To support the researchers and meet the increased demands in open science and access to research results and research data, Stockholm University is working on building and further developing a university-wide coordinated infrastructure for this research support. An interdisciplinary working group provides support and services for research data management.

The research data project

During the autumn of 2016, a working group was established to formulate and submit recommendations for how research data can be maintained, made accessible and stored over the long and short term. Representatives from University administration (archives, the library, research support, IT, the Department of Strategic Planning) and researcher representatives from subjects within the humanities and natural sciences were included in the project, with The University Library acting as coordinator. The purpose of this project was to identify the needs regarding research support services, the administrative resources involved, and to elevate the level of preparedness in anticipation of coming directives and guidelines concerning open access to research data. Read about the research data project (In Swedish)

The Coordination Task for the Management of Research Data

The purpose of the rector's assignment was to coordinate skills, expertise and resources within the Department of Archives and Registry, the Division for Research Support, the IT Department and the University Library in order to collectively develop research support services for the management of research data. The University Library was tasked with the responsibility of leading and coordinating the joint administrative work for initiating, developing and implementing services and support for managing, storing, making accessible and preserving research data in conjunction with relevant sections within the administration and core services.

Hantering av forskningsdata vid Stockholms universitet Samordningsuppdrag 2017-2018. (849 Kb) (PDF in Swedish)

The Reference Group for Research Data

The purpose of the researcher reference group is to create better conditions for working in a user-oriented manner (from the needs of researchers) rather than administrative-oriented (albeit with consideration of guidelines). By having direct dialogues with researchers from different disciplines, we can regularly touch base on the development of activities for research data, disseminate information and receive suggestions, requirements and requests for support and services based on diverse researcher requirements and expectations. The reference group further allows us the opportunity to maintain a focus on users, participation, transparency and work more efficiently by communicating directly with core services more quickly and easily concerning specific, relevant questions pertaining to research data.

Reference Group Members

Anders Moberg Associate Professor, Dept. of Physical Geography

Camilla Bardel, Professor, Dept. of Language Education

Ilona Koupil, Professor, Dept. of Public Health Science

Lars Arvestad, Lecturer, Dept. of Mathematics

Michael Gähler, Associate professor, Dept. of Swedish Institute for Social Research

Patrik Andersson, MRI Physicist, Dept. of Linguistics

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Swedish national data service

Stockholm University is one of the universities included in The Swedish National Data Service (SND) consortium. SND's main task is to support the availability, conservation and reuse of research data and related materials. The universities running SND also assist with specialist skills within a domain they have chosen. Stockholm University is responsible for the domain geographic data. The DoSp-function at Stockholm University is a collaboration between the Department of Human Geography and the Department of Physical Geography. To get in touch with those working in the Geographical Data DoSp-function, send an e-mail to