What is the status of Open Access to research data in the Nordic countries?
Open access to research findings is becoming more widely available, and Open Access policies and strategies have been incorporated into national and cross-national decision-making processes. Many institutions, including the EU, have already implemented policies for Open Access to scientific publications, but discussions on access to research findings in data format have not progressed very far. To increase and exchange knowledge about the respective Nordic countries’ views on Open Access, NordForsk invited representatives of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the European Commission to a workshop on 14-15 August to discuss Open Access to research data.
The individual countries and the European Commission each reported on how Open Access is being promoted and regulated in their respective countries/areas. Finland has clearly come the furthest, with broad application of the concept of Open Science, which covers free access both to publications and to data in addition to software and methods.
Workshop participants were: Hanne-Louise Kirkegaard (Ministry of Higher Education and Science in Denmark), Sami Niinimäki (Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland), Jurki Hakapää (Academy of Finland), Ásdís Jónsdóttir (Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Iceland), Roar Skålin (Research Council of Norway), Anna Wetterbom (Swedish Research Council), Leif Laaksonen (Research Data Alliance Europe (RDA) Project coordinator, Finland), Tómas Jóhannesson (Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Nordic Centre of Excellence SVALI), Johanna Ekström (Nordic Biobanking and Molecular Resource Infrastructure (BBMRI Nordic)), Gudmund Høst (Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC)), Riita Mustonen (NordForsk), Anni Hellman (European Commission).
Sverker Holmgren (NordForsk) was responsible for organising the workshop.
Workshop presentations can be found via NordForsk's profile on Slideshare.
Text: Linn Hoff Jensen