Additional services

As an EUR staff member, you can of course use our services: gather data from the databases we offer, attend a workshop or get individual support. However, there are also some services specially made for researchers and lecturers.

Data collection

The EDSC can mediate between you and data providers. We can do some of the more administrative task of getting data, ask for quotations and licenses at commercial vendors, and help as much as we can by getting microdata.

Secondly, we can help you with storing, indexing and disseminating your own datasets. More and more funders ask for you to provide an Open Access dataset at the end of your research project. We can assist you in doing this as efficiently as possible. Some of the storage systems that we support are SurfDrive, Dataverse, DANS Easy and SurfSARA.

Interested? Don’t hesitate and contact Paul Plaatsman of the Erasmus Data Service Centre.

Research Data Management

Research Data is a very popular topic and there's already a lot information to be found on Research Matters. Please use the information in this portal if you need background information regarding research data (management). 

Within the different phases of the data life cycle the Erasmus Data Service Centre (EDSC) can play its role. In the early stage we can help with access to, and finding data within, databases. Furthermore you can consult us about the creation of data management plans. Once you finished your research we can assist you safely storing your data. In the last phase, the re-use of your data, the role is quite obvious. During the whole data life cycle legal aspects, like IPR, privacy or database law can play a role. If you have questions please don't hesitate to ask for our support.

The Data management plan

In the data management plan the researcher can provide a lot of information about the data set. This information is useful for promotors, funders and later to safely secure your data in a data storage system. We have collected lot of standard text which can be re-used for grant request for different funders. Some online and some on our intranet.

Data storage

We have several options (each with their own purpose) to store data. A short overview:

  • @wEURk for use during research, share locally.
  • Surfdrive for use during research, share internationally.
  • Dataverse long-term storage solution.


SurfDrive is the answer on dropbox. It is like a corporate dropbox, but on Dutch servers. Researcher of the EUR can login with their erna account.

Dutch Dataverse Network (DDN)

When we want to securely store data for a long period of time, we use the Dutch Dataverse Network. Dataverse has been developed by Harvard and is being used by several universities worldwide. In the Netherlands it's hosted by DANS.

Re-use of the Data

When a researcher has released the data for fellow researchers and students we will provide access to the dataset through DDN, the Institutioneel Repository, RePub, DANS Easy and the EDSC website.

Tailored instruction

The EDSC’s Datateam may assist during lectures by showing students how to gather data. Biweekly on Monday group instructions on Datastream and Thomson One Banker are given in the University Library. Workshops on WRDS will take place biweekly on Wednesdays in the University Library. The Bloomberg workshops are given biweekly on Thursdays.

In consultation with lecturers, elements from these general instructions may be used in lectures or practical training sessions.

Delivery of data sets for exercises

Students may also practice with data sets delivered in advance. The data sets may be general selections or selections tailored to the exercise questions. The Datateam may deliver more data (including definitions) than is necessary so that students may learn to select relevant data. For example, for an exercise on Dutch cyclical and countercyclical stocks we can deliver a data set with data on all Dutch stocks and one or more indices for a specific period.

Bloomberg Class

Lecturers can reserve the Bloomberg Class for teaching purpose through Outlook: make a new appointment, use the Scheduling Assistant to addthe Bloomberg Class at 3.18 and select a day and time that is still available. The EDSC will confirm the appointment.

In the Bloomberg Class there is one Bloomberg terminal with beamer for the lecturer and ten Bloomberg terminals for the students. We advise a maximum of two student per one terminal so twenty student altogether for each session. Read more about the Bloomberg Class.

Lecturers can also borrow our Bloomberg laptop to show Bloomberg in their classes.


If you are interested in these services, and need more information, please contact the Datateam by using our question form with the remark ‘Datateam service for lecturers’ in the question field.