Anja Smit new director of national DANS data institute

15 March 2022

Anja Smit, currently Librarian of Utrecht University, will be the new director of DANS, national expertise centre and repository for research data. She will be succeeding Henk Wals in mid-July, who is retiring.

Anja Smit (61) has been Librarian of Utrecht University and Director of the University Library since 2010. She brings more than 30 years of national and international experience in the field of sustainable access to scientific information. She was previously director of the university libraries at Maastricht University and Radboud University in Nijmegen, and Executive Consultant for academic libraries in the New England region of the US. Together with Frank Miedema, she also led the Open Science programme at Utrecht University between 2018 and 2019. Anja Smit is internationally active in networks such as LERU, OCLC and LIBER, of which she is secretary-general. She therefore brings with her a large international network relevant to DANS. Smit received her MA in Dutch Literature from Utrecht University.

DANS - national expertise centre and repository for research data

DANS helps researchers to make their data available for reuse. This means that scientists can use the data for new research and published research is verifiable and repeatable. This requires knowledge of how data can be made retrievable, accessible and interoperable. DANS is an internationally recognised centre of expertise in that field. In addition, DANS is a certified data archive, where reliability is paramount. With more than 200,000 datasets and sixty employees, DANS is one of the leading and fastest growing repositories in Europe. Data experts and software developers from DANS are involved in numerous projects to create the European and national infrastructure for research data. DANS is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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