What is Research Data Management (RDM)?

Data management in research is an ongoing task during the research lifecycle. RDM includes all actions that organise, store, preserve and share data collected during research. This means everyday management, as well as making decisions for the long term. It's the process whereby procedures, best practises and policy are developed to better protect, describe and validate data. This is to improve the quality of data and to facilitate potential re-use.

Why manage your data?

The university recognizes the importance of research data and RDM for the integrity and quality of research. When done well, it improves viibility of the research and gives more opportunity for collaboration and exchange. Managing data is important throughout the whole cycle to be able to preserve, share and re-use the data. It also discourages redundancy and increases efficiency in the research.

Our data policy

The RDM policy defines the general guidelines and responsabilities for the different involved parties and concerns all research projects executed by VUB Researchers. 


Head of Research Information & Data Management
Elisa Maes


+32 2 629 34 60
Reporting & Monitoring Analyst
Amal Alsamman


+32 2 629 16 53
Policy advisor scholarly communication bibliometrics & open access
Lucy Amez


+32 2 629 22 21
Administrative expert Pure
Elena Huerta Sanchez


+32 2 629 11 09
Information Manager (Pure database)
Stefanie Van Rysseghem


+32 2 629 13 03
Research Information & Data Management
Niek Van Wettere


+32 2 629 11 07

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Training & workshops

Thursday 24 September, 17:00

PhD Frederik Marc Vandyck

 Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Sciences of Mr. Frederik Marc Vandyck. Please find attached the invitation.  The defense will take place in room D.0.03. More information can be found in the invitation. 

 Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Sc...

Friday 25 September, 13:00

PhD Nathan Ricks

Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Sciences of Mr. Nathan Ricks. Please find attached the invitation.   The defense will be livestreamed. More information can be found in the invitation.

Public PhD defense in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Scie...

Friday 25 September, 16:00

Doctoraatsverdediging van Vítězslav Titl

Doctoraatsverdediging van Vítězslav Titl voor het behalen van de academische graad van Doctor in de economische wetenschappen met het proefschrift getiteld ‘The Role of Political Connections and Institutions in Public Procurement. Evidence from Czech Administrative Data’. Promo...

Doctoraatsverdediging van Vítězslav Titl voor het behalen van de academische graad van Doct...

Friday 25 September, 16:30

PhD Matthias Floré

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences of Mr. Matthias Floré. Promotor: Prof. dr. Kenny De Commer The presentation can also be followed online. Send an email to Kenny.De.Commer@vub.be to obtain the link.

Public defense to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences of Mr. Matthias Floré. Pro...

Friday 25 September, 18:00

Go with the Flow and Stay with the Trouble - Book release

Saturday 26 September, 08:30 - 17:00 U

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What's a Data Management Plan (DMP)?

It's a formal document that outlines what you will do with your data during and after the research project.
This is usually made during the planning stage of your research. Some funders (like FWO and EC) require you to make one for your application and revise it after a certain amount of time.
See the website below for templates or contact us at dmp@vub.be for any further questions.




You can use your VUB-account as login


Open Data

Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to the public to use and republish as they wish, without the usual restrictions (copyright, patents, etc). It allows for more collaboration between researchers, as well as an easier opportunity to find relevant data for your project. The VUB encourages researchers to open their data using the FAIR principles in a discipline specific repository whenever possible.

FAIR stands for:

  • Findable 
    Rich metadata with a unique persistent identifier registered in a searchable resource.
  • Accessible 
    Retrievable using a standardized communications protocol that is open and free.
  • Interoperable 
    Using formal, accessible and broadly applicable language and vocabularies.
  • Re-usable 
    Released with a clear and accessible license, meets domain-relevant community standards and has a plurality of relevant attributes.


Open access

This refers to providing access to scientific output, to consult, download index or disclose, free of charge or technical barriers. The VUB facilitates green Open Access by offering a repository accesible through the PURE interface. Making the results of your research free and online available increases visibility and use by the international community and helps establishing a dynamic science culture.

If you want morge information on whether you can open your specific research you can consult the webpage of the Legal & Ethics Office




What is PURE?

PURE is the Current research Information System (CRIS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 
It contains all information regarding research conducted at the university and is the unique source for all reports on research.

Why use PURE?

PURE is used to manage research projects at R&D back-office, to create reports and to disclose research information to the general public. Pure is the central database of all research output at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. This data can be used for:

  • managing your pubications, activities, media participation, etc...
  • create and maintain your CV's
  • increase your researches' visibility  throught the PURE portal 
  • display information on your (departmental) website (e.g. via HTML download)
  • statistics & information (reporting to VABB-SHW, FWO, funding, etc...

Who can use PURE?

All VUB Staff members have access to Pure. You can use your NetID (e.g. 'jjansens') to log in to Pure.
If you're not a member of staff but you need access to Pure (eg. PhD students, EhB staff members) you can request an "affiliated member" status via the secretarial office of your faculty.
Please note that PhD students who do not have a staff affiliation need to request an "affiliated member" status in order to access Pure. This can be requested via the secretariat of your faculty in agreement with your promotor. This status is valid for 2 years. As a PhD student you will need access to Pure if you want to use the scientific section of your PhD Portfolio, seen as this will be populated with content from Pure.

Researchers of the University Hospital can log in with their 'UZB account' as long as you do not have a NetID. If you have both, you can only log in with your NetID.



PURE for VUB-researchers

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PURE portal

Use the PURE portal to look for VUB-researchers, publications and other output

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Intranet for VUB-researchers

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Training & workshops

The RDM team offers a variety of resources depending on the need of researchers.
The VUB LRN website includes learning resources on RDM and we offer you a list of online resources below. 
Requests for group training or workshops can be sent to us via email or phone, which you can find in the contact page.

Quick Start

In depth


DMP & RDM Support

VUB provides support for the creation of DMP's for our researchers. You can find the templates for the FWO & EC on this page, and while it is otherwise not mandatory, we do encourage everyone to use the DMPOnline tool to create your own DMP.

Part of the Research Data Management Office's responsabilities is to help develop data management policies. If your faculty, research department or group would like to set up an official data management policy, please contact us with any queries or support.

Training session PURE

Do you want to organize a training session for your research group or department? We are here for you. After you have booked a time slot we will get in touch to go over the specifics with you.

Book a training session

Support for Pure (incl. reporting):

Support for DMP:

  • Amal Alsamman
    Reporting & Monitoring Analyst
    T +32 (0) 629 1121
    Email: Amal.Alsamman@vub.be
  • Lucy Mieke Amez
    Policy Advisor Scientific Publications, Bibliometrics & Open Science
    T +32 (0) 629 2221
    Email: Lucy.Amez@vub.be
  • Elisa Maes
    Head of research Information & Data Management
    T +32 2 629 34 60
    Email: Elisa.Maes@vub.be
  • Stefanie Van Rysseghem
    Information Manager Pure
    T +32 (0) 629 1303
    Email: Stefanie.Van.Rysseghem@vub.be  
  • Niek Van Wettere
    Research Information & Data Management
    T +32 2 629 11 07
    Email: Niek.Van.Wettere@vub.be



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