January 14, 2020

Pure International Conference 2019

By Richard Broekman

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PureSignOp 16 en 17 oktober 2019 vond in Praag de vijfde Pure International Conference plaats. Deze door Elsevier georganiseerde conferentie is de gelegenheid waarbij gebruikers van het Research Informatiesysteem Pure elkaar ontmoeten. Tilburg University gebruikt Pure om de wetenschappelijke output van onderzoekers te registreren en te presenteren. Twee medewerkers van LIS Research Support namen deel aan de conferentie, Frank Diepmaat en Richard Broekman.

Naast algemene informatie over het huidige product en de roadmap voor toekomstige ontwikkelingen, waren er veel presentaties van collega-instellingen die Pure gebruiken. Een conferentie als deze is dan een goede manier om te kijken hoe andere instellingen omgaan met vraagstukken die ook binnen Tilburg University leven.

Een paar interessante ontwikkelingen:

  • Elsevier streeft ernaar Pure volledig Plan S “compliant” te maken. Dit is iets waar wij zeker baat bij hebben, om te voldoen aan de Plan S eisen.
  • Er komen meer mogelijkheden om data te importeren uit andere systemen. Onderzoekers kunnen nu al hun publicaties importeren uit bijvoorbeeld Web of Science. Het aantal bronnen zal toenemen en de kwaliteit van de import zal worden verbeterd. Onderzoekers kunnen meer publicaties van henzelf importeren. Dit betekent minder werk voor de onderzoeker.
  • Pure werkt met API’s om koppelingen met andere systemen mogelijk te maken. Tot nu toe was het alleen mogelijk om ingevoerde data uit Pure te halen. Er wordt nu gewerkt aan een API waarmee we ook bewerkingen op de data kunnen uitvoeren. Dit maakt het eenvoudiger om de kwaliteit van data te verbeteren.
  • Introductie van DataSearch in de nieuwste versie van Pure 5.16. Met deze tool kunnen metadata van datasets uit bijna 40 databases geïmporteerd worden in Pure. Voorwaarde is wel dat de dataset een DOI heeft. In de toekomst wil Elsevier het mogelijk maken dat instellingen ook de import van eigen bronnen kunnen configureren. Dit kan interessant zijn voor een koppeling van Tilburg University DataVerse met Pure.
  • Pure zal doorontwikkeld worden met het oog op de ondersteuning van de hele “research-lifecycle”. Pure moet –in de visie van Elsevier– steeds meer de belangrijkste processen in die cyclus gaan ondersteunen: planning->project->publish->promote->impact
  • Steeds meer instellingen gaan over op hosting van Pure in de cloud. Dit wordt steeds interessanter gezien de dalende kosten, de relatief stabiele implementaties van nieuwe versies en de goede ervaringen bij andere universiteiten.

Naast presentaties over het gebruik van het product zelf, was er ook aandacht voor toepassingen om het gebruik van de Pure portal software te analyseren en te promoten. Dit heeft onze bijzondere aandacht, aangezien we proberen de vindbaarheid van onze wetenschappelijke profielpagina’s in Google te verbeteren.

Alle presentaties zijn hier te vinden:


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December 31, 2019

An eventful year

By Richard Broekman

Calendar showing week numbers

Photo by Behy Studio on Unsplash

At the end of another busy year, we would like to look back at events LIS-RS staff organized or participated in. Where possible, we link to the appropriate blog entry for more information.

If you participated in, or attended any of the events, we hope you found them inspiring and useful. Keep an eye on the intranet events page and our blog for announcements of events in 2020.  We look forward to seeing you at one or more of those. If you are interested in Research Data Management, we already have a couple of events planned.

Our events of 2019


December 4, 2019

Where the magic happens: Pre-registration for qualitative research

By Daan Rutten

For anyone who does not think pre-registration could be helpful for qualitative studies, for instance in the fields of Humanities and Law: maybe it is time to reconsider.

As a former researcher in the field of Humanities, I must admit that pre-registration was not a concern at all. Most colleagues and I thought it was only suited for quantitative research projects. In quantitative and empirical projects, it is more likely that scholars use very accurate hypotheses and sharply defined datasets. When this is the case, it definitely makes sense to pre-register your research design. Others will be able to check your preliminary plan, which counters the temptation to manipulate hypotheses during the scientific cycle in such a way they ‘magically’ start to make sense. You do not have to be trained in scientific ethics to understand what happens when scientists reconstruct their hypothesis a posteriori so that it fits seamlessly with the specifically collected dataset, instead of the other way around.

Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

In qualitative studies, it is not so much about verifying or falsifying hypotheses with a simple true (H=1) or false (H=0). Theory is not something to be tested, it functions more like a pair of glasses, a lens highlighting a specific part of data (or ‘corpus’) that is under scrutiny, while inevitably obscuring other parts. In Humanities, we understand theory more in the traditional Greek sense of the word: not a truth that is ‘out there’ and just needs disclosure, but ‘a way of seeing’. A multiplicity of theories can work at the same time and highlight various aspects of the same object. It is a continuous process of interpretation to see which notion or concept will prove to be most informative and appealing to explain what happens in for instance an artwork, an event, a small community or another singular object. I know PhD students who magically ‘found’ their theory in the final couple of weeks and had to do some frenetic revising before handing their dissertation to the committee. This magic is not manipulation here, but the crucial, qualitative step that elevates the collection of ideas and discoveries to a whole that is more than just the sum of its parts, a true thesis that changes the way we look at this certain idiosyncratic part of reality.

One might argue that ‘pre-registration’ makes no sense here, but sociologist Leonie van Grootel (TSB) rebutted this during an Open Science Skills Course held recently in the Library of Tilburg University. She confirms that qualitative research typically is more flexible and subjective and that it is not so much about prediction but postdiction. Nonetheless, she does think that pre-registration also renders qualitative research more credible. Making hypotheses explicit is only one feature of pre-registration, but much more important is that there is a certain track record of the major decisions taken by the researcher along the way. When this log can be found in the open, for instance on the Open Science Framework (OSF), others can tap into the discussion, make suggestions, or learn and (re)consider their own choices for theories and concepts. Pre-registration also prevents others from stealing your ideas, because you can ‘claim’ it in a very early stage of your project. Her arguments for pre-registration in qualitative studies can be found in this article (written together with Tamarinde Haven).

I figured that pre-registering possibly could have disproved the remarks made by a critic of the dissertation I finished a couple of years ago. He argued that the theory I used fitted so neatly that it made him somewhat suspicious. What he did not and could not know, is that I experimented with a whole variety of aesthetical philosophies before getting to this result. If I could do it again, I would have done so with the tailor-made pre-registration form for qualitative studies made by Grootel and Haven.

December 3, 2019

New database: PsycTESTS

By Anja Habraken

logo2 PsycTESTS

The Tilburg university Library is happy to report that we now have a subscription to a database indispensable to many disciplines including psychology, education, business, nursing, and many others: PsycTESTS.

About PsycTESTS

  • Focuses primarily on unpublished tests, those developed by researchers but not made commercially available.
  • Most records link to a variety of materials describing the test in peer-reviewed literature, technical reports, or dissertations as well as links to related peer-reviewed literature describing test development, review, or use.
  • All records include a summary that describes the test, with its purpose and some history of its development. Most records include the actual test instrument.


The following are just some examples of the types of measures, scales, inventories, questionnaires, and tests included:

  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Educational measures
  • Intelligence tests
  • Developmental measures
  • Scales for beliefs, relationships, or expectancies
  • Personality assessment
  • Aggression, coping, or functional status questionnaires
  • Occupational measures
  • Resilience, anger response, or substance abuse inventories

To get an impression of the database click on the image below:


Where to find PsycTESTS

You can find the link to the database from the main library home page under the ‘All Databases A to Z’ list. Click on the letter ‘P’ and scroll down to the link for PsycTESTS.

Please send your questions or comments about PsycTests to subject librarian Anja Habraken, j.h.m.habraken@tilburguniversity.edu


November 7, 2019

World Digital Preservation Day 2019

By Petra Ploeg

Today is World Digital Preservation Day. The aim of World Digital Preservation Day is to create greater awareness of digital preservation. This day is celebrated on the first Thursday of every November. This year’s theme is ‘At-Risk Digital Materials’.

Today, Tilburg University emphasizes the importance for the long-term preservation of research data and calls on researchers to deposit their data in the data archive DataverseNL at the end of their research. How you can do that is explained on the flyer Your 7 Steps to Sustainable Data. (example below).

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Lunch meeting on preserving and sharing data

The Research Data Office (RDO) organizes on December 12 a lunch meeting on preserving and sharing data.

The RDO can help you with research data management. RDO is the virtual one-stop shop for researchers and Schools for all questions about research data management.

We offer support and advice on:

  • Managing, storing and preserving research data.
  • Research data managements plans for funding proposals.
  • Issues related to the university’s Research Data Management Regulations.
  • Processing personal data in research data.

World Digital Preservation Day organizes also festivities in the Netherlands.

October 29, 2019

Get an ORCID and enjoy the benefits!

By Frank Diepmaat

What is an ORCID?


ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier and is a unique digital personal identifier. An ORCID is an individual ID and thus not connected to an organization. That means an ORCID stays with you throughout your academic career. You are in full control of your personal ORCID-page. Creating an ORCID is easy and free of charge. The organization behind ORCID is an open, research-driven non-profit association.


What are the benefits?


Having an ORCID can save you a lot of time when applying for funding or submitting your manuscripts to an online publication platform. With an ORCID you don’t have to worry about the different ways in which your name is spelled in different journals. During paper submission, your affiliation name is automatically added and if your co-authors have an ORCID their affiliations are also automatically added.

How to create a new ORCID and connect it to Pure

If you still do not have an ORCID you can create one from within Pure. By doing this, you can choose to export your publications from Pure to the Orcid website on a daily basis. For instructions how to create your ORCID and connect it to your Pure user, click here.

How to connect an existing ORCID to Pure

Do you already have an ORCID? Make sure to connect it to your personal profile in Pure; the ORCID is then automatically displayed on your academic profile page. For instructions how to connect your ORCID to your Pure user, click here.


October 22, 2019

Two and a half years of Research Data Office

By Petra Ploeg

On October 17, the Research Data Office (RDO) existed for two and a half years. It was established on May 17, 2017 to support the implementation of the university Research Data Management Regulations. Through a virtual desk, training courses and information materials, the RDO supports researchers on the important theme of responsible handling of research data. What has happened in the last 2.5 years and what are the plans for the coming years?

Virtual desk

Researchers can use the email address researchdataoffice@tilburguniversity.edu (or rdo@tilburguniversity.edu for short) to ask questions about how to handle research data. Since the start in 2017, more than 250 questions from researchers and research supporter staff have been answered. The number of questions doubles every year. In terms of subjects, the questions can be divided into three groups:

  • questions about data management plans;
  • questions about data storage during the research;
  • questions about personal data in datasets, encryption and questions about legal issues.

Many questions are dealt with directly by the RDO itself. It also happens that advice is sought or the request is forwarded to, for example, the data representatives, IT Support, IT Back Office, Legal Affairs or the Data Protection Officer.

Training sessions and lunch meetings

For PhD candidates and other researchers, the Research Data Office organizes introductory training courses and lunch meetings. Guest speakers who are experts in a particular area, such as security or the GDPR, are regularly invited to the lunch meetings. The program for 2019/2020 can be found on the intranet. The RDO also holds information meetings on, for example, the institutional data repository Dataverse at research group meetings.

Implementation of the Research Data Management Regulations

The Research Data Management Regulations entered into force on January 1, 2018. There were two rounds of consultations with the Schools, during which wishes and needs were recorded and an implementation plan was drawn up. The Schools have started to draw up School regulations in addition to the Research Data Management Regulations.

At the beginning of 2019, the Research IT project was started. Aim of this project is optimally aligning the IT infrastructure with the research data life cycle. In the second half of 2019, a pilot will start with the Research Drive storage facility and a list of ‘GDPR-approved’ research tools will be put online. Part of the Research IT project as well is the digitization of the integrated ethics, data management, and GDPR form.

Building knowledge and expertise

The Research Data Office has regular meetings with many support units. In this way, knowledge is built up and exchanged about the storage and management of research data. There is also national cooperation via the National Coordination Point for Research Data Management (LCRDM), the IT cooperative for education and research (SURF), and the national university working group on Research Data. This has resulted in a number of products:

Wishes for the future

The RDO wants to deepen the training courses available in the coming period. Hopefully, the portal for Research Data Management will be elaborated next year. In addition, the RDO will start collecting best practices from Tilburg University researchers in the field of research data management and share these with the university community so that others can benefit from their experiences.

Want to know more?

Go to https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/rdo or mail us (rdo@tilburguniversity.edu). You can also subscribe to the Research Data Management mailing list to stay up to date with the latest news.

The Research Data Office is part of the Library Research Support unit and is staffed by Hanneke Teunissen and Petra Ploeg.


October 22, 2019

Tweeënhalf jaar Research Data Office

By Petra Ploeg

Op 17 oktober jl. bestond het Research Data Office (RDO) tweeënhalf jaar. Het is opgericht op 17 mei 2017 om de implementatie van de universitaire regeling onderzoeksdatamanagement te ondersteunen. Via een virtueel loket, trainingen en voorlichtingsmaterialen ondersteunt het RDO onderzoekers bij het zo belangrijke thema van zorgvuldig en integer omgaan met onderzoeksdata. Wat is er de afgelopen 2,5 jaar gebeurd en wat zijn de plannen voor de komende jaren?

Virtueel loket

Via het e-mailadres researchdataoffice@tilburguniversity.edu (of kortweg rdo@tilburguniversity.edu) kunnen onderzoekers vragen stellen over het omgaan met onderzoeksdata. Sinds de start in 2017 zijn er ruim 250 vragen van onderzoekers en onderzoeksondersteuners beantwoord. Het aantal vragen verdubbelt jaarlijks. Qua onderwerpen vallen de vragen in drie groepen uiteen:

  • vragen over datamanagementplannen;
  • vragen over dataopslag tijdens het onderzoek;
  • vragen over persoonsgegevens in datasets, encryptie en meer juridische georiënteerde vragen.

Veel vragen handelt het RDO direct zelf af. Ook komt het voor dat advies wordt ingewonnen of de vraag wordt doorgestuurd naar bijvoorbeeld de data representatives, IT Support, IT Backoffice, Legal Affairs of de Functionaris Gegegevensbescherming.

Trainingen en lunchbijeenkomsten

Voor PhD-kandidaten en andere onderzoekers organiseert het Research Data Office introductietrainingen en lunchbijeenkomsten. Voor de lunchbijeenkomsten worden regelmatig gastsprekers uitgenodigd die expert zijn op een bepaald gebied, bijvoorbeeld security of de AVG. Het programma voor 2019/2020 is te vinden op intranet. Ook geeft het RDO vaak voorlichtingsbijeenkomsten over bijvoorbeeld de institutionele data repository Dataverse bij bijeenkomsten van onderzoeksgroepen.

Implementatie regeling Onderzoeksdatamanagement

De regeling Onderzoeksdatamanagement is op 1 januari 2018 van kracht geworden. Er zijn twee consultatierondes langs de faculteiten geweest waarbij wensen en behoeften zijn vastgelegd en een implementatieplan uitgestippeld. De faculteiten zijn aan de slag gegaan met het opstellen van facultaire regelingen aanvullend op de regeling Onderzoeksdatamanagement.

Sinds begin 2019 is het Research IT-project van start gegaan dat in deelprojecten de IT-infrastructuur zo optimaal mogelijk gaat afstemmen op de ‘research data life cycle’. Binnenkort start een pilot met de opslagvoorziening Research Drive en er komt een lijst ‘AVG-goedgekeurde’ onderzoekstools online te staan. Deel van het Research IT-project is ook de digitalisering van het het geïntegreerde formulier ethiek, datamanagement en AVG.

Bundelen kennis en expertise

Het RDO heeft met veel support-afdelingen regelmatig overleg. Op deze manier vindt kennisopbouw en -uitwisseling plaats over opslag en beheer van onderzoeksdata. Ook wordt er landelijk samengewerkt via het Landelijk Coördinatiepunt Research Data Management (LCRDM), de ICT-coöperatie van onderwijs en onderzoek, SURF en de landelijke universitaire werkgroep Research Data. Dit heeft aan producten onder meer opgeleverd:

Wensen voor de toekomst

Het RDO wil de komende periode verdieping aanbrengen in het trainingsaanbod. Ook komt er volgend jaar hopelijk een uitgebreidere portal Research Data Management. Daarnaast gaat het RDO ‘best practices’ verzamelen van Tilburgse onderzoekers op het gebied van onderzoeksdatamanagement en delen met de universitaire gemeenschap zodat anderen van hun ervaringen profijt kunnen hebben.

Meer weten?

Ga naar https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/rdo of mail ons (rdo@tilburguniversity.edu). Je kunt je ook abonneren op de mailingslijst Research Data Management om op de hoogte te blijven van het laatste nieuws.

Het Research Data Office is ondergebracht bij de afdeling Library Research Support en wordt bemenst door Hanneke Teunissen en Petra Ploeg.

October 9, 2019

Workshop: Pre-registration for qualitative research

By Daan Rutten

Dr. Leonie van Grootel (TSB) will give a workshop on pre-registration for qualitative research on November 6, 2019. This workshop is organized by the Tilburg Open Science Community and LIS Research Support.

Pre-registration is an open science practice to avoid p-hacking and other questionable research practices. The method is more common within fields of quantitative studies. This workshop investigates whether the pre-registration format could also be used to boost the credibility of qualitative research, for instance in the fields of Humanities and Law.

Some may object to the idea of pre-registering qualitative studies because qualitative research generally does not test hypotheses, and because qualitative research design is typically flexible and subjective. Van Grootel rebuts these objections, arguing that making hypotheses explicit is just one feature of pre-registration, that flexibility can be tracked using pre-registration and that pre-registration would provide a check on subjectivity.

Researchers of Tilburg University (in any stage of their career) are welcome to register and attend. It promises to be extra interesting for scholars in Law, Communication & Culture Studies, Philosophy and Cultural Sociology.

  • When: November 6, 2019: 15.00-16.30 hrs.
  • Where: L 104
  • Registration: by sending an e-mail to Daan Rutten, d.rutten@uvt.nl

This information is also available on www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/open-science-community/pre-registration-qualitative-research

September 17, 2019

Join the Big Do-it-Yourself Publishing Event, October 22, 2019

By Marijke van der Ploeg

Some rogues and rebels among our Tilburg University researchers decided to circumvent the power of the established scientific system of truth-finding, publishing and reviewing, and to make a radical move towards ‘Open Science’ and ‘Open Access’. They started publishing their scientific papers by themselves. What can we learn from them? How can you join in? What does this all mean for the quality and truthfulness of academic publishing?

Join this do-it-your-self publishing event with a panel of self-publishing scholars who will share with the audience their views on self-publishing, open access, and the future of academic books, articles, and education.

  • Michiel de Jong helps scholars publish their own open textbooks at TU Delft.
  • Jan Blommaert and Ico Maly (both TSHD) will talk about their project focused on writing and producing Open Books.
  • Aaron Martin is a postdoc (TLS) and managing director of TechReg, a brand-new full OA-journal founded at Tilburg University.
  • Rima Rahal is  a psychologist (TSB) experimenting with a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
  • Marino van Zelst and Hans van Dijk (both TSB) are venturing to establish a completely new publishing system that radically puts power back in the hands of the scientific community.

This event is an initiative of the Open Science Community of Tilburg UniversityLibrary Research Support and Academic Forum.

Visit the event web page for more details.

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