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Responsible unit: Stockholm University Library

Contact: Wilhelm Widmark

(The document has been reviewed for topicality in 2022. The document and its associated rules are expected to be replaced with an Open Science policy during 2022.)

Research data policy

Research that is fully or partially funded by public means should be publicly accessible and managed in accordance with internationally accepted principles as far as possible with regard to legal, ethical and (where applicable) commercial aspects. Stockholm University supports the international FAIR Data Principles,[1] according to which research data should be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Making research data or information publicly accessible is valuable for validating research findings and allowing for the reuse of research to create new knowledge.

The University supports the development of sustainable research infrastructures and services for research data management at the local, national and international level and participates in national and international contexts where new incentives and structures for open science are promoted.

Stockholm University advocates making its research and research findings accessible through a research and study environment that facilitates, encourages and provides information on the practice of open science. Stockholm University should, based on applicable regulations, the EU’s data protection regulation (GDPR) and the requirements of research funding bodies, provide support to its researchers in managing and making research findings and research data accessible in accordance with good research practice. The University should provide an infrastructure in the form of services and resources that support and allow for the proper management, storage, accessibility and preservation of research data as an essential and natural part of the research process. The local infrastructure should develop continuously and comply with the regulations, the new data protection regulation and the formal guidelines advocated by the EU, the government, the Swedish Research Council, research funding bodies and other relevant actors.

Stockholm University seeks to ensure that exclusive ownership rights to publish and reuse research data are not transferred to commercial scientific publishers.


[1] FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable [Retrieved 2017-10-06]