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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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September 28, 2017

Training Research Data Management: presentations available

By Petra Ploeg

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The Training Research Data Management took place on September 19th on campus. It was attended by 29 PhD students and researchers.

During the training could be learned what data management means for research in practice, how to implement it in your research project, and which services are available to support you.

New in this edition of the training was a short lecture of Legal Affairs about the new rules on data protection and privacy. See our post New national and European rules on data protection and privacy on February 6th, 2017.

Participants valued the training with a 7.5 (on a 1-10 scale).

Curious about the presentations? Check our LIS Research Support site

Due to the high interest in the training, we are looking into the possibility of organizing another edition in November 2017. We will keep you informed via the university’s intranet and this blog.

August 1, 2017

Registration open for training ‘Introduction to 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: Tuesday 19 September 2017, 14:00 – 16:15 hrs.
  • Location: Library Building, lecture room L 104


Participation is free of charge but subject to registration. Please sign up by sending an email to with your name and school/department. Additional information and program details are available on the university’s intranet (login required).

Participants of the previous Data Management Training valued the training with a 7.8 (on a 1-10 scale). This training is a joint service of LIS Research Support and CentERdata.

May 30, 2017

EndNote support

By Richard Broekman

Tilburg University supports students and staff in their use of EndNote for reference management.

This year we have changed our approach to EndNote courses for faculty staff. Replacing the extensive face-to-face courses of previous years, there will be four shorter sessions each year. A large amount of good quality instructional material produced by EndNote itself is available online. The information, manuals, and links to the instructional videos listed on our intranet support page will allow you to learn how to use EndNote at your leisure. As a member of staff, you are  welcome to join one of the introductory or advanced sessions mentioned below if you prefer a face-to-face explanation.

EndNote_ScreenshotTwice a year we organize a basic introduction to EndNote for new users. This introduction provides all the information you need to get started with EndNote. In addition, there are also two half-hour sessions each year, in which we address more advanced EndNote features. This can be new functionality introduced in a recent version of EndNote, or more in-depth explanation of existing functionality that was not part of the introductory session.

The first advanced session is scheduled for June 8th and is about synchronizing and sharing your EndNote library with other people. Future sessions will be announced via the university events list, approximately one month in advance.

  • June 8 2017:                     EndNote library synchronization and sharing
  • October 31 2017:              Basic introduction to EndNote
  • November 28 2017:         Topic to be determined

EndNote is available on your campus computer, or can be installed using the software center. If you have any questions about the installation or use of EndNote, please contact ITsupport.

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