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October 21, 2015

Impression Research Meeting from parting LIS director Marc van den Berg

By Petra Ploeg

On Tuesday 20 October 2015, Library and IT Services organized the fourth annual Research Meeting in the worldwide Open Access week. Theme of the meeting was “Maximize Your Research Impact”. Chairman Marc van den Berg wrote his impressions of the meeting on his last day in Tilburg as director of Library and IT Services.

Opening speech – Emile Aarts
The opening speech was made by our rector, Emile Aarts, who started with expressing his disappointment with the number of attendees, especially academic staff. Flip side of this remark is that you can only be disappointed in the number of attendees present if you believe that the meeting is worthwhile attending, and this is exactly what Emile said. He continued with stressing the importance of thinking about open access in general and the influence on impact in particular, both for the individual researcher and for the institution as a whole.

Chris Hartgerink, PhD student
The first invited speaker then took the floor. Chris Hartegerink, PhD student at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is working on improving the detection of potential data fabrication and the estimation of its prevalence and he presented a talk, titled The impact of daily research practice. Chris showed the various problems and debates regarding the impact factor, and the way it is (often) misused. In the second part of his talk Chris called upon us all to acknowledge the importance of open access, open data and open science in general.

Marjan Grootveld, DANS
Our second invited speaker was Marjan Grootveld from the Data Archiving and Networked Services institute, (aka ‘DANS’). Marjan is senior policy advisor at DANS focusing on research data management. Her talk was titled Preparing for responsible research. She showed us the various obligatory protocols and procedures, mostly regarding the handling of research data, that funders in the Netherlands and abroad (e.g. EC) are now maintaining. In the break after Marjan’s talk I found out that not everybody in the room agreed with Marjan’s firm positions on these matters. Already in the Q&A we had a short debate on the question which data to keep and archive. In the break I learned from a social psychologist that keeping all data in that discipline is senseless. Experiments can be easily repeated, so why take all the hassle. Thinking about Marjan’s position in this, I repeated her statement that it is impossible to know now what we will be interested in, in let’s say a few decades. Food for thought.

Marijtje Jongsma, Radboud University & chair VAWO
Third speaker on an already interesting afternoon was Marijtje Jongsma, assistant professor Neuropsychology at the Radboud University, Nijmegen and chairman of the VAWO ¬union for scientists. Under the intriguing title Disposable scientists, Marijtje first told us her private story going through the ranks from PhD student to Assistant Professor. Not a seamless career, but one that had been frustrating at times. Marijtje explained that most of the difficulties she encountered, as a young researcher, a single mother and a female researcher, are typical for the situation in Dutch academia these days. That is why a union for scientist is needed badly and Marijtje felt very much ‘at home’ in the VAWO union. Her talk was a frank and honest, if somewhat sobering contribution to our research meeting. More food for thought.

Rodrigo Costas, CWTS Leiden University

Last but certainly not least in the row of invited speakers was Rodrigo Costas from the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. Rodrigo is an experienced researcher in the field of information science and bibliometrics and showed us what we can learn from Altmetrics. After a thorough overview of the definition(s) and types of altmetrics, Rodrigo explained how different ways of impact measurement serve different purposes. His ‘citations versus tweets’ comparisons where highly interesting and certainly delivered new insights for most attendees in the room. Like the impact factor (see above), altmetrics can be misunderstood and misused, for sure, but they can also shed a whole different light on the importance of particular contributions to science, e.g. regarding societal impact. A highly interesting talk and a worthy closing session to a thought provoking research meeting 2015.

Now, how can we increase attendance and prevent a relatively large number of interested researchers to sign up but not show up? Could we credit their h-index for attending? :-)

Marc van den Berg

As of November 1st 2015, Marc van den Berg has been appointed Head of the Division for Innovation & Development at the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). For the past five years he was director of Library and IT Services at Tilburg University.

October 15, 2015

Last day to register for research meeting!

By Petra Ploeg

We are a few days away from the research meeting “Maximize Your Research Impact” to be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. We wrote about this in an earlier blogpost.

Please be reminded, if you are planning to attend, to register before Friday, October 16 by contacting

PhDs, researchers, don’t miss this opportunity to get useful information on how to better manage the research process and to enhance the impact of your publications.

For more detailed information on the program and presentations, go to

Looking forward to seeing you!

Organizing Committee:
Marijke van der Ploeg, department LIS Research Support
Petra Ploeg, department LIS Research Support
Mariette van Looij, LIS secretariat

October 8, 2015

New training on research data management

By Petra Ploeg

Have you heard of data management but don’t know how to implement it? Do you need to write a data management plan but don’t know where to start? Do you need to make your data available to comply with funder requirements?

This afternoon training addresses these issues in an accessible, hands-on way. We explain what data management means for research in practice, how to implement it in your research project, and which services are available to support you.

The training is in English and is aimed at PhD, postdoc, and other researchers at Tilburg University. No earlier knowledge on data management is required.

  • Date and time: Thursday 26 November 2015, 14:00 – 16:15 hrs.
  • Location: Library Building, lecture room L 104

Please find the program and registration details on the university intranet (login required).

This training is a joint service of LIS Research Support and CentERdata.

September 15, 2015

“Maximize Your Research Impact”

By Marijke van der Ploeg

The final program of the research meeting “Maximize Your Research Impact” is now available! Participation is free of charge but subject to registration. For details, please take a look at (university intranet).

This half-day event will be led by Marc van den Berg, director of Library and IT Services. Emile Aarts, Rector Magnificus will open the event.

Guest speakers are:

  • Chris Hartgerink (Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

The impact of daily research practice

  • Marjan Grootveld (DANS, Data Archiving and Networked Services, institute of KNAW and NWO)

Preparing for responsible research

  • Marijtje Jongsma (Radboud University & chairman of the VAWO – Union for Scientists)

Disposible scientists

  • Rodrigo Costas (Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University)

Altmetrics: what can we learn from them?

All Tilburg University researchers are welcome, but we especially would like to invite young researchers to attend the meeting.

November 28, 2014

Top Ten Tips for Research Data Management

By Petra Ploeg posted a Top 10 tips for research data management on it’s Naturejobs blog last Tuesday.

The first obvious but very often not practised tip:

“Imagine the worst case scenario. What if someone stole your laptop, your department went up in flames, or your data were infected with a virus or some other disaster were to take place? Would your data be retrievable?  These are all questions you should ask yourself to make sure that you don’t get caught out and find yourself being made an example of a data-loss horror story.”

The nine other tips are:

2. Check your university [and funder] RDM policy

3. Identify the people and information sources that can help you

4. Are there any useful checklists and workflows?

5. Data Management Plans (DMP)

6. Think about what to archive and how to describe and cite it.

7. Check out suitable data archives.

8. Does your dataset require specialist software to run it?

9. Check if there are costs involved at each stage of RDM

10. Can you make your data freely available?

LIS department Research Support can help you with all these questions. You can find more information at the university’s intranet (login required): Research support university library – research data management.





September 15, 2014

NWO Landelijke bijeenkomst Datamanagement 10 september 2014

By Petra Ploeg

Twee teamleden van LIS Research Support bezochten op 10 september 2014 de landelijke NWO-bijeenkomst over datamanagement. NWO wilde met deze bijeenkomst zicht krijgen én geven op de voortgang van inspanningen van universiteiten en onderzoeksinstellingen om onderzoeksgegevens net zo toegankelijk en transparant te maken als publicaties. Nodig hiervoor is een professioneel datamanagement gebaseerd op heldere regels en een goede infrastructuur, aldus NWO.

De resultaten van de presentaties en de uitkomsten van de sessies zijn te vinden op Ook zijn hier de vervolgstappen te vinden die aan het eind van de dag zijn besproken.

Interessant voor onderzoekers is het besluit van NWO om met haar databeleid aan te sluiten bij Horizon 2020, het EU-programma voor onderzoek en innovatie. Deze aansluiting zorgt automatisch voor een betere uitgangspositie voor financiering vanuit Brussel (uit: presentatie NWO & Research Data – Franciska de Jong).

In januari 2015 gaat NWO starten met breed opgezette pilots. VICI-aanvragers worden bijvoorbeeld verzocht om ook een datamanagementparagraaf in te vullen. Deze datamanagementparagraaf telt formeel niet mee bij de selectie, maar draagt wel bij aan de waardering. NWO-bestuurslid Franciska de Jong tijdens haar presentatie: “Ons doel is de mindset van onderzoekers meteen al bij de start te beïnvloeden. Na honorering van het project moeten de aanvragers een datamanagementplan opstellen. Dit plan zal worden getoetst door externe experts.”

De opzet voor de genoemde datamanagementparagraaf en -plan is nog in ontwikkeling. De uitkomsten van de landelijke bijeenkomst zullen daarbij worden meegenomen.




February 21, 2014

Meeting “Open access to survey data” on March 12, 2014

By Petra Ploeg

On March 12, 2014, the Dutch Platform for Survey Research (NPSO) is organizing a meeting on open access to survey data. The meeting is intended for researchers and project staff working with survey research, and addresses the growing demand for data sharing.

What is required exactly by Dutch research council NWO and how can you as a researcher meet the new requirements? What are the ideas behind ‘open government’? How do you find your way in the jungle of existing data and which innovative solutions are there to help the researcher? Should everything be open or not? What are the requirements in the area of privacy protection in data sharing?

Four presentations illustrate the many facets of this topic. The meeting will conclude with a panel discussion.

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 13:15 to 18:00 hours

Location: Java Building NWO, The Hague

Full program and registration via

Language: Dutch

January 10, 2014

Outcome of the meeting ‘Best Practices In Research Data Management’

By Petra Ploeg

On November 19, 2013, the meeting “Best Practices In Research Data Management” was held in the Faculty Club.

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Ron Dekker

Ron Dekker

Main conclusions of the meeting:

  1. The importance of Open Access and Open Data is growing. Look for example at the Horizon 2020 Programme and the position of research funders in the Netherlands and abroad.
  2. Tilburg University will benefit from a comprehensive data policy. The data policy needs to regulate the main legal aspects and considerations for dealing with research data. It is important to be flexible when data policies are converted into practice, and also that not a long list of requirements is imposed.
  3. Now is the moment to establish a data policy and to deal with the main issues surrounding research data management.

Conclusion LIS: It is important that the principles and content of a data policy for Tilburg University is supported by faculties. It is therefore important that faculties are involved in the preparation of a general data policy. It would be worthwhile investigating whether a central board can be set up to start preparations for a general data policy for the university and to monitor its implementation.

Together with the faculties, department of Strategy and Policy and department of Legal Affairs, LIS Research Support works on an inventory of the main focuses for a data policy within Tilburg University.

Read more:

November 17, 2013

November 19, meeting on research data management

By Petra Ploeg

In 2012, Research Support organized the meeting ‘Academic Conduct and Research Data’. Concluded that day was that good data management is fundamental for high quality research data and research excellence. This year, LIS Research Support organizes another meeting on research data: “Best Practices in Research Data Management at Tilburg University”.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the Faculty Club (from 2:00 – 5:30 pm).

Central theme will be research data management. Research data management covers aspects of organizing, selecting, documenting and enriching research data. It also deals with sustainability and sharing of data and with legal requirements. Many research funders are beginning to require data management plans as part of the proposal and evaluation process.

Philip Eijlander, rector magnificus, will give the opening introduction. Guest speaker Ron Dekker, Director Institutes, Finance and Infrastructure at NWO, the Dutch national research council, will talk about research funding and data management plans. Niels van de Ven, Legal Affairs, will address copyright issues in data management. Four research groups will then present best practices in research data management. Full program is on the intranet web page Information meetings research data (TiU staff only: login intranet required).

The meeting is open for all researchers and research management staff of Tilburg University. Language: for the most part in English, some presentations will be in Dutch.




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