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September 28, 2020

New manual on how to deposit data sets in Tilburg University Dataverse

By Petra Ploeg








Every researcher of Tilburg University can deposit research data sets free of charge in the data archive Tilburg University (TiU) Dataverse. A new manual is now available with instructions on how to prepare data sets and an overview of the available deposit options (self-deposit or deposit by Research Data Office). New in the manual is a step by step guide for a self-deposit by researchers.

Content of the Manual

  • When to deposit
  • Instructions for preparing data and related documentation
  • Different deposit procedures
  • A template data report
  • A step by step guide to the deposit process
  • Using metadata
  • Licensing data sets
  • Open or restricted access to your data set

TiU Dataverse is Tilburg University’s data archive for safe, findable and sustainable storage of research data. After the deposit a DOI is assigned to the dataset for easy reference in your publication or otherwise. In 2018, TiU Dataverse obtained the CoreTrustSeal quality mark.

Advantages of Dataverse compared to other data archives (such as OSF)

  • Sustainable solution: Tilburg University Dataverse is a trusted long term data repository which means we guarantee that the data will remain archived in the long term (this is often a condition of funders such as NWO, ZonMw or ERC). Should the Dataverse service stop, we guarantee that the data will be transferred to another “trustworthy” archive.
  • Data are stored in the Netherlands, so Dutch legislation applies. Other data archiving services may store data outside the Netherlands/Europe.
  • A research department can present all research data together in its own Dataverse.
  • On campus support by the data curators of the Research Data Office.
  • In the near future, it will be possible to link the data sets in Dataverse to Pure, which can increase the visibility of your research.
  • For the longer term, we are working on a procedure to securely archive data that contain personal data (encrypted and under strict conditions).



For questions on Tilburg University Dataverse or requests for a demo or presentation within your research group, please contact us via


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.

January 25, 2019

Research Data Office presents at DANS KNAW seminar on February 14

By Petra Ploeg

DataverselogoOur Research Data Officers, Hanneke Teunissen and Petra Ploeg, will give a presentation on the certification of data repository Tilburg University Dataverse at the DANS KNAW Seminar “DataverseNL: community building platform for FAIR data sharing”.

The seminar discusses the principles of the DataverseNL community, and exchanges ideas and lessons learned on how to use the platform to meet the FAIR principles.

Target audience for this seminar: Researchers, policy advisors and data managers of Dutch universities and research institutes.

DataverseNL is a community driven repository service, ideally suited for archiving and sharing research data. Tilburg University was the first member of DataverseNL to obtain the international data quality mark CoreTrustSeal.

Program and registration via the DANS KNAW Seminar website. Speakers are data managers as well as researchers.

Event Love To Share Data

In the afternoon the Love-to-share-data-event of DANS KNAW will take place. This event is specially organized for (young) scientists and data librarians together with the Young Academy of the KNAW, Promovendi Netwerk Nederland, the Horizon 2020 project OpenAIRE and RDA National node in the Netherlands The program discusses topics on research data management, data archiving and data re-use.

You will have to register separately for this event via the Love To Share Data website.



January 8, 2019

Your 7 Steps to Sustainable Data

By Petra Ploeg

Are you looking for sustainable storage of your research data? With DataverseNL, the online archiving system for Tilburg University, you can save your data in a secure and future-proof manner.

Click on the image to enlarge.

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November 29, 2018

Researchers about TiU Dataverse

By Petra Ploeg



Today, November 29, is World Digital Preservation Day. Tilburg University puts four online data archives in the spotlight that are committed to sustainable research data: CoreTrustSeal-logo-150px

All these four research data archives (or often called repositories) meet the worldwide CoreTrustSeal quality mark or its earlier version, Data Seal of Approval.

LIS Research Support manages the research data repository Tilburg University (TiU) Dataverse. Two researchers on how they use TiU Dataverse:

Mark Brandt, researcher at the Department of Social Psychology

profile picture Mark BrandtThe Department of Social Psychology at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences was the first Department to use TiU Dataverse as an integral part of the Department’s data policy.

Associate Professor Mark Brandt is member of the Department’s Data Committee. One of the accomplished tasks of the Committee was to facilitate and reward good research practices. He is an inspiring advocate for institutionalizing solid science over the years:

” ‘If you build it, they will come’ is a famous line from the American movie Field of Dreams. The “it” refers to a baseball field and the “they” refers to ghosts of baseball players, but it applies equally well to our use of Dataverse. Many people thought that consistent storage of scientific data was unrealistic (just like ghosts), but it turns out that if you build it, people will use it.”

In the last year, there has been a strong increase in the submission of data sets. Researchers often choose for an online data repository because it is required by research funders, academic journals, or the institutional data policy. But more and more researchers are also seeing the benefits of storing their research data in a sustainable manner.

Lisanne Huis in ‘t Veld, researcher at the Department Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence

profile picture Lisanne Huis in t VeldTilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) also made Dataverse part of the School’s data policy, but different than the Department of Social Psychology researchers deposit their own datasets.

Veni laureate Lisanne Huis in ‘t Veld is associated with the department Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at TSHD. She is also senior postdoc researcher at the department of Donor Studies at Sanquin Research. Writing her data management plan for NWO she chose to deposit her data sets in TiU Dataverse at the end of her research project:

“Writing the DMP forced me to think carefully about the type of data I was going to collect during my project, and how I should store the different types of complex data in such a way that they can be reused by other researchers. As the main research technique (Infrared Thermal Imaging) is novel and potentially privacy sensitive, I need to store it at a safe location and in several formats each with a different level of accessibility. Additionally, the data will take up a lot of space and requires detailed metadata to be of use.”

Whatever procedure is used, the Research Data Office is available to support researchers with the depositing of their data sets. Website, email

Tilburg University Dataverse

Open if possibleTilburg University (TiU) Dataverse is the institutional data archive available for researchers of all Schools. It hosts multiple dataverses [Dataverse diagram], one for each School. The School’s dataverses contains dataset(s) or Department’s dataverses. Each dataset contains descriptive metadata and data files (including documentation and/or code that accompany the data). [Dataset diagram]

Before data sets are published, data curators of the Research Data Office check them for example for the use of sustainable file formats and complete documentation with the data sets.

Save your research data in a secure and future-proof manner

How to set up your own digital archive in seven easy steps: Your 7 steps to sustainable data.


October 19, 2018

Datamanagement in de Nederlandse gedragscode wetenschappelijke integriteit

By Petra Ploeg


[English version of this blogpost below]

Vanaf 1 oktober geldt de nieuwe Nederlandse gedragscode wetenschappelijke integriteit. De gedragscode stelt vijf principes centraal:

  • eerlijkheid
  • zorgvuldigheid
  • transparantie
  • onafhankelijkheid
  • verantwoordelijkheid

De gedragscode geldt voor alle onderzoekers, inclusief promovendi (ook buitenpromovendi), gastonderzoekers, deeltijdonderzoekers en externe professionals die in het onderzoek van Tilburg University participeren. In het nieuwsbericht op de website van Tilburg University worden de belangrijkste veranderingen ten opzichte van de huidige code op een rij gezet.


Eén van de veranderingen is dat in de nieuwe gedragscode veel nadruk wordt gelegd op datamanagement in alle fasen van het onderzoeksproces. De bovenstaande vijf principes worden in de gedragscode geconcretiseerd tot 61 normen voor goede onderzoekspraktijken. Voor datamanagement gelden vooral de principes zorgvuldigheid en transparantie, vertaald naar de onderstaande algemene normen:

Bij Ontwerp (3.2 van de Code)

  • Beschrijf waar nodig hoe de verzamelde onderzoeksgegevens worden geordend en gecategoriseerd, zodat de onderzoeksgegevens controleerbaar zijn en kunnen worden hergebruikt.
  • Maak de onderzoeksgegevens en de onderzoeksdata na afloop van het onderzoek zoveel mogelijk publiek beschikbaar. Leg, als onderzoeksgegevens en/of de onderzoeksdata niet voor het publiek beschikbaar gemaakt kunnen worden, de valide redenen (bijvoorbeeld privacy) daarvoor vast.

Bij Uitvoering (3.3 van de Code)

  • Beschrijf eerlijk, zorgvuldig en zo transparant mogelijk de data die verzameld zijn voor en/of gebruikt zijn in het onderzoek.
  • Beheer de verzamelde data zorgvuldig en bewaar zowel de ruwe als de bewerkte versies gedurende een voor de discipline en methodologie passende termijn.
  • Werk er aan mee dat data waarvoor dat gepast is, overeenkomstig de FAIR-beginselen vindbaar, toegankelijk, interoperabel en herbruikbaar zijn (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable).

Bij Verslaglegging (3.4 van de Code)

  • Presenteer op zorgvuldige wijze bronnen, data en argumenten.
  • Wees transparant over de gevolgde methode en werkwijze, en leg deze waar relevant vast in onderzoeksprotocollen, logboeken, lab journals of verslagen. De wetenschappelijke argumentatie moet helder zijn en de stappen in het onderzoeksproces moeten controleerbaar zijn. Doorgaans zal dit betekenen dat het onderzoek voldoende gedetailleerd moet zijn beschreven om de dataverzameling te kunnen repliceren en de data-analyse te kunnen herhalen.
  • Wees expliciet over relevante niet-gerapporteerde data die conform de onderzoeksopzet wel verzameld zijn maar tot andere conclusies dan de wel gerapporteerde zouden kunnen leiden.
  • Geef altijd bronvermelding bij hergebruik van onderzoeksmateriaal dat kan worden gebruikt voor meta-analyse of analyse van gepoolde data.
  • Maak de onderzoeksgegevens en de onderzoeksdata na afloop van het onderzoek zoveel mogelijk publiek beschikbaar. Leg, als onderzoeksgegevens en/of de onderzoeksdata niet voor het publiek beschikbaar gemaakt kunnen worden, de valide redenen daarvoor vast.

Per discipline of instelling kunnen de normen worden gespecificeerd of aangevuld. Ze kunnen niet worden afgezwakt.

Toepassing van de normen in de onderzoekspraktijk

Op het universitaire intranet is een website ingericht over de Nederlandse gedragscode wetenschappelijke integriteit. Deze website geeft per fase van het onderzoek (voor, tijdens en na) een overzicht van de stappen die je kunt zetten om te voldoen aan de Nederlandse Gedragscode Wetenschappelijke Integriteit. De website vermeldt ook waar je terecht kunt met vragen en met wie je contact kunt opnemen bij twijfels of vermoedens van mogelijke overtredingen.

Waar het gaat om zorgvuldig en transparant datamanagement geeft de universitaire Regeling Onderzoeksdatamanagement verder houvast. Wanneer bij de start van het onderzoek een datamanagementplan wordt opgesteld en na afloop van het onderzoek de data (al of niet geanonimiseerd) worden opgeslagen in een gecertificeerde repository als DataverseNL dan is al aan veel van de bovenstaande normen voldaan. Het datamanagementplan moet dan natuurlijk wel van goede kwaliteit zijn en gedurende het onderzoeksproces worden nageleefd.

Het universitaire intranet geeft meer informatie:

Research Data Office

Het Research Data Office geeft ondersteuning en advies bij:

  • beheer, opslag en duurzaam bewaren van onderzoeksdata;
  • datamanagementplannen;
  • onderwerpen gerelateerd aan de Regeling Onderzoeksdatamanagement;
  • verwerken van persoonsgegevens in onderzoeksdata.

Voor vragen kun je contact opnemen met

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June 20, 2018

Sharing data to improve psychological science / CoreTrustSeal for TilburgU Dataverse

By Petra Ploeg


Over het delen van data als middel om de kwaliteit van psychologisch onderzoek te verbeteren (dissertatie Michèle Nuijten) en de CoreTrustSeal voor Tilburg University Dataverse (Hylke Annema, hoofd LIS Research Support) zijn door Tilburg University deze video-interviews gemaakt. Lees ook het bijbehorend nieuwsartikel.

-> Onze blogpost over het behalen van de CoreTrustSeal voor Dataverse


Tilburg University made these video interviews on the sharing of data as a means of improving the quality of psychological research (thesis by Michèle Nuijten) and the CoreTrustSeal for Tilburg University Dataverse (Hylke Annema, head LIS Research Support). Read also the accompanying news article.

-> Our blog post on the awarding of the CoreTrustSeal for Dataverse

June 20, 2018

Tilburg University Dataverse receives CoreTrustSeal certification

By Petra Ploeg

On April 27, Tilburg University Dataverse obtained an international data quality mark, the CoreTrustSeal. Tilburg University Dataverse is the central repository for research data within Tilburg University. Many research groups are already using the repository.

CoreTrustSeal is an international quality mark for data repositories that stands for sustainability, reliability, and accessibility. The quality mark guarantees that the data in Tilburg University Dataverse are stored safely and sustainable, and that they have been assessed on a number of quality criteria. For sustainable storage of research data for more than ten years, a partnership has been established with the online archiving system EASY of the Dutch data institute DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services). EASY is also CoreTrustSeal certified.

Logo CoreTrustSeal

Importance of the quality mark for the university

Corno Vromans, director of Library and IT Services (LIS): “The CoreTrustSeal indicates to researchers and to the outside world that the sustainability and reliability of Tilburg research data are guaranteed. Funders such as NWO, ZonMW, and ERC often require that researchers submit their data in a trustworthy repository. They can now do so in Tilburg University Dataverse, and, if so desired, our staff can provide support. The CoreTrustSeal is also important for the implementation of the university’s Research Data Management regulations. For us, the quality mark is a recognition that we are doing a good job.”

A total of 17 CoreTrustSeals have been awarded in the Netherlands. Tilburg University Dataverse is the first institution within the Dutch Dataverse network to obtain the quality mark. The full list can be found at

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