Datamanagers network event

The Centre for Digital Scholarship organises a network event for all datamanagers within Leiden University and the LUMC. Main goal is to get to know each other, learn about the different roles, share best practices and maybe find solutions to common problems.


TherWhatIsDP_DigitalPreservatione is a lot of interest in datamanagement nowadays from different points of view: research quality, open science, reuse of data, big data etc. Leiden University is running a three years programme to implement  the data management policy.  Many people within the University are involved in data management support for researchers. Some are called datamanagers, others might be data stewards, data engineers or data librarians. Job descriptions, tasks and skills vary from one person to the other, but we all help to improve the quality of data collection, modelling, analysis or access to the data. Are you one of those people? Join us for this informal gathering!

The network event is organised by the Centre for Digital Scholarship (CDS). The datalibrarians at the CDS offer general training and support to researchers, We kindly invite all datamanagement support staff at Leiden University to join us on Monday June 19, 15.00 – 17.00 at the University Library, Witte Singel 27, Leiden. Please register using this form:

Are you interested but not able to join us on this date? Please let us know by sending a mail to

Fostering effective data management practices

Want to learn more on the coming about of our data services catalogue? Liber Quarterly has published our article “Fostering effective data management practices at Leiden University”.

Verhaar, P., Schoots, F., Sesink, L., & Frederiks, F. (2017). Fostering effective data management practices at Leiden University. LIBER Quarterly, 27(1), 1–22. DOI:


Some excerpts:

“To ensure that scholars can genuinely make a reasoned selection among the many tools that are currently available, we developed a central catalogue which lists and characterises the most relevant data management services”.

“The catalogue currently provides information about, amongst many other aspects, the organisations behind these services, the main academic disciplines which are targeted and the accepted file formats and metadata formats. The various aspects of these facilities have been classified using terminology provided by conceptual models developed by the UKDA, ANDS and the DCC. Using Leiden University’s policy guidelines as criteria, the overall suitability of each service has also been evaluated.

“The catalogue of data management services also aims to bolster the implementation of an adequate technical infrastructure, as the qualitative evaluations of the services enable policy-makers and developers to quickly establish gaps or other shortcomings within existing facilities”.

The catalogue is further developed by the Facilities and data infrastructure working group of the Dutch National Coordination Point RDM. Interested to learn more? Please contact the Centre for Digital Scholarship at

Slides of Peter Verhaar’s presentation on the catalogue at the Liber Conference in Helsinki, Juni 2016.

See also our previous blogpost on the catalogue.



Welcome to the Leiden Research Data Blog. This blog has been set up to keep you informed about research data management activities at Leiden University. We shall communicate the latest news, report progress made by various projects and offer you a platform to share best practices.

We invite all members of the Leiden University community to post here on their data management experiences.