According to Dykstra, ODISSEI – an NWO project – features a concentration of knowledge, experience and opportunities which is to boost social sciences considerably. She considers it an exciting form of cooperation. ‘Various organisations which own large and long-term data collections, such as CBS, are working together here. I think it is a nice change that they are working more and more in partnership.’ The new data platform joins forces from Dutch universities, universities of applied science, as well as NWO, CBS, DANS, various levels of government and businesses.
Dykstra warmly welcomes CBS’ participation. ‘CBS has unique opportunities which other researchers do not have. Through CBS, we are gaining access to great sample surveys and register data. Aside from that, CBS offers expert knowledge on data collecting, and this knowledge is at a very high level. Think of topics such as: how to conduct a sample survey? How to correct for missing information? Knowledge which we will be happy to use.’ Professor Dykstra looks upon CBS’ increasing collaboration with scientific organisations as a positive development. ‘It is appropriate that CBS says: our data can also be used in scientific research.’