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 (or 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 or mail us ( 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 (of kortweg 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 of mail ons ( 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,

This information is also available on

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.

September 12, 2019

Training & lunch meetings on research data management

By Petra Ploeg

In the academic year 2019/2020 a new series of Lunch Meetings on research data management will take place. Also an introductory training for PhD candidates will be organized on November 12, 2019 and on May 14, 2020.

Target group: PhD students and (senior) researchers of Tilburg University.

Training ‘Introduction to Research Data Management’

By the Research Data Office and data representative Pam Dupont. Time: 2 to 4 pm (tentative). Location: lecture room L 104.

- November 12, 2019

- May 14, 2020

Lunch Meetings

By the Research Data Office and various guest speakers. Time: 12 to 1 pm. Location: lecture room L 104.

- October 7, 2019 – Data security

- December 12, 2019 – Preserving and sharing data

- January 21, 2020 – Data management planning

- February 13, 2020 – Data storage during research

- March 10, 2020 – Privacy and research data (GDPR)

- April 16, 2020 – tentative

- June 16, 2020 – tentative

Practical information

- Target group: PhD candidates & (senior) researchers of Tilburg University

- Attendance is free of charge, however registration is required

- Registration: please sign up by e-mailing The Research Data Office at

- Lunch is included

- Language: English

Research Data Office (RDO)

The Research Data Office (RDO) is the virtual one-stop shop for researchers and Schools for all questions about research data management. The RDO offers support and advice on managing, storing and preserving research data, research data management plans, and processing personal data in research data. The RDO organizes workshops and Lunch Meetings on research data management on a regular basis. Go to for more information.

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September 11, 2019

October is Cybersecurity Month, learn how to work safely online

By Petra Ploeg

Photo by Shahadat Shemul on Unsplash

Photo by Shahadat Shemul on Unsplash

You have probably received one yourself, a phishing mail. Online criminals try to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. In this way, they “phish” for your data or spread viruses to gain access to your data. But did you know that a hacker can also take over your computer without you noticing?

Lunch meeting on October 7, 2019

During a lunch meeting we will show you how a hacker works. We also give tips & tricks on how to work safely online. Curious? Then come to our meeting on October 7 in the Library.

This lunch meeting is organized by the Research Data Office, in collaboration with CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team). The guest speaker at this meeting is Jeffeny Hoogervorst, IT Security Officer of Tilburg University.

When: 7 October from 12.00 – 13.00 hrs.
Where: Library Lecture Room L104
Target group: PhD candidates and (senior) researchers
Sign up: Send an email to the Research Data Office:
Note: Lunch will be provided. The official language for this meeting is English.

European Cybersecurity Month

The European Cybersecurity Month is the European Union’s annual cybersecurity awareness campaign, which takes place throughout Europe in October each year. The aim is to raise awareness of cyber security threats and to promote cyber security among citizens and organizations.

Computer Emercency Response Team (CERT)

Tilburg University CERT is a Computer Emergency Response Team at Tilburg University. CERT teams handle IT security issues. Whenever Tilburg University is involved in a hacking incident (as a target or as a suspect), Tilburg University CERT tries to solve the problem. Tilburg University CERT also prevents security problems, for example by auditing the security of websites. Two times a year CERT organizes an awareness campaign on campus in cooperation with Tips on how to stay safe online are available on the university’s intranet.

Research Data Office (RDO)

The Research Data Office (RDO) is the virtual one-stop shop for researchers and Schools for all questions about research data management. The RDO offers support and advice on managing, storing and preserving research data, research data management plans, and processing personal data in research data. The RDO organizes workshops and Lunch Meetings on research data management on a regular basis. Go to for more information.

August 5, 2019

New in Library Access: search via context menu

By Richard Broekman

(No idea what the Library Access extension is? Read about it on our site, then go and install it and discover how useful it is.)

The latest version of the Library Access extension brings something new to your browser: Highlight text on a webpage and Search one of our selected databases using the highlight text as a search term. This option is available in the context menu of your browser, i.e. by right-clicking on a web page.

Consider the example in the screenshot below. While reading about an article in PubMED, this user selected the terms Tilburg Frailty Indicator and send this directly to Tilburg University’s Research Portal to see which articles on this topic have been published by Tilburg University researchers.

Screenshot of Highlight & Search example

Highlight & Search example


There is a limit of 5 possible sources for Highlight & Search. We currently offer WorldCat Discovery (our catalog), Tilburg University Research Portal, and Google Scholar. As time goes by, sources may be added or removed, based on user input. Want to add your vote? Just pick your favorite sites in our survey. (Sign in to the Google form with your mail address. We do not log your address, we just want to make sure the survey is answered by Tilburg University respondents.)

Category: databases
July 24, 2019

New York Times now available!

By Marijke van der Ploeg

From now on the Tilburg University library offers online access to The New York Times. The decision to subscribe to the newspaper and its website follows a successful trial that ran from April through May.

Where to find The NYT

You will have full access to The NYT by visiting from any device located within the university campus network. When you are outside the university network, you will have to use VPN. No user registration or log in is required. To read in a format optimized for your smartphone or tablet, visit Our subscription does not include use of the NY Times app.

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Content and key features is a multi-platform news tool that provides full access to The NYT and International NYT content, including breaking news, multimedia, reviews and opinion, blogs, videos and more.

Times articles from 1851 to the present are available, with the exception of articles within the date range 1923-1980. The famous New York Times crossword puzzle is not part of our subscription. features a single search box with result-filtering that includes date range, result type (article vs. blog), section, author and the ability to search on images only.

Enjoy reading!

[Photo by David Smooke on Unsplash]

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