Improved access to research results in Sweden

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. Gothenburg University will host the Swedish National Data Service, SND, an important infrastructure for research in the social sciences, epidemiology and the humanities.

By supporting SND, the Research Council wants primarily to make it easier for researchers to use data, Director General of the Research Council Pär Omling says. The fact that it also means better use of common resources makes it even better. I’m very satisfied with the Agreement with Gothenburg University and look forward to following developments in SND.

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.

- By contributing quick, cheap and safe access to research data in Sweden and abroad, SND will become a strategic important resource which we welcome at Gothenburg University, states Chancellor Pam Fredman.

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