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3TU.Datacentrum and DANS join forces

Wednesday, 8 May 2013
On 8 May 2013 3TU.Datacentrum and Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) launched the partnership Research Data Netherlands. With this coalition, which is open to other parties as well, the two data archives are joining forces in the area of sustainable data archiving.

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).