Ensuring research data quality over time and over borders
15 years ago, DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) was established as the Netherlands Institute for permanent access to digital research resources. DANS encourages researchers to make their digital research data and related outputs Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). The DANS long-term data archive EASY presently holds almost 120.000 datasets. Due to the formal obligation for archaeologists since 2007 to deposit their data at the E-Depot for Dutch Archaeology incorporated in EASY, over 66.000 of the datasets in EASY are archaeological datasets.
EASY allows digital research data of Dutch archaeologists to remain accessible and usable in the long term. The e-depot is meant for all digital archaeological data, from specialist research to dissertation and from coring research to definitive excavation data. DANS contributes to international best practices and sustainably archives the data as a certified Trusted Digital Repository. Furthermore, by participating in European portals such as Europeana and ARIADNE, DANS ensures better visibility of the archaeological data in EASY.
The presentation will detail the services of DANS, the role of DANS in the Dutch archaeological infrastructure and the factors that contribute to the FAIR quality of datasets.