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Tilburg University presents four certified ‘open’ research data repositories

On the occasion of World Digital Preservation Day on November 29, Tilburg University presents four research data repositories that have received the world-wide CoreTrustSeal quality label, or an earlier version of this label. These four repositories constitute a wealth of data available to researchers for further research.

Tilburg University aims for its research to be published in such a way that is freely accessible. By sharing data, software and material, and by making peer review transparent and accessible, our researchers enter into dialog with society and raise the impact of their research. Besides this, open science, as it is called, contributes to the reliability and accuracy of the research. Also as a member of the VSNU, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands, we actively pursue the further development of open science.

Certified data repositories

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Tilburg University’s research data are stored securely, together with all the information that is needed for their reutilization and verifiability. Four of our data repositories have already received the CoreTrustSeal quality label, or its earlier version, the Data Seal of Approval. This international quality label certifies that the way the data are stored meets the quality requirements that guarantee sustainability and transparency. The data in these repositories are available for academic research.

The four data archives comprise physical and psychosocial data of (former) cancer patients (PROFILES), a variety of data of 4500 Dutch households (LISS Panel Data), psychological and economic aspects of financial behavior of 2000 Dutch households (DNB Household Survey) and various data of the Tilburg University Schools (Tilburg University Dataverse).

The Department of Social Psychology at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences was the first department to use Dataverse as an integral part of its data policy. Associate Professor Mark Brandt, a member of the Department’s Data Committee:

"'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."

For more information, see Tilburg University Open Science.

Column Dr. Michèle B. Nuijten: Open Science, the Way Forward

Researchers about Tilburg University Dataverse


Coming up: 2019 Lunch Meetings

In a series of Lunch Meetings on campus in 2019, the available repositories will be presented to the university community. The Lunch Meetings link up with the regular series organized by the Research Data Office on topics in research data management. One of the projects that will be discussed during the Lunch Meetings is TILCOM, which monitors consumer behavior and emotions, and is carried out by TIBER, funded by the Tilburg School of Economics and Management.  

11 December Film and debate:

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Did you know that commercial publishers of scientific work are making profits up to 40%? After watching the movie Paywall there will be a discussion on the pros and cons of open access publishing led by Prof. Peter Achterberg.

11 December: Webinar Data Sustainability

Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) organizes a Webinar for researchers on December 11, 2018 between 15:00 and 16:00 hours.