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Escape room: proper RDM is the only way out


Escape room: proper RDM is the only way out!

Are you a research supporter helping researchers with their data? Are you in need of a fun and digital way to teach your researchers more about research data management? 

In 2019, several universities joined forces to organize the Data Horror Week, an awareness campaign around Halloween. During this campaign, we actively used social media to promote stories about research data management going wrong and the positive lessons learned from them.

This year, the VU Amsterdam, Leiden University, and the Eindhoven University of Technology organized a similar awareness campaign during the week of 26-30 October. The aim was to create awareness of the importance of good research data management practices and to engage with the research community. The campaign went on social media with the hashtag #datahorrorweek ! We brought attention to the stories published at the VU Library webpage.

Moreover, we also created an online data horror escape room which went live on Thursday 29 October. An escape room is a game where a team of players has to solve a set of puzzles to “escape” the room in which they are “locked”. There is usually a theme and a story that brings the puzzles together. Digital escape rooms, as well as “in-person” escape rooms, are often used in educational settings. This format seemed to offer a fun way to learn about research data management. The room we created consists of six tasks related to the following data management topics: FAIR data, personal data, data archiving, data transfer, persistent identifiers, and metadata. As the room was to become part of the Data Horror Week, the Halloween theme with ghosts and vampires was chosen. You can find more details in this blog post.

We are happy to share our experience and the game itself with our RDM colleagues world-wide. Feel free to try out our escape room and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!



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Data infrastructure

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Data Infrastructure

Incentives for Virtual Research Environments
Reference Architecture poster
Application example poster
Architecture principles (Dutch)
Further documentation upon request.

Have a look at: 
'Improved architecture for higher education'​​ (Dutch)

Financial Aspects

Financial Implications of RDM
Costs per DMP Topic


The LCRDM provided input for the revision of the VSNU Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and the Guidelines for Archiving for the Social Sciences.

A sub-working group of the LCRDM has done the groundwork for the revision of the VSNU Code of Conduct Use of Personal Data (to be published in 2020).