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…is a Platform of eScience/data Research organizations in the Netherlands. The Platform unites the national efforts of escience and data research groups in order to strengthen the Netherlands national position in the escience and data research domain. It is established as a bottom up organization, that shares a common vision on escience as a new paradigm and data research as a new important direction in science and joins the forces to bring this forward. Sharing and exchanging experience and knowledge are at the heart of the Platform as are the activities in support of enhancing research and research methodologies across the science domain, from new insights in escience and its computational and data research insights.

…is an informal organization, based on shared goals and has an organizational structure composed of a of active members and annual plans with goals and action.

…welcomes all Dutch organizations that share the Terms of Reference, goals and action lines of the Platform.

… forms a platform for exchanging knowledge and expertise in the field;

…addresses communication about escience and the way it is showing results in all disciplines;

…represents the Netherlands escience scene externally and internationally in addition to the individual representations from the participating members where applicable;

…defines evaluation criteria for the quality of escience research;

…supports actions towards data stewardship and software sustainability;

…will take endeavors to stimulate quality and quality ranking of escience publishing means;

…smoothes the interaction between its members;

…will coordinate actions towards improved e-infrastructure provisioning;

…will improve the skills level of students and researchers in escience techniques and stimulate the upgrading of the status of escience technologists.

This list of goals is neither complete nor exclusive and forms a list of guidelines for actions to be taken. This list will be adapted annually to fit the needs and insights of the members of the Platform. The Platform will prepare an annual plan for actions to achieve its goals.