The SND Consortium
As of January 2018, SND is run by a consortium consisting of seven universities: University of Gothenburg, Karolinska Institutet, Lund University, Stockholm University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University, and Uppsala University. University of Gothenburg is the host university of SND, which means that the consortium’s headquarters are located in Gothenburg.
The consortium make all decisions regarding SND in an annual meeting and with a steering committee. They are also responsible for the technical solutions for the data repository and the data discovery service. The meeting is SND's highest decision-making body and decides on matters such as the strategic plan for the five-year period, annual budgets, and any significant changes to SND's operations. The steering committee is responsible for drafting a strategic plan and annual budgets, and for establishing annual operational plans.
The consortium universities also contribute expertise in the form of domain specialists. The domain specialists are experts in various scientific fields or in areas of research data management. They function as a bridge between groups of researchers and the research community at large, on the one hand, and between the data repository and the local units for research data support (DAUs), on the other hand. At present, SND has domain expertise in the social sciences, humanities, public health and epidemiology, environmental data, sensitive data, spatial data (geodata and GIS data), materials science, life science, registry-based medical and other research, as well as interdisciplinary population-based research related to registries and biobanks.