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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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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


February 14, 2019

Library at a glance

By Marijke van der Ploeg

LIS proudly presents its infographic Library at a glance! It gives some library facts en figures based on data of 2017. In a few months, we will share the 2018 infographic with you.

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December 21, 2018

Year in review: our top blog posts from 2018

By Petra Ploeg

Due to the holidays, the Research Support team is absent beginning the afternoon of December 22, 2018 until January 2, 2019. The Research Data Office will reopen on January 7, 2019. We wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Here’s our best-read blog posts of 2018 in case you missed them:


Video interviews on the sharing of data as a means of improving the quality of psychological research (Michèle Nuijten) and the CoreTrustSeal for Tilburg University Dataverse (Hylke Annema).

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December 18, 2017

Reading tips for your holiday season

By Marijke van der Ploeg

In the final blog post of 2017, the members of the LIS Research Support blog team would like to offer you some reading tips for your Christmas break.

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Petra Ploeg, information specialist Research Data Office:

If there’s one reading tip I would like to share, it’s the book ‘Data Management for Researchers‘ by Kristin Briney. The book allows researchers to understand and achieve the goal of better research data management, and how to organize, document, use, and reuse their data. To emphasis the importance of good data management, the book starts with the data loss example of NASA in 2006 when it became clear that the original recordings of the first humans landing on the moon 40 years ago were erased and re-used.
The book takes a practical approach on several data management issues from planning to data reuse. Although much of data management planning is local (data policies, data storage solutions), the book describes the general principles on which researchers can base their decisions to plan and manage their own data. The author holds a PhD in physical chemistry and currently works in an academic library.


Paul van Waelsden, collection specialist Law:

James Rebanks has captivated readers worldwide by showing us the world he grew up in: a farm in the Lake District of rural England. His memoir “The Shepherd’s Life” shifts between his personal upbringing and the history of his culture. Rebanks takes the reader through his childhood journey whilst sharing his love for his life-long work as a shepherd. Relax and learn what it’s like to live a life in a place still ancient in both practice and landscape.



Marijke van der Ploeg, information specialist Open Access:


Open scholarship, such as the sharing of articles, code, data, and educational resources, has the potential to improve university research and education as well as increase the impact universities can have beyond their own walls. To support this perspective, Erin McKiernan presents in “Imagining the ‘open’ university : Sharing scholarship to improve research end education” evidence from case studies, published literature, and personal experiences as a practicing open scholar. She describes some of the challenges inherent to practicing open scholarship and some of the tensions created by incompatibilities between institutional policies and personal practice. To address this, she proposes several concrete actions universities could take to support open scholarship and outline ways in which such initiatives could benefit the public as well as institutions.

LIS Research Support wishes you happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

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December 22, 2016

Crash course data management / Happy holidays

By Petra Ploeg

The Research Support team is not in the office during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. We will be back to work starting January 2nd, 2017.

We are happy to leave you with the Data Management Crash Course of Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Be careful with your data.

Happy Holidays!

Data Management Crash Course from Kristin Briney

January 4, 2016

Happy 2016!

By Petra Ploeg

Happy New Year to all researchers and supporting staff of Tilburg University!

BEST, the radical change in the structure of the university’s support organization, did not affect the position of Research Support. So we are still a department of Library and IT Services (LIS), and we’re all ready and happy to provide you with advise and services on:

Here’s how to contact us: department Research Support or email or tweet @ResearchSupp0rt

And here’s our full list of services: Research support university library

We wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous and successful new year ahead.

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December 24, 2015

2015 Year in Review

By Petra Dickhaut

As the year is coming to an end, it is time to reflect on the past year of our blog. We have been writing for the academic community for somewhat more than a year, and it seems that Open Access and research data management were the most frequent topics.

Of course, this is not surprising seeing the negotiations in 2015 of Dutch universities with Elsevier and other academic publishers to make a serious effort to facilitate the transition to open access. And funding agencies more and more recognize the value of sharing research data. Both Dutch funding agency NWO and the program H2020 (European Commission) started a pilot in 2015 in which researchers are required to write a detailed data management plan in grant proposals.

Best read blogposts

Here’s our three best-read blog posts of 2015 in case you missed them:

Our favorites

Our own personal favorites were the Research Meeting “Maximize Your Research Impact” and the Data Management Training because these events gave us the opportunity to meet you and receive feedback on our services. We know e.g. that the presentation of PhD student Chris Hartgerink was the most popular presentation of the Research Meeting (rated 4.2 on a 1-5 scale). The participants of the Data Management Training valued the training with a 7.8 (on a 1-10 scale). We are proud of that!

Best wishes for 2016

We hope that during the past year we have inspired you and kept you up-to-date through our blog. We hope to reach even more members of Tilburg University community in 2016, and to keep in touch with you. Your opinion is valuable to us, so make sure to leave your comment on our posts.

The editorial board of the Research Support blog wishes you a merry Christmas and a wonderful 2016!

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