Dorien Huijser

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I started my career at Utrecht University in the bachelor Liberal Arts and Sciences. Here, I learned about the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation as a way to solve society's larger issues. Additionally, I dove into Cognitive and neurobiological psychology (major) and Language development (minor).

In my master Neuroscience and Cognition, I conducted two research projects in both cognitive (9 months) and developmental psychology (6 months). Additionally, I completed a minor in science education and communication, where I gained skills in communicating science to different audiences.


After my master's, I started as educational content creator and e-moderator at UMC Utrecht, and as a data manager at the Brain and Development Research Center. In these positions, I was able to combine promoting good research practices with creating educational scientific content for a PhD audience. Later, I continued my job as a data manager at the same developmental neuroscience group at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University.

Currently, I work as a data steward at the Utrecht University Library. In this position, I help researchers with their research data management questions and issues. Check out the What I do page for more info.


Why research data management is critical for open science

When it comes to open science, researchers aiming for reproducible research are most likely to steal the show, for example by sharing data, code and materials. In the meantime, research data management, i.e., how you deal with your data, often goes relatively unnoticed. However, it is my humble (yet perhaps biased) opinion that without good research data management, open science would not lead to much durable scientific progress at all. Read More ›

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