From 2018 to 2022 SND will undergo major changes in order to improve access to Swedish research data. The organisation will develop, grow, and expand its activities. This process is outlined in SND’s Strategic Plan.
As of 1 January 2018, SND is governed by a consortium consisting of seven universities. This new model for SND also encompasses the SND network with the consortium universities and 23 other higher education institutions and public research institutes. Each member of the network will establish a local unit or function for managing research data, a so-called Data Access Unit (DAU).
The purpose of SND and the network is to provide the Swedish research community with a coordinated and quality assured system for describing, depositing, disseminating, and finding data, nationally as well as internationally.
The Research Data Catalogue contains data from a large number of disciplines. As a researcher you describe data, the descriptions are checked by a staff in SND or in the local DAU, before the data are stored and the description incorporated into the catalogue. You can also search for data that are accessible by direct download or order. The catalogue furthermore contains data descriptions collected from other data catalogues and disseminates descriptions to international databases for research materials in order to make it easier to find useful data, and to provide Swedish research with good exposure internationally.
SND is a centre for knowledge and competence in research data management, documentation, and accessibility. Expertise from various research domains in the consortium universities, and knowledge and experience from SND’s many national and international collaborations, on different levels, are shared with the national DAU network. By activities such as courses, workshops, and common information campaigns, we strive for good quality and a high level of knowledge in the national work with accessible and well-documented research data that meet the FAIR principles.