About our work of implementing open access to research data

The Swedish Research Council is coordinating and promoting Sweden’s work on introducing open access to research data. The aim is to complete the transition no later than 2026.

Statusrapport – summering av arbetet 2017–2019 och fortsatt arbete

Open access to research data is a complex area involving a large number of different actors, both nationally and internationally.

The Swedish Research Council's assignment is carried out in consultation with the National Library of Sweden, the Swedish National Archives, DIGG (Agency for Digital Government) and higher education institutions (HEIs), among others.

We published an interim report on the mandate in October 2021, which describes the initiatives we have completed to date, and the state of open access to research data in Sweden and in Europe.

The report is in Swedish, with a summery in English.

 


Please also read our status report from 2020. It describes the activities during the first three years of the assignment, and reports on the upcoming work in terms of focus areas and priorities.

Background to the assignment

Since 2017, the Swedish Research Council has had the task of coordinating the national work of introducing open access to research data. The task is based on a Government mandate to draw up national guidelines for open access to scientific information, which the Swedish Research Council was given in 2013. This resulted in the report "Proposal for national guidelines for open access to scientific information".

The Government followed up the proposals in the report in its 2016 research policy bill (2016/17:50), which assigned specific national coordination responsibility for open access to data (to the Swedish Research Council) and to publications (to the National Library of Sweden). One of the goals of the Government bill is for the transition to open access to research results, including scientific publications, artistic works and research data, to be fully implemented within ten years – that is to say by 2026.

Status in the work with data management plans

As from 2019, all those awarded grants by the Swedish Research Council will need to produce a data management 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. A common template for data management plans has been developed. It is a partially reworked version of Science Europe’s template “Core Requirements for Data Management Plans”.

Template for data management plans

Digital tool for data management plans

The Swedish Research Council has established access to a digital tool for data management plans, DMPonline.


The European Commission recommends open access to research data

The European Commission has issued a recommendation on access to research data and preservation of scientific information. The Swedish Research Council has the role of National Point of Reference (NPR) on Scientific Information. This means that we coordinate the measures stated in the recommendation nationally and report on the work done in Sweden to the European Commission – and vice versa.

EU Commission’s recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information (2018/790) External link.

Read more about what it means to be an NPR on the EU Commission’s website External link.

The Swedish Research Council's reference group for open access to research data and the European Open Science Cloud, EOSC

The reference group contributes to

  • a good overview of the landscape relating to open access to research data nationally and within the European Commission's investments and initiativeswith special focus on the EOSC
  • creating commitment, anchoring and disseminating knowledge about the Government assignment on open access to research data and European cooperation on these issues
  • facilitating the implementation of the FAIR principles to promote access to research data
  • an overview of the development, how the practical work with open access to research data is conducted, and other issues relating to the implementation of open access to research data that is relevant to organisations.

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Contact

For questions about our assignment and NPR

openscience@vr.se

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