National competence network centre in register research and a Data Access Unit

1 February 2018

From 1 January 2018, Umeå University together with six other institutions of higher education form a consortium to lead a national research infrastructure, the Swedish National Data Service. Umeå University has now been appointed as a national competence network centre in registry research. Also, a Data Access Unit at the Umeå University Library is being established to provide local support in managing all kinds of research data.

Various research funding bodies and public authorities set demands for open access to scientific information, for instance publications and research data. The Swedish National Data Service is a national research infrastructure, which from 1 January 2018 is led by a consortium consisting of the University of Gothenburg, Lund University, Umeå University, Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet. The operations are funded mainly by the Swedish Research Council and by the member institutions of higher education in this consortium.

Locally at each institution, a Data Access Unit will be established as a local resource to support the researchers in managing research data. At each institution, a number of domain specialists will also be appointed to constitute national resources within a specific subject field. The specialists are competent in for instance open access, archiving, documenting, meta data standards and relevant legislation. Umeå University is a national competence network centre in registry research (personal data) and how to handle this data.

Vice-Chancellor Hans Adolfsson has now decided that the the University Library should be given coordination responsibilities to establish and administrate the University's Data Access Unit, and that the following individuals will be appointed domain specialists for the Umeå competence network centre:

Read more about the Swedish National Data Service

For more information on the Data Access Unit, please contact:

Mats Almqvist
The University Library

For more information on the competence centre, please contact:
Kristoffer Lindell
The Planning Office


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