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October 14, 2020

Infographic: Library at a glance 2019

By Richard Broekman

Our new infographic gives some library facts and figures, based on data of 2019. Read about our budget, the collection size and usage, as well as library instructions and facilities.

Infographic of library services

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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 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 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.

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.

March 27, 2018

Lunch workshop on archiving research data on April 5, 2018

By Eric van den Akker

Do you want to store your research data in a research data repository? Did you hear of Dataverse, and want to know more of it? Or do you want to upload data in Dataverse, but don’t know how to start?

The Research Data Office organizes this lunch lecture to let you get acquainted to the national DataverseNL repository, and the Tilburg University Dataverse subparts of it. You’ll learn what dataverses and datasets are, how to add metadata and data, how (not) to share your data, and how to make sure your data can be found, accessed and reused by other researchers.

  • No earlier knowledge on data management, data repositories or Dataverse is required.
  • This module is given by Eric van den Akker (
  • The workshop will be given in groups up to 18 participants. There will be room for questions and discussions.
  • The workshop is given in English.
  • Coffee and tea will be provided.

Target group
PhD, postdoc, and other researchers.

Date & Location
Thursday April 5, 2018 from 12.45-13.45 hrs. in L 104

Registration and costs

  • This workshop is free of charge. Registration is required because the number of participants per session is limited. Workshops will be canceled 48 hours in advance if there are no registered participants.
  • If you cannot attend a workshop for which you have already registered, we kindly ask you to inform us as soon as possible by sending an email.
  • You can sign in or out via


December 18, 2017

Online data management guide for researchers

By Petra Ploeg

Expert-tour-guide-on-Data-Management_largeThis recently launched online guide provides guidance specifically for researchers in the social sciences throughout all stages of their research, taking into account discipline-specific context (e.g. privacy issues, data documentation). It also features practical examples and checklists. The project has sought input from researchers from the beginning and invites feedback from users.

The tour guide is provided by CESSDA ERIC (the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives European Infrastructure Consortium) and aims to put social scientists at the heart of making their research data findable, understandable, sustainably accessible and reusable (FAIR).

The following six chapters are currently available:

  1. Plan
  2. Organise & Document
  3. Process
  4. Store
  5. Protect
  6. Archive & Publish

Go to the Expert Tour Guide on Data Management

Should you have questions on research data management specifically concerning the Tilburg University situation, you’re welcome to contact the Research Data Office at

November 27, 2017

Lunch Meeting on the new Research Data Management Regulations

By Petra Ploeg

On Monday, December 4, the Research Data Office organizes a Lunch Meeting on the new Research Data Management Regulations for all researchers.

After a brief explanation of the Regulations, the meeting gives room for questions from the participants. Available for answering are:

  • staff of the Research Data Office
  • LL.M. Lisette Heslenfeld of Legal Affairs
  • LL.M. Moswa Herregodts, Data Protection Officer


About the Regulations

The Research Data Management Regulations were adopted on September 5, 2017. The Executive Board hereby wishes to make university-wide regulations available, in which the common principles for responsible management of research data are provided. The Schools will have to work out the Regulations in detail for their own School policies.

The primary purpose of the Research Data Management Regulations is to make research data more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (the FAIR data principles). Good data management also ensures the integrity and confidentiality of research data.

Key points of the Regulations

  • List of responsibilities for researchers, Deans and the Executive Board. Each researcher is asked to prepare a data management plan prior to a new research project.
  • Guidelines for safe and sustainable storage of research data during and after research.
  • A storage period of at least ten years for research data (analogous to the 2014 VSNU Code of Conduct).
  • Research data are, in principle, owned by Tilburg University.
  • Where possible, research data will be made available for everyone. This will apply to metadata in any event.
  • Additional safeguards in processing personal data in research, including the registration of processing by means of the schedule processing of personal data.
  • The current rules for managing research data when collaborating with third parties.


Framework Regulations

The Research Data Management Regulations have been prepared in accordance with statutory requirements (copyright law, personal data protection law, general data protection regulations etc.) and the relevant codes of conduct:


Support and implementation

Support for the Research Data Management regulations is provided by the Research Data Office (RDO). The Regulations will commence on January 1, 2018, but a three year period of implementation is foreseen. The RDO will draft a project proposal for the implementation in collaboration with the Schools and in consultation with Legal Affairs and other support divisions.


Practical information

You can sign in via

  • Time 12:45 – 13:30 hrs
  • Location Library Lecture Room L 104
  • Coffee and tea will be provided
  • Maximum number of participants is 18.


October 3, 2017

Research Data Office launches series of lectures and workshops

By Petra Ploeg

The Research Data Office (RDO) launches a series of lectures and workshops on research data management as of October 2017. The meetings will take place in the library’s course room during lunchtime. Coffee and tea will be provided.

The lectures and workshops are provided by the staff of the Research Data Office or by guest speakers from Tilburg University or outside.

Every month another aspect of research data management is being discussed:

  1. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Archiving research data with data repository DataverseNL (by RDO)
  2. Thursday, November 9, 2017 – Data Security (by the Computer Emergency Response Team -UvT-CERT)
  3. Monday, December 4, 2017 – Data Management Plans (by RDO)
  4. Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Data storage during research (by RDO)
  5. Thursday, March 1, 2018 – Research data and privacy  (by Legal Affairs)

The meetings are free of charge for every university researcher and will be announced via the University Agenda on Intranet, this blog and Twitter.
For more information, please contact the RDO via

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