Introducing Innovative Indicators to Track Sweden's Open Research Data Objective

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08 Mar 2023

Introducing Innovative Indicators to Track Sweden's Open Research Data Objective

Submitted by Guillaume Warnan

Meeting objectives: 

Sweden has set an ambitious objective to make all their research data open by 2026. In order to achieve this, there needs to be individual and institutional behavior changes and a framework to track these changes and progress. The Swedish National Data Service, together with Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet, Gothenburg University, and Elsevier have started initial discussions to identify the right indicators to track progress.

In this workshop we will present the early results from the pilot project, including a framework of indicators that can be used to track progress. The pilot indicator data have been extracted from open metadata sources as well as from Elsevier's publication indexing. We will also demonstrate how these indicators can be used to identify gaps and challenges in the current data sharing practices. In addition, practical insights arising from the project will be discussed, as well as opportunities and challenges that this effort presents. Participants will have the opportunity to join the discussion and share their own experiences with similar initiatives.

By means of sharing these insights, we hope to inspire others and stimulate a global dialogue on the topic and leverage existing efforts rather than reinventing the wheel. Results and conclusions will be distributed under the EOSC association umbrella.

We hope to to receive feedback from attendees/RDA Community on the proposed framework of indicators and learn about existing best practices.

Relevant references (Swedish context on Open Data)

As a next step, we want to further develop the framework presented during this session and populate it with data for further evaluation in national and international conferences and workshops.

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Collaborative session notes:


Introduction (10')

 - Why are we here?

- What have we done so far?

Frist draft of indicators and limitations (15')

Applied examples (15')

Open discussion (45')

Closing and next steps (5')

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Working meeting
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This workshop is a follow-up of a presentation done with SND and DANS (Dutch Data Archiving and Networked Services) at the 2022 IASSIST conference that offered an overview of the state of open data in Sweden and the Netherlands.

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Meeting presenters: 
Max Petzold and Merlijn de Smit
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