DataverseNL is a platform service in which universities, colleges and research institutions can host their own institutional repository. If you have a question, please check the frequently asked questions or send your question to Service Manager Marion Wittenberg.

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Researchers from affiliated institutions can deposit their research data, publish datasets and share them with others. DataverseNL makes it easy to make your research data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).

Visible & findable

Each dataset gets a DOI as a ‘persistent identifier’. This makes your data more visible and permanently findable.

Regulating access

DataverseNL offers the possibility to use different licenses for the use of the data. It is also possible to regulate access to your research data.

Version management

You can work on a dataset together with your team.  Version control allows you to track changes accurately.


The extensive choice of rights and roles and the creation of sub-dataverses allows institutions to set up their own dataverse according to the needs of their institution and users.


Storage in a TDR (Trustworthy Digital Repository) is a requirement of funding bodies.

Durable preservation

Institutions that use DataverseNL can obtain the CoreTrustSeal certification for their own dataverse. An automatic connection with the Data Vault of DANS guarantees durable preservation of the data.

About DataverseNL

Storing, registering and sharing research data online, both during the research and after it is completed. That is DataverseNL.

DataverseNL is a service that is jointly offered by the participating institutions and DANS. DataverseNL uses the Dataverse software developed by Harvard University.  This software is used by 70 organisations worldwide.

Since 2014, DANS manages the technical infrastructure. The participating institutions are responsible for the management of the deposited data in their dataverses within DataverseNL. All institutions are represented in the advisory board, which determines the policy of the service. The local dataverse managers regularly exchange experiences and work together to develop good best practices for Research Data Management (RDM).

Institutions pay a fixed fee for their participation in DataverseNL. The contribution for 2022 is €5,125 ex VAT. In addition, storage costs for the data are charged (€ 295, – (excluding VAT.) per Terabyte (TB) per year).

Technical infrastructure

All data are hosted on servers in the Netherlands. DANS offers a reliable secure infrastructure.

Better visibility

The metadata of your dataset can be found in, among others: Google Scholar, Google Dataset search and the Dutch portal for scientific research NARCIS.

Institutional dataverses

Deposit your data in a data server of your institution according to the organisation’s own RDM policy.

Persistent identifiers

Assign a DOI to your dataset to make your data more accessible and citable.

Log in with SURFconext

You do not need to create another account, but simply log in with your institutional login details. If your institution is not connected to SURFconext, DataverseNL offers the option of creating local accounts.

Frequently asked questions

How can I use DataverseNL?

In order to upload your research data to DataverseNL, your institution must be a DataverseNL partner. The list of partners can be found here.

If your institution is a DataverseNL partner and uses SURFconext, you can log into with your institutional account. If this is not the case, you need to create an account.

You do not need to be affiliated with a DataverseNL partner to search or download datasets. 

How can I upload a dataset in DataverseNL?

When logged in, browse to the (sub)dataverse of your institution. Click the Add data button on the right side of the page to create a new dataset or new subdataverse. Permissions for creating a dataset or subdataverse can differ per institute.

In case you do not see the Add data button, please contact your local DataverseNL administrator to obtain dataset creation rights. The contact information per institute can be found here.

How do I restrict access to (a part of) my files?

It is possible to prohibit others from downloading or opening your files. Go to the Files tab in your dataset page and use the checkboxes to select the files you want to restrict. Click Edit Files and choose Restrict. A pop-up notice will appear. Here you can add the terms/conditions for access to your files.

You can also check the box for Enable Access Request if you want users to be able to send an access request via DataverseNL.

How do I set terms of use for my dataset?

When you create a dataset, the Creative Commons 0 (CC-0) waiver is automatically selected. 

It is possible to adjust the Terms of Use. Go to the Terms tab on your dataset page and click Edit Terms requirements. Select the radio button No, do not apply CC0 public domain dedication, and fill in the text fields with your own terms and conditions.

Can I make changes to my published dataset?

Yes, this is possible. Use the Edit dataset button to change metadata and/or the files within the dataset. Making changes to your dataset will result in an new draft version. Only after publishing this draft, the changes will be visible for others. After clicking the publish button, a pop-up notice will inform you that a new version (major or minor) of the dataset will be created.

Is there a maximum upload size per file?

Yes, a file can be 9,3 GB max. But you can upload as many files as you want to a dataset.

How can I share my data in DataverseNL with others without publishing the dataset?

If the person you want to share your data with has no DataverseNL account, you can send a Private URL. To do this, click Edit dataset and choose Private URL. Persons who receive this link can access your dataset without it being published.

If the person you want to share your data with does have a DataverseNL account, you can give him/her permission to access your data. Go to Edit>Permissions>dataset and click Assign roles to Users/Groups. To select the user and add permissions, it is necessary that this person has been logged in to DataverseNL at least once. This is also possible for people outside your institute. If they can’t use SURFconext, they can make a local account.

Who can search and download my files in DataverseNL?

When your dataset is published, the metadata is always publicly accessible, even for users without a DataverseNL account. Who can download your files depends on the restrictions you have set on the files, and on the permission settings of your dataset.


DataverseNL is a service offered jointly by DANS and the following participating institutions:

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Protestantse Theologische Universiteit locatie Amsterdam

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Maastricht University - Short Term Programs

Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed – Amsterdam Time Machine

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Welkom bij de Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

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Local DataverseNL admins

Avans University of Applied Sciences

Cultural Heritage Agency

Eindhoven University of Technology (4TU.Centre for Research Data)

Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Leiden University

TU Delft (4TU.Centre for Research Data)

Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Maastricht University

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)


Protestant Theological University (PThU)

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Tilburg University

Trimbos Institute

University of Groningen

UMC Utrecht

University of Twente (4TU.Centre for Research Data)

Utrecht University

VU Amsterdam


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