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Automated import of dataset records

The importance of registering dataset records and making them visible is increasing – both nationally and university-wide. That is why registering dataset records and making them visible is a key element of the National Programme Open Science and the AUAS policy plan.

For some time now, the AUAS has been using UvA/AUAS Figshare, a system for the safe storage, controlled sharing and publication of research data. This system is linked to Pure for registration purposes. In order to include more dataset records in Pure and make them visible, we have augmented the system with a link to Data Monitor.

Data Monitor

Data Monitor is a database that contains metadata from datasets from a large number of scientific data repositories, including Zenodo, EASY, 4TU.ResearchData and Mendeley Data. It includes both domain-specific and more general repositories.

Link between Data Monitor and Pure

The AUAS Library has started using Data Monitor, meaning that this database is now also linked to the Pure registration system. As a result of this import link, metadata of datasets are automatically imported into Pure when a match is found. The import link between Data Monitor and Pure works fully automatically. Dataset records are imported automatically when a match is found. As these dataset records are then also registered automatically, researchers no longer need to register them themselves.

The data in AUAS-affiliated datasets in Data Monitor are imported and stored in Pure. As Pure imports these data, it automatically tries to link them to an AUAS researcher in Pure. Unfortunately, this does not always work. In such cases, the Library validation team will try its best to link the data to an AUAS researcher manually and enrich the data. Besides, the Library validation team verifies every dataset record and validate them if they are OK. Researchers are only expected to check the registration for mistakes, completeness and the right affiliations. and validate the dataset.

Any questions?

Take a look at the frequently asked questions and the related answers. If you cannot find the answer to your question or need help, feel free to send an email to or contact your faculty’s Pure administrator.

Frequently Asked Questions


No, the dataset itself is not imported from Data Monitor into Pure. Only the metadata of the dataset are imported, such as the title and the DOI to the dataset itself.

The Library validation team will verify the dataset records and validate them if they are OK.

If you see any mistakes in a record or want to change or add affiliations, you can amend it. Once you have done so, the Library validation team will be prompted to validate the record again (depending on which field you have amended). They will then assess the proposed changes.

Thanks to the import link between Data Monitor and Pure, datasets are not only imported automatically, but they may also be linked automatically to the relevant publication in Pure. This happens if:

  1. the link is known to Data Monitor (the source system);
  2. the relevant publication is already registered in Pure;
  3. the relevant publication has a DOI.

If the dataset record is not automatically linked to the publication and you want to add a link, go to the Datasets tab in Pure, look up the relevant dataset and open the dataset record. Scroll down in the record to the heading Relations to other content. Use the heading Research output to add the relevant publication. NB: do not forget to click on the blue ‘Save’ button.

Once the link has been made, it will appear in the HvA Research Database.


  • The dataset records imported from Data Monitor are visible in Pure under the heading ‘Datasets’.
  • If there is a link with an AUAS researcher, the dataset records will be visible in the HvA Research Database. The relevant AUAS researcher can then view the dataset records under the heading ‘Datasets’ on the publication tab. This is irrespective of the workflow status (Entry in progress, For validation or Validated) in Pure.
  • If the dataset record imported into Pure is linked to a publication record in Pure, the dataset record will also be visible as a ‘related dataset’ for the relevant publication in the HvA Research Database.

If the dataset was not linked automatically, but the validation team managed to link a dataset to the Internal Person of a researcher in Pure manually, the AUAS researcher will receive an email notification and a notification in Pure by default (under the heading ‘Notifications’) to the effect that Pure has added them to the dataset. This does not happen if the researcher turned off this option in their email notification settings or task list in Pure.

Yes. Adding your ORCID iD and/or Scopus ID to Pure can improve the automated import of dataset records from Data Monitor into Pure. More matches will be found, so a dataset will be linked to you more often. NB: it can happen that no match is found even though you have added your ORCID iD and/or Scopus ID to your profile in Pure. This is because you must also have an ORCID iD and/or Scopus ID in Data Monitor for a match to be found.

To add your ORCID iD and/or Scopus ID to Pure or check whether it has already been added:

  • ORCID: log into Pure and click on Edit profile. Scroll down to the ORCID field and click on Create or Connect your ORCID iD.
  • Scopus: log into Pure and click on Edit profile. Select the type Scopus Author ID for the ID field and enter your Scopus ID.

Validation and workflow

After a dataset record has been imported automatically from Data Monitor, it is assigned the workflow status For validation in Pure. This means that the dataset record is ready for verification and, once verified, validation in the task list of the Library validation team. NB: more recent datasets are given priority over older ones in the validation process.

After validation, the dataset record is assigned the status Validated.

As a result of the link with Data Monitor, Pure imports all dataset records published since 2016. Due to the huge volume of dataset records imported since the link was made, not all dataset records can be validated immediately. More recent datasets are given priority over older ones in the validation process.

Published by  HvA Library 2 January 2024