Based on the work carried out by the European Union (EU) and the Commission's recommendations to Member States, the Swedish Government has commissioned the Swedish Research Council to develop national guidelines for open access to scientific information.
In 2014, the Swedish Research Council produced a proposal for guidelines for both scientific publications/artistic works and research data. The proposal, which also contains recommendations on what needs to be further investigated, was submitted to the Government 15 January 2015.
The guidelines are produced in collaboration with the Swedish National Library and other relevant actors. The Swedish Research Council has received comments on the proposal at dialogue and informational meetings with various stakeholders and in fall 2014 a draft was published at an online forum at vr.se with the possibility to comment. The large number of comments that were put forward in the forum indicated a strong commitment to the issue and many of the views expressed were utilized in the final document.
Lisbeth Söderqvist (Publications), tel: +46 (0) 8 546 44 211, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Wetterbom (Research Data), tel: +46 (0) 8 546 44 153, e-mail: email@example.com
The EU Commission has previously taken a stance in favour of free accessibility to research findings and research data, i.e.: open access (see links to the right). This standpoint was further developed and defined in 2012 in a declaration/memo and recommendations from the Commission.
In the declaration/memo, the Commission describes the principles for open access leading up to Horizon 2020. The recommendations urge Member States to develop national guidelines based on these principles.
The general recommendations are to:
Every Member State will designate a National Point of Reference (NPR). The main function of a country's NRP is to coordinate national efforts in implementing the EU Commission's recommendations on open access, as well as to serve as the Commission's national contact person.
Sweden's NPR is Sofie Björling, Director of Department of Research Infrastructures, Swedish Research Council, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the overriding principles of Horizon 2020, the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation in 2014-2020, is free access to research publications.
A pilot project for open access to research data in selected subject areas has already been launched through Horizon 2020.
"Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham