Esther Plomp

Open Science / Research Data Management / Human Osteology / Isotope Archaeology

I'm an Open Science enthusiast and I would like to contribute to a more equitable way of knowledge generation and facilitate others in working more transparently. My research interests are osteology/bioarchaeology. I like to listen/read books and read articles (see Mastodon for a list of my articles read in 2023), dance, draw and game - when I'm not eating pie with friends/family.

Please get in touch about any ideas for collaboration, speaking opportunities, mentorship or to send me some cat pictures via the channels below:


Data Steward

Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology

As a Data Steward I’m responsible for research support at the Faculty, providing support for researchers on writing data management plans (DMPs), data storage and sharing solutions, managing personal and confidential data, and increasing awareness of open science practices. In the 2020/2021 academic year I have been coordinating the online programming workshops that are hosted at TU Delft thanks to the Carpentries. Next to that I'm involved in the organisation of other trainings with a focus on Open Science and Research Data Management. Together with the Research Support Team at TU Delft Library and the other Data Stewards at TU Delft I write blog posts ( and papers about the Data Stewards activities. I was responsible for the development of the Faculty’s policy on research data. I have also been involved in the Electronic Lab Note (ELN) pilot at the TU Delft that introduced RSpace annd eLABnext licenses at the university, as well as a pilot for BioRender.

2018 - Present

Open Research Ambassador


As an Open Research Ambassador I promote Open Science practises in the the isotope/bioarchaeology community. In 2021 I co-organised the IsoArcH event on Open Science.

2021 - Present

Open Research Calendar Team Member

Open Research Calendar

I'm one of the founding members of the Open Research Calendar, a community-powered shared calendar that enables interested users to keep track of open research events or promote their events through a Google calendar, Twitter and a newsletter.

2020 - Present

Project member of The Turing Way

The Turing Way

The Turing Way is a handbook to reproducible, ethical and collaborative data science, as well as a community that promotes these practices. My contributions are primarily found in the Guide to Reproducible Research and I'm one of the members of the planning committee for the Book Dash that takes place twice a year.

2020 - Present

Other Community Involvements

Mentor/Expert Open Life Science Programme - OLS 3-7 (2021 - Present)
Instructor The Carpentries (2019 - Present)
Subject Matter Expert Transform to Open Science - Open Data Module (2022)
Reviewer swissuniversities - (2022 - Present)


Publication and reports

Data Article: Plomp, E., 2021. Neodymium isotopes in modern human dental enamel: An exploratory dataset for human provenancing, Data in Brief, DOI:10.1016/j.dib.2021.107375

Event Report: Marwick, B., T. Turner, C. Mulligan, E. Ganley, A. Queffelec, K. Salesse, L. Fortunato, and E. Plomp, 2021. IsoArcH: Open Science in Archaeology event, Zenodo, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4783099

Article: Plomp, E., 2020. Going Digital: Persistent Identifiers for Research Samples, Resources and Instruments, Data Science Journal, 19(1), DOI:10.5334/dsj-2020-046

Article: Andrews Mancilla, H., M. Teperek, J. van Dijck, K. den Heijer, R. Eggermont, E. Plomp, Y. Turkyilmaz-van der Velden 2019. On a Quest for Cultural Change - Surveying Research Data Management Practices at Delft University of Technology. LIBER Quarterly, 29(1), 1–27, DOI:10.18352/lq.10287

Article: Plomp, E., N. Dintzner, M. Teperek, A. Dunning 2019. Cultural obstacles to research data management and sharing at TU Delft. UKSG Insights, 32(1), DOI:10.1629/uksg.484

Workshops and (co-)organised events

Workshop: Recognising supporting roles, Co-organiser (13-04-2023), DOI:10.5281/zenodo.7821114

Workshop: CODOBio Open Science Workshop, Co-organiser (13-01-2022)

Workshops: Good Practices for Collaboration (The Turing Way), Open Publishing Fest / Open Science FAIR Co-organiser (15-11-2021 & 21-09-2021)

Webinar series: RDA/ESIP Physical Samples Webinar Series, Co-organiser (30-06 – 07-10-2021)

Event: IsoArcH event on Open Science, Co-organiser (20-05-2021), DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4783099

Conference: Open Science Festival, Programme Committee Member (11-02-2021)


Plomp, E., Open Science Buffet, TNW Science Day (30-06-2022) DOI:10.5281/zenodo.6752865

Gould van Praag, C., B. Kennedy, A. Lautarescu, and E. Plomp, Open Research Calendar, Open Science Conference (17-02-2021) DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4576812

Plomp, E., Persistent identifiers for physical aspects of research, International FAIR Convergence Symposium 2020 (27-11-2021) DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4293408

Plomp, E., From FAIRytale to reality: Research Data Management put into practice, NWOlife 2019 (29-05-2019) DOI:10.5281/zenodo.2667392


Workshop lecture: Data Carpentry: Data Organization in Spreadsheets for Social Scientists (12-06-2023) DOI:10.5281/zenodo.80232037

Conference Presentation: Rewarding and recognising Team Infrastructure Roles, csv,conf,v7 (19-04-2023) DOI:10.5281/zenodo.7780819

Invited talk: Working towards an open, collaborative and reproducible data culture in archaeology (05-06-2023) DOI:10.5281/zenodo.7883070

Talk: Open Data, Open Life Science Programme 7 (17-05-2023) DOI:10.5281/zenodo.7938759

Invited talk: The Turing Way Community: your guide to reproducible research, ReproHack Hub launch (18-11-2021) DOI:10.5281/zenodo.5675926


  • R / GitHub (basic)
  • Microsoft Word/PowerPoint/Excel/Access & Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/Reader/Acrobat
  • Wordpress, Facebook, Twitter
  • Fluent: English, Dutch
  • Basic: French, Papiamento
  • Chairing, taking minutes
  • Interviewing
  • Editing, Scientific Writing
  • Policy writing
  • Planning and organsing
  • Result-oriented
  • Analytical
  • Innovative
  • Flexible


I write blog posts on my activities as a Data Steward on the OpenWorking Blog.


Making software FAIR? Open Working (16-12-2021)

Open Access

Publishing articles in 2021 (19-11-2020)

Research Assessment

Quality is key (01-09-2021)

How will we judge scientists in 2030? #wetenschapper2030 (27-05-2019)


Another year over! (31-12-2022)

A Data Steward journey (22-04-2022)

Gridding through 2021 (24-12-2021)

PhD in 4 - 5, 6, 7, Data Horror Stories, (27-10-2021)

The Open Archaeobotanist Guest Blog - Dr Esther Plomp, The Open Archaeobotanist, (30-04-2021)

A year in the life of a Data Steward, Open Working (04-02-2020)