Network of Excellence in Internet Science

Royal Netherland Academy for Arts and Science

As the forum, conscience, and voice of the arts and sciences in the Netherlands, the Royal Netherland Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW see promotes the quality of scientific and scholar work and strives to ensure that Dutch scholars and scientists make the best possible contribution to the cultural, social, and economic development of Dutch society. Two units from the Academy will take part in the Internet Science NoE: DANS, e-humanities. DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) – an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Netherlands Organisation for Research (NWO) – is responsible for permanent storage and access of research data, with a focus on, but not limited to the arts and humanities and social sciences in the Netherlands. DANS is the expertise centre in the Netherlands (and an international player) for permanent storage and data accessibility (data management, metadata standards, quality guidelines, data migration, persistent identifiers, enhanced publications, licensing, etc.). Its further expertise encompasses data modelling, semantic web technologies and designing user interfaces. DANS has been involved in the preparation of a European Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities ( (ESFRI, FP7). The e-Humanities Group is a new initiative of the KNAW to bring together expertise and research in the development and use of digital technologies across KNAW institutes in the humanities and social sciences. It encompasses two strands: Computational Humanities and Cultures of e-Humanities.