Open access to research data

Open access to research data means that data collected and/or created during the course of research shall be published with free access via internet. The Swedish Research Council is coordinating and promoting Sweden’s work on introducing open access to research data.

The purpose of open access to research data is to ensure that data that has been collected and/or created during the course of the research can be shared and reused.

Determining which data can be published with open access shall always be based on applicable legislation. If research data can be used and reused without conditions other than to specify the source, they are defined as open research data.

Open access to data is dependent on good data management

Good data management is a key component of open access to research data, and a cornerstone for FAIR. Using a Data Management Plan (DMP), researchers can describe how data are collected and/or created, how they will be handled during the course of the research, and how they will be taken care of afterwards. As from 2019, all those awarded grants by the Swedish Research Council will need to produce such a plan.

The Swedish Research Council has appointed a working group to coordinate the national work on data management plans, to support increased open access to research data.

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