by Stefano Sbarbati

Data Archiving and Networked Services (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).

DANS is one of the founding members of the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH), where it leads the competency group on scholarly content management (VCC3).

The e-depot for Dutch archaeology e-Depot Nederlandse Archeologie (EDNA), is accommodated at DANS. The e-depot stores the digital files with research data of Dutch archaeologists. DANS is partner of ARIADNE.

DANS is partner of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), where it manages metadata standards and the integration of metadata from the collections of the different institutions

DANS pioneered the Data Seal of Approval (DSA), it has obtained the DSA quality mark for the EASY online archiving system and is the first archive in the Netherlands working on certification in accordance with the DIN standard. With this experience, we are able to coach archives in the steps required to become trustworthy.

DANS is Work Package leader for Work Package 3 Common Policies and Strategies and participates in Work Package 2 Community Involvement and Requirements, Work Package 4 Standardization and Work Package 7 Skills, Professional Development and Advancement.


Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
Anna van Saksenlaan 51 – 2593 HW The Hague
P.O. Box 93067 – 2509 AB The Hague
The Netherlands
+31 70 349 44 50

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