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Friday, November 09, 2007

Plan for a Swedish National Data Service

Improved access to research results in Sweden, Co-Action Publishing, November 7, 2007.  Excerpt:

The Swedish Research council has announced (in Swedish) that Gothenburg University will host a new infrastructure for research in the social sciences, epidemiology and the humanities: Swedish National Data Service (SND). The research Council has already set up a Database Infrastructure Committee (DISC) and SND should be seen as an effort to further strengthen efforts to facilitate access to and use of research results. Below is a translation of the Swedish text.

- On November 5th an Agreement was reached between the Research Council and Gothenburg University with the aim of improving access to research data in Sweden....

Within five to ten years SND will have complete information about Swedish databases within the social sciences, epidemiology and the humanities, in addition to a comprehensive view of corresponding databases in other countries....

The Agreement between Gothenburg University and the Research Council runs for five years and may be prolonged after evaluation. The Research Council is contributing funds from 2008-2012 with a total of 30 million SEK [USD 4500 mil]. Including the contribution from Gothenburg University, SND will have a budget of at least 12 million SEK in 2012.

SND’s deliverables are for instance

  • Archiving, quality assurance and documentation of research databases
  • Making databases accessible for research
  • Guidance and information for researchers
  • Participation in international networks for data archives
  • Cooperation to develop and build databases