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Wilhelm Widmark appointed as the President's Senior Advisor for Open Science

“The most important thing is to meet the needs of researchers”, says Wilhelm Widmark, Library Director at Stockholm University Library, who has been appointed Senior Advisor to the President with operational responsibility for Open Science at the university.

“Working for open access to science in different ways is something I have worked with a lot over the years, so the appointment feels very good. I am happy to receive the assignment”, says Library Director Wilhelm Widmark in an article in Staff News.
For Stockholm University, the appointment means another investment in support of open science.
“Open science is an umbrella term that covers everything from open teaching resources to open methodology and citizen science. The most important thing for Stockholm University is two parts: Open access to scientific articles and open access to research data. This is what we prioritize in the work”.

According to Wilhelm, open science has also been pursued at other Swedish universities, but Stockholm University has been a pioneer.
“Our strength is that we have long been working on issues of digitization; Stockholm University has already come a long way in this work, and the appointment is further evidence that the university really wants to invest in this. The larger higher education institutions in the country also have senior advisors for different areas, but Stockholm University is the only one to have an advisor for open science”.
“We have come a long way when it comes to open access to scientific articles; close to 80 percent of all articles published by our researchers are openly available. Now it is important to ensure that we reach the last 20 percent”.
As regards the second point – open access to research data – the library, together with IT Services, has recently created a central platform for storing and sharing research data.

Read the whole article in Staff News