Data Crumbs

your data management tips

ERIM provides you regularly some useful tips and tricks on data management. For questions please contact us via

  • February 2020

2020 is in full swing and topics such as data transparency, accessibility of data, and data quality are making headlines. Will your data stand up the scrutiny? Give yourself 10 minutes of your time and read the following data crumbs. May the data-force be with you!

  • ERIM/EUR data repository is happy to announce that the “private link” feature is in line with the double-blind peer review standard. Do you need to privately share data or other support material for review purposes? Double-blind is the standard? Use feature “Private link” and no logos, links or other identifiers will point out to you or your co-authors. Please note that meeting the double-blind standard when it comes to actual data is still author(s)’ responsibility.
  • Data IS or data ARE? That’s the question. Watch the short video from Macmillan Education to learn yourself.
  • Working with large datasets? Nature suggest these 11 tips.
  • NWO updated its data management policy. ERIM together with RSM, ESE and EUR offers everything that you need in order to meet the new criteria.
  • Back to history now. Watch how file and data management was done in early 1980’s. Very vintage, isn’t it?

  • December 2019

Here is some inspiration and hands-on guidelines from various disciplines. Let's your curious mind set free and be challenged by your fellow research colleagues at large. May the data-force be with you!

  • September 2019

Identify yourself, identify your outputs

Here are some interesting bits and pieces that focuse on F in FAIR principle.

You know yourself and your own research output. Possibly some of your colleagues know it too. But how to make sure, that you and your current and future outputs will be always known as yours in an easy and sustainable way? More, how to enable your research outputs to be easily cited and always connected correctly with you. There is a trouble-free way - use persistent identifiers.

Identify yourself by creating an ORCID number. You only create it once and it will stay with you your whole career. Make sure that you update your profile periodically. To achieve high impact use your ORCID number as a preferred way to identify yourself for publishers, social networks, and repositories. If any platform that you use enable you to connect it with your ORCID, use that option. Let your institute know your ORCID.

Identify your research outputs. Publishers will automatically assign a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to your papers. What about other research outputs (e.g. SW code, algorithms, figures, reports, datasets)? Use a data repository, it will automatically assign DOI to your items too.

  • July 2019

Desktop Uploader for ERIM data repository
Do you want to upload and publish big file(s)? You can drag and drop files up to 5GB in the ERIM data repository. If you need to upload files that are bigger than 5GB you can use Figshare desktop uploader. The Figshare desktop uploader allows quick and easy uploads of your research outputs, straight from your desktop. All files are uploaded into your private space on Figshare, where you can choose whether to make them public or manage them privately.
You can upload many files at once and reusable uploads are also supported, which means that if your internet connection drops you don’t need to start to upload again. This useful piece of software is now available via EUR Software center.

Metadata Standards Directory
There are many metadata standards available. Research Data Alliance created a useful directory where you search for particular metadata standard or browse by research subject. If you feel you can add to existing vocabulary or you are missing a standard feel free to contribute actively. Project is GitHub based and community driven.

  • June 2019

ERIM Data Repository

We are excited about our new ERIM data repository. We hope that you are too. Did you already publish something? Here are some ideas beyond usual why this tool is beneficial.

Publish a poster
You worked hard to get to the point that you are about to present your poster during the conference. Bad feelings about somebody stealing your idea? Do you know how many people actually got interested in your work? Publish your poster in ERIM data repository! Read one researchers perspective to poster publishing to learn more about benefits. Not sure how to do it? Contact our ERIM Data Steward via

Taylor & Francis’s Data Policy
In 2018 Taylor & Francis (T&F) launched its set of data sharing policies. Are you about to send the manuscript with dataset to one of T&F’s journals? By using ERIM data repository, you make sure that you use a compliant and supported tool.

  • March 2019

Open Access publications

We would like to introduce you to online services that can be beneficial when looking for data or Open Access publications.

Google Dataset Search
Google is now able to search research datasets. A few months back Google introduced its new service aiming on researchers in particular: Google Dataset Search. Looking for some data? Try it out. Still in beta version, however interesting tool to keep within the radar. One way how you personally can help improve the service is to keep the metadata record of your dataset as standardized and descriptive as possible.

There are lots of university repositories and Open Access publications. To search for them can be tremendous and demotivational task. Unpaywall strives to fill in the gap. In their own words, they “harvest Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, and make it easy to find, track, and use.” And if you need a moment to relax, you can watch how the number of Open Access publications connected to Unpaywall is constantly growing? Promising, isn’t it?