains why open access is not possible and under which conditions interested parties can get access to the data.
  • The data, or the research potential enabled by them, must be of (inter)national importance;
  • The data must facilitate answering new research questions or identify new answers to old questions;
  • The manager or depositor of the data has made efforts to ensure that the data will be accessible and usable for others in the long term (for example demonstrated by high-quality metadata/documentation);
  • The data must be used extensively, or have this potential.


If you have any questions about the Data Prize, please contact dataprijs@researchdata.nl.

Enthousiast winners last years 

  • "Show how good your database or dataset is! For us, the Data Prize has been a jewel in our crown.” Kees Mandemakers, 2010 Data Prize winner
  • "Being awarded the Data Prize, even being nominated, underlines the importance of your work. It feels good.” Maarten Marx, 2012 Data Prize winner
  • "Winning the Data Prize indicates that we are on the right track.” Mark van Koningsveld, 2012 Data Prize winner
  • "The Data Prize is a confirmation that we’re heading in the right direction.” Martine de Bruin, 2014 Data Prize winner
  • "Winning the Data Prize allows us to make important improvements we have long desired.” Marijke Dekker, 2014 Data Prize winner
  • "We are honored that the jury underlined the international and interdisciplinary importance of the dataset." Loes Scholten, winner of the Data Prize 2016
  • "We are extremely pleased and proud, winning this award shows that the years of development were more than worth it." Bastijn Koopmans, winner of the Data Prize 2016
  • "The Data Prize is a good boost for all the work." Joaquin Vanschoren, winner of the Data Prize 2016