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Access to existing Datasets

It is not always necessary to collect new data for your research. More and more research data is made openly available for further research and analysis in archives or data depositories. Re-using existing datasets can save a lot of time and money. We, therefore, recommend you to check which datasets are already available within your research field first.

Sources for existing datasets

DUTCH DATA ARCHIVES:


 


DANS – EASY

EASY is an electronic archiving system for research data that offers access to thousands of datasets in the humanities, social and behavioural sciences, geospatial sciences and oral history. The majority of the datasets are Open Access available.



ODISSEI 

Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations (ODISSEI) is the Dutch national research infrastructure for the social sciences. ODISSEI brings together researchers with the necessary data, expertise and resources to conduct ground-breaking research and embrace the computational turn in social enquiry.

Through ODISSEI, researchers have access to large-scale, longitudinal data collections as well as innovative and diverse new forms of data. These can be linked to administrative data at Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Combining data from a wide range of sources enables researchers to answer new, exciting, interdisciplinary research questions and to investigate existing questions in new and novel ways. 

ODISSEI offers several benefits to UT researchers, including a discount for CBS Microdata and free access to the LISS panel  


CBS

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) has made its complete database (a total of 3400 datasets) available as open data. The statistical data is now easily available and reusable. You can find the datasets at the CBS Data Portal.
Go to the BMS info page on using CBS data 

 


4TU Research Data

The depository of the 4TU Research Data hosts datasets originating from technical and scientific research in the Netherlands.


 


Dutch National Data Portal 

The Data.Overheid.nl portal (available in Dutch) provides an overview of all available datasets provided by government organizations in the Netherlands.



CentERdata

A big part of the data collected by CentERdata is freely available for researchers. The CentERdata database contains CentERpanel dataLISS panel dataDHS data and SHARE data. Check out these pages for more information about the terms and conditions and to gain access to these interesting datasets.

There are more data sources to discover data relevant for your research have a look at the following portals and/or data providers (under heading 'Data Sources'.

Please let us know if you have any additional Data Archives for your colleague BMS researchers, so we can add them to this overview.

Terms of use

Each data archive or depository has its own terms of use, but generally the most important aspects that should be taken into account when re-using an existing dataset are:

  • The acquired dataset is for personal use only and may not be distributed further
  • Always include an acknowledgement of sources (a bibliographic reference of the dataset)
  • Inform the archive or depository of the new publications that resulted from the dataset