How it works

Research data that are described and made accessible via SND become findable in SND’s national research data catalogue. As a tool for publishing data and metadata in the catalogue, SND have a web form for describing and uploading data. The form builds on international metadata standards, which make the information about the data material structured and searchable. Log in to SND’s website in order to use the form. A personal account will be automatically created for you the first time you log in. If you are employed in a Swedish university or higher learning institution, use your SWAMID account.Work process

There are two tracks for data descriptions and data that are uploaded through the data description form: they can come directly to the SND office or to a research support unit in the researcher’s university or institution. These units are called Data Access Units (DAU), and the system will know whether you come from a university with an active DAU. As more DAU units are established, the review, storage, and publication of research data will take place in the local units. If your institution doesn’t have an active DAU, the SND office will review the data description and contact you if we need more information. Uploaded research data are issued a DOI and become accessible in the research data catalogue by direct download or order.

The information from the form becomes visible in the catalogue as a catalogue entry. For now, entries can only be edited by SND staff, but we are in the process of developing a new system which will enable both researchers and DAU staff to manage and edit the data descriptions. The new system will be launched in early 2020.

At present, SND can only accept anonymous (de-identified) data, unless the research principal is the University of Gothenburg. As universities and research institutions establish DAU units and local storage solutions, this limitation will gradually not apply for their locally stored data.


Click on the headings on the right to read more about how to submit data and/or metadata, what happens after you submit data and/or metadata, and how data and metadata are made available. You can also read more about SND and the new operative model with local DAU here.