3TU.Datacentrum and DANS have already been collaborating for some time, including activities involved in organising the biennial Dutch Data Prize and the course entitled Data Intelligence 4 Librarians. The establishment of the coalition will strengthen this collaboration, according to DANS Director Peter Doorn. “Research Data Netherlands is bringing us a step closer towards our shared mission: promoting sustainable accessibility and the responsible reuse of scientific research. This will ultimately be of benefit to science as a whole.” Wilma van Wezenbeek, Director of TU Delft Library and spokesperson for 3TU.Datacentrum, is also pleased with the initiative. “It’s a logical step to collaborate, because it will allow us to approach all issues concerning research data across disciplines and institutions in a much more efficient and customer-friendly manner.”
Both Directors emphasize that Research Data Netherlands (RDN) is open to other research libraries and archives, provided they meet the requirements for a Trustworthy Digital Repository (e.g. the Data Seal of Approval).