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Making it Open and Keeping it Safe: e-Enabled Data-Sharing in Sweden

Ann-Sofie Axelsson (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Teknik och samhälle) ; Ralph Schroeder
Acta Sociologica (0001-6993). Vol. 52 (2009), 2, p. 213-226.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

This article focuses on data-sharing – a central aspect of an ambitious e-Science programme recently embarked on in Sweden. Data-sharing has become a powerful and promising direction in e-Science in general, even though fraught with difficulties. Sweden has a unique position in relation to data-sharing: a worldunique set of social science and medical data collections, a well-established tradition of regulations concerning data protection, a widely used form of personal identification that allows integration of databases, and a population that generally trusts researchers and the Swedish state with personal data. The aim of this study was to find out how Swedish database owners/managers and database users – key actors in the Swedish e-Science enterprise – anticipate the way that databases will be built up, managed and used in the future, and how this will influence e-Science. For this purpose, these actors were interviewed and official documents on the topic were studied. It is concluded that openness and the integrity of personal data are particularly critical elements for the success of a range of future e-Science endeavours in Sweden and elsewhere.

Nyckelord: data-sharing; e-Infrastructure; e-Science; research ethics

Denna post skapades 2009-09-16. Senast ändrad 2016-08-15.
CPL Pubid: 98159


Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Teknik och samhälle (2005-2016)


Övrig informationsteknik

Chalmers infrastruktur