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Friday, February 22, 2008

Sweden supports open research data

The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) is funding 22 new databases of research data.  From Co-Action's English-language summary of the Swedish announcement (February 14, 2008):  

...A total of SEK 53 mil (ca $ 8.5 mil) will help build or improve databases in areas as varied as environmental ecology, linguistics, economics and health research.

DISC, the Database Infrastructure Committee of the Swedish Research Council, has a mandate not only to facilitate the creation of new databases and better coordination between already existing ones but also to optimize access to this national resource for Swedish as well as for international researchers.

“We continuously expand our aspirations and this year we have considered more research areas than previously,” says Magnus Stenbeck, chair of DISC. The entire list of databases to have won financial support in this round can be found here....

PS:  Co-Action tells me that the Research Council's goal is to make the data OA whenever that is consistent with the law and the privacy of individuals.