Enhance your researcher profile with your datasets: record them in PURE

‘Your datasets can be of interest to others, which can in turn lead to new collaboration opportunities.’

05/23/2019 | 4:15 PM

‘Just like your publications, data that you have collected for your research is research output, too. That is why it’s important to record your datasets in PURE’, explains PURE Functional Manager Dimitri Unger. dimitriungerkleinerfotomoniquekooijmans ‘Your datasets can be of interest to others, which can in turn lead to new collaboration opportunities. Datasets recorded in PURE also appear in reports that are used for research evaluations.’

Datasets count in research evaluations and assessments
PURE is the system behind the VU Research Portal, and thus behind your personal profile page. ‘You can use your datasets to boost your profile. These count as research output in reports used for evaluations and assessments. Datasets recorded in PURE do not yet appear on your profile page at the moment, but they will soon be displayed there for everyone to see.’

Specify an archive location to increase findability
‘When recording your dataset in PURE, it is important to mention where you have stored the data. This makes it easier for others to find. If you store the data in an online archive, then you can link to it from the VU Research Portal via a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). You can also create a link between the recorded dataset and the publication for which you used the data.’

Proper recording important for reuse
It is also important for VU Amsterdam, the faculties and departments that VU researchers record their datasets in PURE and specify the archive location. Dimitri explains: ‘There is currently no overview of the datasets resulting from projects at VU Amsterdam, some of which could be reused in new research. Proper recording therefore contributes to reuse and efficiency.’

Quality control
Information on where VU researchers record their datasets is also important for quality control and the further development of VU Amsterdam’s Research Data Management (RDM) policy. ‘If other archives are used (besides those made available by VU Amsterdam), the University Library will check whether these parties can guarantee continuity of storage. We want to be certain that no data can be lost. We also examine whether these archives satisfy the requirements for security and privacy. Based on this information, we can create a comprehensive overview of which archives do or do not comply with VU Amsterdam’s RDM policy.’

Manual: Recording data in PURE (only available in Dutch)

Questions about recording datasets in PURE?
Contact the PURE functional management team: vuresearchportal.ub@vu.nl
Benefits of recording your data in PURE. Recording your data...
- boosts your collaboration opportunities
- counts towards research evaluations and assessments
- increases the findability of your datasets
- contributes to reuse, efficiency and transparency
- helps the University Library further develop RDM policy