Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
Science area

Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)

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 & 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).

‘Open if possible, protected if necessary’

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’.

The DANS data archive collection contains thousands of datasets in the fields of humanities, archaeology, geospatial sciences and behavioural and social sciences. Contracts have been concluded with various institutions, such as the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Dutch Land Registry Office (Kadaster), Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the national government, with regard to the delivery of new data for scientific research.



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