by Stefano Sbarbati

DANS is the Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data. We help researchers make their data available for reuse. This allows researchers to use the data for new research and makes published research verifiable and reproducible. With more than 150,000 datasets and a staff of 60, DANS is one of the leading repositories in Europe.

DANS is an institute of  KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) and NWO (Dutch Research Council).

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

More information:
Project Manager Hella Hollander: