NordForsk Policy Papers

Reports in NordForsk's publication series "Policy Paper"
Open Access to Research Data – Status, Issues and Outlook

Open Access to Research Data – Status, Issues and Outlook

This NordForsk policy paper presents the status of open access to research data in the Nordic countries, the EU and internationally. The report responds to the request by the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Education & Research (ÄK-U) within the Nordic Council of Ministers to NordForsk to produce an overview of current knowledge within the area of Open Access to research data and identify possible joint frameworks and the corresponding implications.

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Nordic eScience Action Plan 2.0 : eScience and eInfrastructure in an international context

Nordic eScience Action Plan 2.0 : eScience and eInfrastructure in an international context

The first version of the Nordic eScience Action Plan was presented in November 2008, comprising ten concrete actions along three different action lines for implementing an integrated Nordic strategy covering higher education in eScience, eScience research and eInfrastructure. Following the successful implementation of many actions in the first version of the Action Plan, MR-U under the Swedish presidency of the NordicCouncil of Ministers, at the end of 2012, appointed a project leader and an ad hoc expert group to produce an updated version of the Nordic eScience Action Plan, the Nordic eScience Action Plan 2.0.

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Cognitus: A Science Case for High Performance Computing in the Nordic Region

Cognitus: A Science Case for High Performance Computing in the Nordic Region

This report has been prepared for the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) Board to facilitate future decisions in the Nordic region in the area of high performance computing and related topics. An external expert, Dr. Robert Pennington, Deputy Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was engaged as a special advisor to NeIC for the project. He consulted with Nordic researchers, Nordic HPC systems staff, NeIC staff, as well as other researchers who have been engaged in similar activities in other countries.

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Joint Nordic Registers and Biobanks - A goldmine for health and welfare research

Joint Nordic Registers and Biobanks - A goldmine for health and welfare research

This report is based on the work of the NORIA-net on Registers and Biobanks (NRB), a Nordic working group of key actors involved in Nordic research and research policy at the national level. Nordic register-based research has the potential to attract international interest and to enable the Nordic research community to take the international lead in this field.

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Evaluation of two programmes using Nordic Centres of Excellence - The Programme on Food, Nutrition and Health and the Programme on Welfare Research

Evaluation of two programmes using Nordic Centres of Excellence - The Programme on Food, Nutrition and Health and the Programme on Welfare Research

The report contains final evaluations of NordForsk’s two joint Nordic research programmes started in 2007, namely Welfare Research and Food, Nutrition and Health. The evaluation of the two programmes covers the period from their start to their final activities in 2013. The overall purpose of the evaluation of the two NCoE programmes has been to analyse the added value achieved based on the original objectives of the programmes.

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Crossing Borders - Obstacles and incentives to researcher mobility

Crossing Borders - Obstacles and incentives to researcher mobility

This report consists of two studies, each providing extensive data on researcher mobility in the Nordic region and beyond. In each of the reports different aspects of researcher mobility is analyzed with the help of a wide range of data and varied methodological approaches. This makes the description rich in terms of perspectives on mobility and underlines the complexity of the issue. Together they provide a basis for understanding patterns and trends of researcher mobility across the Nordic region as well as different types of incentives and obstacles promoting and inhibiting such mobility.

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Comparing Research at Nordic Universities using Bibliometric Indicators - Second report, covering the years 2000-2012

Comparing Research at Nordic Universities using Bibliometric Indicators - Second report, covering the years 2000-2012

This report is replacing the previous report from 2011 covering the years 2000-2009, basically building on the same methodology but adding more information. In this Second report, publications from the social sciences and the humanities are included, and new time intervals are applied. Both reports use data from Thomson Reuters and a Nordic network for validating the data, developing the indicators and analysing the results.

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Societal Security in the Nordic Countries

Societal Security in the Nordic Countries

Research on societal security issues has developed separately in the Nordic countries. The recent emphasis at the political level on Nordic solidarity in the face of disasters, acts of violence and cyber attacks has created a clear demand for collaborative research across the region. NordForsk has supported a pre-study framing a programme on the subject

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Enhancing Nordic Research Infrastructure Cooperation

Enhancing Nordic Research Infrastructure Cooperation

The NORIA-net “Nordic Research Infrastructures Network” (NRIN) was launched in 2009 with the aim of strengthening Nordic cooperation on research infrastructure. NRIN’s work culminated in the report “Enhancing Nordic Research Infrastructure Cooperation”, which offers a number of recommendations.

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Evaluation of NORDSYNC and Nordic membership of the ESRF

Evaluation of NORDSYNC and Nordic membership of the ESRF

While preparing its report, NRIN (NORIA-net Research Infrastructures Network) commissioned an evaluation of Nordic participation in international research cooperation. A pilot project for this evaluation examined the NORDSYNC membership of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF).

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Adding value to Nordic research cooperation. Recommendations for a new initiative on distribution of health

Adding value to Nordic research cooperation. Recommendations for a new initiative on distribution of health

Distribution of health is one of the challenges facing the Nordic countries and Europe. Although health and life expectancy have improved in the Nordic countries, inequalities in the distribution of health persist. This report gives an overview of research activities, funding and funding systems of relevance to research on health and welfare-related issues in the Nordic countries 2005-2010. Based on these findings, the report also provides policy recommendations.

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Comparing Research at Nordic Universities using Bibliometric Indicators

Comparing Research at Nordic Universities using Bibliometric Indicators

- A publication from the NORIA-net "Bibliometric Indicators for the Nordic Universities".

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Enhancing the Effectiveness of Nordic Research Cooperation

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Nordic Research Cooperation

"Nordic participation in the EU Framework Programmes - Best practices and lessons learned". The Policy Briefs 1-3 2011 describe and analyse key aspects of Nordic research cooperation in a European context, both at the research policy and -strategy level. This report looks into Nordic researchers' participation in FP7 compared to FP6, the outcome of participation, as well as main challenges and success criteria for participation. By NIFU and Technopolis in cooperation with NordForsk (2011).

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Nordic contributions to the development of the ERA

Nordic contributions to the development of the ERA

The Policy Briefs 1-3 2011 describe and analyse key aspects of Nordic research cooperation in a European context, both at the research policy and -strategy level. This second report looks into the interactions between national, Nordic and European research policies, in light of Nordic priorities regarding internationalisation of research cooperation. By NIFU and Technopolis in cooperation with NordForsk (2011).

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Rethinking Nordic Added Value in Research

Rethinking Nordic Added Value in Research

"Nordic participation in the EU Framework Programmes - Best practices and lessons learned". The Policy Briefs 1-3 2011 describe and analyse key aspects of Nordic research cooperation in a European context, both at the research policy and -strategy level. This third report analyses the concept of "Nordic Added Value" in light of the development of the ERA. By NIFU and Technopolis in cooperation with NordForsk (2011).

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Nordic Climate Change Research

Nordic Climate Change Research

Policy Brief 8-2009. By Mandag Morgen for NordForsk (2009).

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Improving research capabilities

Improving research capabilities

An evaluation of the possibilities for increased Nordic cooperation on research infrastructures. By NIFU STEP for NordForsk (2008).

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Branding the Nordic Research and Innovation Area

Branding the Nordic Research and Innovation Area

Promoting the Nordic region as an attractive destination for global investments in research and innovation. By Interlace-Invent Aps for NordForsk (2008).

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Nordic Excellence

Nordic Excellence

A Bibliometric Exploration of Common Nordic Research Funding Opportunities. By Technopolis Group for NordForsk (2008).

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