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November 5, 2020

November 5: World Digital Preservation Day 2020

By Petra Ploeg


Today is World Digital Preservation Day (WDPD). The aim of this day is to create greater awareness of digital preservation. It is celebrated on the first Thursday of every November.

This year’s theme is ‘Digits: for Good’.

Digital Preservation Coalition: “Digits: for Good” this year especially refers to the hard work, resilience, and responsiveness of our colleagues which will enable research and development data used in finding a vaccine for COVID-19 to be preserved, shared and studied; it represents the fact that decision making in the management of the pandemic will be captured for future generations; and it describes the support which will be available to organisations around the world as they work to sustain themselves through this unprecedented time. It also goes beyond the pandemic, to all of the exciting and essential digital preservation work taking place right now!”

In the spotlight: PROFILES Registry




Today, Tilburg University emphasizes the importance for the long-term preservation of research data. We will take a closer look at the registry of “Patient Reported Outcomes Following Initial treatment and Long term Evaluation of Survivorship (PROFILES)”.

PROFILES is a registry for the study of the physical and psycho-social impact of cancer and its treatment. Data come from a dynamic, growing population-based cohort of both short and long-term cancer survivors. PROFILES aims to provide a national and international resource for research into the psycho-social well-being of cancer survivors.

Lunch meeting Spring 2021

An online lunch meeting about the PROFILES Registry will be organized in the Spring of 2021 open to the general public.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Sharing of data: how and with whom
  • Data storage infrastructure
  • How to keep data safe
  • Benefits for patients, doctors, and researchers

Please keep an eye on the university’s event calendar for the exact date. We will also post an announcement on our blog.

WDPD Festivities on November 5, 2020

  • Social media hashtag #WDPD2020


For questions, you can contact the Research Data Office

October 15, 2020

Meet our Open Science Champions!

By Daan Rutten

During the Open Access Week (19-25 October), every day an Open Science Champion will be nominated by LIS Research Support.

Normally, LIS Research Support and the Open Science Community would have organized various events on open science and open access during the Open Access Week, but the current Covid-19 situation makes this impossible. Nonetheless we decided that it is now even more important to create awareness for open science and to acknowledge all the good work done by various TiU researchers in this respect. Open and accessible science, publishing and education is even more a necessity these days when universities and libraries are closed or almost unreachable for many. Therefore the most active and creative open science frontrunners of 2020 will be put in the limelight and will be rewarded with the title Open Science Champion 2020.

If you want to get to know our Open Science Champions, keep an eye on the Twitter account of the Open Science Community Tilburg, @OpenTilburg.


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


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).

A4 flyer sustainable data-1











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.

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 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.

May 8, 2019

Tips for writing a data management plan

By Petra Ploeg

Since the Research Data Management regulations came into force in 2018, researchers are asked to draw up a data management plan before the start of their research. The Research Data Office (RDO) provides a manual full of tips on how to draw up such a plan and how to address the different topics.

<<Download the manual>>

Training on May 14

On Tuesday May 14, the RDO is also organizing the training course “Introduction to Research Data Management” for researchers.

In the training we will use the CESSDA checklist for data management planning, part of the CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide. You can view and download the checklist as pdf (CESSDA, 2018a) or editable form (CESSDA, 2018b), and keep them as a reference while you are attending the training.

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.



November 27, 2018

Announcement data management Webinars and Lunch Meeting

By Petra Ploeg

In the coming weeks, you will have a chance to participate in three interesting events regarding managing your research data:

December 6, 2018

Webinar on Data Privacy and Sensitive Data Services, hosted by EOSC-hub / OpenAIRE.

December 11, 2018

Webinar on FAIR data in practice, hosted by Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS KNAW).

December 13, 2018

Lunch meeting for researchers about data storage during research, organized by the Research Data Office.


Please don’t forget to register!


October 23, 2018

Seminar ‘Celebrating Data! What’s next?’ on November 28th

By Petra Ploeg

Registration is open for the seminar ‘Celebrating Data! What’s Next?‘ on Wednesday, November 28, at the Dutch national research organization NWO in The Hague. Time: from 9:45 am to 4:00 pm.

Dr. Rens van de Schoot, associate professor Methodology and Statistics; member of the ‘Jonge Akademie’ of the KNAW will give a keynote. After that two series of four parallel sessions will be held:

  1. Learn more about data support
  2. Data support and coordination from start to finish
  3. The General Data Protection Regulation in your data management plan
  4. Research as a service: the best working environment for your research

Award Ceremony Dutch Data Prize 2018

Part of the program is the award ceremony of the winner of the Dutch Data Prize 2018. The Data Prize will be awarded for a scientist or research group that has made an extraordinary contribution to science by making research data available for additional or new research. Nine out of 47 submitted research projects were nominated.

The award ceremony will be hosted by Mr. Stan Gielen, president of NWO. Poster presentations of the nominees will take place during the lunch break.

Who should attend?

The seminar is organized for researchers and research supporters/data stewards at Dutch universities to meet and exchange information.


The seminar is organized by the following organizations:

The seminar is a follow up of the two Data Stewardship Meet your Peers! networking days organized by LCRDM and UKB Research Data in 2017.

Research Data Office

The Research Data Officers of Tilburg University participate in the Working Group Research Data of the consortium UKB. This Working Group has organized the second parallel session on data support. Case studies will be presented on the often very complex process of providing data support to researchers from different organizational units (e.g. grant support, legal affairs, IT department, research data office). Among the case studies are Dutch Data Prize nominees.

Program and registration

Main language of the day is in Dutch, presentations in English.

Places are limited, so don’t wait too long.


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