UV Open science support desk

Are you a researcher at the faculty of Health, the faculty of Sports and Nutrition or the faculty of Digital Media, Creative Industries? Then there is a whole team of experts waiting for you at the Urban Vitality Open Science Support Desk. This Support Desk supports you with all your questions about quantitative and qualitative research, open science and data management. Transparency in research is always central.

The Support Desk advises on:

  • Information retrieval (searches), registration in PURE, Open Access and copyrights.
  • Privacy-Security Management and risk analyses (AVG).
  • Research data management - from data management plan (DMP) to archiving and re-use.
  • Designing, analysising and reporting of quantitative and qualitative research.

What can you ask us about? Consider topics such as:

  • Primary purpose of your study
  • Utility of a scoping review
  • Data management plan
  • Publishing in open access
  • Dealing with privacy regulations and laws
  • Pre-registration of study protocols
  • Statistical Methods
  • Visualising data
  • Clear reporting
  • Avoiding 'spin’
  • Archiving according to FAIR principles
  • Data-sharing
  • Use of the UvA-HvA Figshare repository

If you present problems that are too specialised for our Support Desk, we will put you in contact with super specialists or try to gain knowledge about them ourselves.


Support Desk staff are inspired by research on research (meta-research). Meta-research shows that research waste, moderate replicability, selective reporting of outcomes are major problems in the biomedical and social sciences and in much applied research. The Open Science Support Desk's advice contributes to relevant, valid, efficient and completely reported research.

Other AUAS-services

On the AUAS research support page (intranet) you will find information and links to HvA research support services such as the ethical research committee , legal support, research funding, privacy and research IT.

Consult a subject librarian for advice on literature research strategy, help with database searches, article retrieval and other related questions. One or more subject librarians are available for each faculty, visit the AUAS library website for their contact details.

The Copyright Information Point of the AUAS library provides information about re-use of information (citations) or data. Visit the AUAS library website .

Members Open Science Support Desk

The Urban Vitality Open Science Support Desk has experts in privacy and security, qualitative and quantitative research methods, information and literature retrieval, and research data management. Here we introduce you to the 7 team members.

Ellis Hensen - information manager / privacy officer

Ellis Hensen is information manager/privacy officer at the faculty of Health and the faculty of Sports and Nutrition. She supports researchers in the field of privacy and security when processing personal data. She believes that accuracy, transparency and reliability are important to protect the privacy of research participants and to uphold the reputation of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Need help? Ellis is happy to help. Please contact Ellis at opensciencesupport@hva.nl.

Gerben ter Riet - physician methodologist, quantitative research

Gerben ter Riet is a clinical epidemiologist specialising in the relationship between research integrity and a wide range of methodologies for quantitative research.

Need help? Gerben is happy to think along with you. Please contact Gerben at opensciencesupport@hva.nl

Anne de Jong - datasteward

Anne de Jong is data steward for the Centre of Expertise Urban Vitality. Within the Open Science Support Desk Anne is involved in advising and supporting researchers on Research Data Management (RDM). Either demand-driven via the Support Desk, or embedded in research projects. Anne also develops procedures and policies for responsible, ethical and efficient data management.

Need help? Anne is happy to think along. Please contact Anne via opensciencesupport@hva.nl

Anne Marie Meijer - Open Access specialist

Anne Marie Meijer is Publishing Specialist for practice-based research at the HvA Library. She helps make the research conducted at the HvA findable and openly accessible. You can contact her with questions about where, how and why open access publishing. You can also ask her questions about Publinova, the new platform for practice-based research. Finally, you can approach her with questions about impact analyses of research.

Need help? Anne Marie is happy to think along. Please contact Anne Marie via opensciencesupport@hva.nl

Rieke van Dijk - Qualitative Research & Participatory Action Research

Rieke van Dijk specialises in a wide range of research methodologies for qualitative research and doing participatory action research.

Need help? Rieke is happy to think along. Please contact Rieke via opensciencesupport@hva.nl

Nelleke Stibbe - Pure administrator

Nelleke Stibbe is Pure administrator within the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Sport and Nutrition. She supports researchers on Pure imports.

Need help? Nelleke is happy to think along. Please contact Nelleke via opensciencesupport@hva.nl

Published by  Urban Vitality 9 February 2024