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Data Conversations: managing research data with Yoda

Data Conversations: managing research data with Yoda In-Person

Open data, open methods, and reproducible and transparent research are increasingly endorsed by funders, publishers, institutions, and learned societies. But what does making your research open, transparent, and reproducible mean in practice? What tools are available to store, archive and publish your data? 

This edition of the Data Conversations will focus on Yoda, new software now available to VU researchers. We will hear from researchers who have already started using Yoda for their work. 

Researchers, Students and Staff from different Faculties, Institutes, Services and disciplines will have a chance to hear and learn from each other about their experiences.

Come and share your research data stories and hear others. Find the registration button at the bottom of this page.


12:00 - 12:15 Grab your lunch and get comfortable

12:15 - 12:20 Imke Limpens: VU Yoda launch intro

12:20 - 12:35 Douwe Molenaar: Smoothing the road to FAIR-ness.

12:35 - 12:50 Rob Wüst: Yoda for dummies: how to store and interact with your research data.

12:50 - 13:00 Joint Q&A

13:00 - 13:30 (optional) Further discussion, sharing ideas and experiences and networking

About the speakers

Douwe Molenaar

I'm a microbiologist and systems biologist. I have worked in industrial as well as academic research. Currently, I work as an associate prof in the the Systems Biology Lab of the ALIFE department. My main interests are microbiology, data analysis & statistics, and mathematical modeling of biological systems. I do research as well as teaching in these areas. Since a few years, I'm incorporating data management and reproducibility-of-research techniques in my courses related to data analysis.

Rob Wüst is an assistent-professor at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit, and works on skeletal muscle function in health and disease. In our research project, we generate a lot of data ranging from large dataset with metabolite concentrations, microscopy images, videos and data analysis. In this presentation, I will share some experiences with the new VU Yoda system for saving research data in an online data management system, that allows multiple users to interact with research data.

Imke Limpens is an experienced manager from the VU management pool. Since 2019, she was leading Research Data Support programme at the VU aimed to bring its research data management (RDM) infrastructure to a higher level. Implementation of Yoda was one of the projects within the RDS programme. 

What to expect?


Data Conversations will feature two short talks from researchers or colleagues who support research. Each talk will be about 10 minutes long. There will be a joint Q&A after the talks. Don't miss the free lunch at the beginning of the event! Those who are willing to stay longer than an hour are welcome to continue discussion and networking after the presentations. Use the registration form at the bottom to indicate your dietary restrictions.


Who should attend?


Data Conversations brings together researchers, research support staff and data management and data science experts from all subject areas. Early career researchers, as well as experienced academics, are welcome to attend.

About Data Conversations

Data Conversations started at the University of Lancaster in the UK. The Lancaster Data Conversations aim to bring data practitioners together to talk about how researchers create, collect, use and share data. The Data Conversations at the VU Amsterdam share the same aim and are intended to provide a forum for researchers from different subjects and disciplines to exchange practices and ideas around open data, FAIR data, research data management and related open science topics.

Call for Talks

You can attend and benefit from your colleagues' experiences or come and present your own experiences. We welcome short talks on topics related to Open Science and Reproducible Research from early career researchers as well as from more experienced academics and research support staff. This is an informal and inclusive event, so whether you are a seasoned presenter or a first-timer, your contribution will be welcome.

If you would like to propose a talk, please complete this form.

Thursday, February 2, 2023
12:00 - 13:30
Time Zone:
Central European Time (change)
Gebouw W&N: De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam
  Research Support > Data Management  
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Lena Karvovskaya

Lena Karvovskaya is VU Amsterdam's Research Data Management (RDM) and Open Science Community Manager. She visits RDM expertise meetings and conferences at home and abroad and takes care of the proper dissemination of the latest knowledge throughout VU Amsterdam. 

Lena has a PhD in theoretical linguistics and previously worked as a research data manager at Utrecht University Library. 

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