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Data accountability

The VSNU uses a broad set of data on higher education for its website. We state the source under each graph, so the data are verifiable and replicable. 

 

The most important data sets used by the VSNU are as follows:

  • education –1cHO file. DUO creates this file and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) processes it into cohort files; 
  • research – Key Figures for University Research (KUOZ). The VSNU creates this file based on a request for information sent to all universities. It contains key figures on research input, research output and doctoral candidates;
  • staff – WOPI. The VSNU creates this file based on a request for information sent to all universities. It contains basic data on the number of university employees;
  • financial – data from DUO and institutions. The funding letters from the Ministry of Education, Research and Culture to the institutions form the main source. We also use open data files from DUO; 
  • collaboration. 

 

A secondary objective included in the Sector Agreement is to improve collaboration among the various data suppliers. The OECD observed as far back as 2008 that the higher education data landscape in the Netherlands is fragmented. A large number of parties cooperate voluntarily, which works well in practice. In other countries, one agency or one public service is usually responsible for collecting/supplying data. 

 

Collaboration is by no means self-evident and the exchange of data is under pressure in view of the GDPR. To this end, new agreements will be made with all parties on the exchange of data.