SND has been appointed as a national node for RDA Europe and will thus become a key player in Sweden for RDA’s work to make it easier for researchers to share and re-use data.
One of the main objectives of RDA’s (Research Data Alliance) activities is for experts from various countries and research fields to come together to discuss and develop recommendations and best practices on a number of subject areas, such as persistent identifiers, data citing, and the certification of data repositories. By adopting the recommendations, researchers and academic institutions can make their data management more efficient, increase the level of FAIRness for their output, and subsequently contribute to strengthening open science on a global scale.
—SND looks forward to a long-term effort as a Swedish node for RDA. We will use the set-up grants we receive for getting started for various activities aimed at researchers. We hope that SND’s extensive network across the country will help us to reach many large research teams who currently work with Open Data, says Max Petzold, Director of SND.
SND’s RDA outreach work will begin as soon as possible. Among the planned activities are two large-scale national workshops for researchers and other professionals who manage research data. There will also be a couple of smaller workshops for specific stakeholders from research funding bodies and government ministries. The purpose is to spread recommendations and outputs from RDA’s work among Swedish researchers, and to recruit more members from the Swedish research community to RDA.
In addition to Sweden, Norway, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Lithuania also became RDA nodes in this call. More information about the new European nodes can be found on the RDA website.