The Flemish Research Data Network (FRDN) is a network of 36 Flemish research performing organizations that collaborate on Open and FAIR data. This way, it supports individual institutions to implement the Open Science policy of the Flemish government, and to connect with international initiatives, such as the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
We are on a mission.
By joining forces and co-creating the necessary building blocks for Open Science, we support Flemish research institutions in enabling researchers to exchange and reuse FAIR and/or open research (meta)data. This way, we contribute to the integrity, quality, and efficiency of research, and thus to accelerating research impact and innovation in society.
As a network and community of research data professionals, we support Flemish research institutions in implementing the (Flemish) Open Science policy by coordinating and facilitating peer-to-peer learning, collaboration(s), and co-creation, and by shaping the prerequisites for making research (meta)data interchangeable and reusable. During this process, we help research organizations in supporting their researchers to implement Open Science practices and we provide input for policymakers to facilitate this process.
Professional and reflective
The network is high-quality, self-learning, result-oriented and agile. It focuses on scientific integrity and the advancement of expertise, and is able to tackle the challenges in a rapidly evolving (international) landscape.
Collaborative and responsive
The main strength of the network is to build a community across institutions, focused on solving practical problems. We focus on interaction between research data professionals and build solutions together with those directly involved.
Inclusive and complementary
We make full use of the heterogeneity of the network. In this way, researchers from knowledge institutions and from different disciplines in Flanders, can advance towards Open Science.
Open and transparent
Knowledge institutions work together on common goals in an open and transparent climate. It is clear how and why decisions are made as we strive for maximum knowledge sharing within the network.
Innovative and research-oriented
As a network, we want to introduce innovative practices that put Flanders on the map in the international (Open) Science landscape. Conversely, we wish to implement the latest international and European developments on Open Science in the Flemish framework. Researchers are the sounding board for solutions and developments that take shape in the FRDN.
These values are the result of a participatory process involving all members of the network.
Joke MeeusPolicy officer network coordination
Bart DoomsChair Working Group Architecture
Ulrike KenensMember Coordination Hub
Elisa MaesMember Coordination Hub
"Together we can make Open Science a reality"
Hannelore VanhaverbekeMember Coordination Hub
"No vision without pragmatism – No pragmatism without vision"
Sarah DecosterChair Working Group RDM & OS
For a responsible and sustainable Open Science ecosystem, truly at the service of researchers and adequately connected with society.
Evy NeyensChair of the project group ecosystem and project group trusted repositories
Tessa AcarCommunication officer and Knowledge Hub community manager
Bart DumolynEWI Open Science officer