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National coordination and implementation of the FAIR strategy

The work related to the national strategy for data management based on the FAIR principles has now begun.
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To support the implementation of the FAIR strategy, the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science has set up a steering committee with responsibility for national coordination. The steering committee’s terms of reference can be found here (please note the terms of reference are written in Danish).

The steering committee’s task is to follow and coordinate the implementation of the strategy nationally. The strategy contains several principles and proposals for initiatives which help to support the implementation of the FAIR principles.

Institution

Name 

Position

E-mail
The members of the reference group
Universities Denmark Torben Larsen Vice Dean for Digitization, AAU prodekan-tech-digital@aau.dk
Universities Denmark Kirsten Kyvik Head of Department, Clinical Department, SDU kkyvik@health.sdu.dk
Universities Denmark Susanne den Boer Beckers Senior Adviser research data management, KU susanne.denboer@adm.ku.dk
DeiC John Renner Chairman of the Board, DeiC renner@nbi.ku.dk
DeiC Anders Sparre Conrad Head of data management, DeiC anders.conrad@deic.dk
Independent Research Fund Ole Kirk Board member, DFF, Novozymes oki@novozymes.com
Innovation Fund Denmark Børge Lindberg Executive Vice President, Innovation Fund Denmark boerge.lindberg@innofond.dk
Danish National Research Foundation Morten Andreasen Senior Adviser ma@dg.dk
Novo Nordisk Foundation Lene Oddershede Senior Vice President, Novo Nordisk Foundation lod@novo.dk
Danish Agency for Education and Research Stine Jørgensen Deputy Director, UFS stj@ufm.dk

The steering committee has set up five working groups consisting of experts from private and public institutions, who will follow and support developments in the focus areas.

Working Groups: Tasks and members

Working Group A - Policies, tools and research support for FAIR data management

The working group has prepared an action plan that addresses initiatives that require special national coordination of the following of the strategy's focus areas:

  • To get professional groups across research institutions to define their own implementation of the FAIR principles.
  • To define criteria for the value of data in relation to reusability and long-term storage.
  • Within the subject areas to prepare recommendations of methods that ensure ongoing documentation of research data, as these are collected and generated, so that all necessary information is present when results are to be made available.
  • That collaboration is established across research institutions on the provision of a data stewardship research support function, where this is beneficial based on, for example, a resource consideration, e.g., for larger cross-cutting projects. Major national initiatives are coordinated by DeiC.

Name

Institution

Members of Working Group A
Katrine Flindt Holmstand (leader) Technical University of Denmark
Henrik Jensen Danish Health Data Authority
Jan Pries-Heje Roskilde University
Jens Grønbech Hansen Aarhus University
Jens Worm Begtrup Danish National Archives
Katrine Korsgaard Vendelboe Copenhagen University
Kirsten Krogh Kruuse The National Library of Denmark
Klaus Steenberg Larsen Copenhagen University
Lisbeth Nielsen VIVE – Danish Center for Social Welfare Research
Nikolaj Borg Burmeister Statistics Denmark
Rene Belsø DeiC – Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation
Sunje Johanna Pamp Technical University of Denmark
Thomas Midtgaard Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science

Working Group B - Establishment of FAIR infrastructure with national DM services

The working group has prepared an action plan that addresses initiatives that require special national coordination of the following of the strategy's focus areas:

  • To develop methods and infrastructure for long-term preservation of research data, adapted to research needs for diversity in object and file types, as well as scaling in relation to data volumes.
  • To prepare and disseminate institutional guidelines for the use of data licenses primarily based on international standards.
  • To expand the national service for data management plans with professionally adapted templates as well as adaptations that can make data management plans usable in connection with notification to the National Archives.
  • That recommended services and infrastructures are certified according to international standards to the extent necessary, and that governance and policies ensure proper administration of access to data, also after researchers have left the institution.

Name

Institution

Members of Working Group B
Michael Rasmussen (leader) Technical University of Denmark
Ali Araghi Danish Health Data Authority
Anders Raahauge Danish National Archives
Anders Sparre Conrad DeiC – Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation
Charlotte Reif Statistics Denmark
Claudio Pica University of Southern Denmark
Martin Bøgsted Aalborg University
Martin Sønderholm GEUS – The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Lea Mette Madsen Sommer Technical University of Denmark
Michael Svendsen The National Library of Denmark
Per Møldrup Dalum Aarhus University

Working Group C - FAIR financing plan

The Working Group has prepared an action plan that addresses initiatives that require special national coordination of the following of the strategy's focus areas:

  • That a list of FAIR data management-related expenses (software, storage space, man-years) is established. The list is divided into sections, corresponding to the phases of the research process. It is indicative, and can be used by foundations and universities, as a starting point for the preparation and assessment of project plans, data management plans and budgets.

In addition to the above focus area, the Working Group will also: 

  • Communicate a model for implementing FAIR, and create a common understanding of the costs associated with FAIR for the research funding foundations.

Name

Institution

Members of Working Group C
Børge Lindberg (leader) Innovation Foundation
Birger Larsen Aalborg University
Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard Aarhus University
Dorte Drongstrup Independent Research Fund Denmark
John Renner Hansen Copenhagen University, DeiC
Lise Arleth Copenhagen University
Morten Andreasen The Danish National Research Foundation
Thomas Midtgaard Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science
Ulrik Nicolaj de Lichtenberg Novo Nordisk Foundation

Working Group D - Plan for building FAIR competences and knowledge

The working group has prepared an action plan that addresses initiatives that require special national coordination of the following of the strategy's focus areas:

  • Development of relevant continuing education in FAIR, data management and data stewardship to be offered to researchers and data stewards at relevant professional levels.
  • That knowledge of data management and the FAIR principles is made available at relevant stages of the researchers’ education, for instance at the PhD schools.

Name

Institution

Members of Working Group D
Claus D. Hansen (leader) Aalborg University
Evgenios Vlachos University of Southern Denmark
Falco Hüser Copenhagen University
Haakon Lund Copenhagen University
Hannah Mihai DeiC – Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation
Karsten Kryger Hansen Aalborg University
Marieke Buss Copenhagen Business School
Niels Ploug Statistics Denmark
Sander Andreas Schwarz Roskilde University
Sarah Cecilie Kjærgård Pedersen Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science
Thorbjørn Nordahl Richter-Olesen Novo Nordisk

Working Group E - Plan for cooperation on security and GDPR

The working group has prepared an action plan that addresses initiatives that require special national coordination of the following of the strategy's focus areas:

  • That there is collaboration across institutions on security with regards to securing Danish research data against abuse and against unwanted sharing with third parties who do not themselves live up to the basic values of open data.
  • That the issues regarding GDPR rules are described with the aim of discussing how the sharing of research data across institutions and national borders becomes as smooth and agile as possible. The work may await the Agency for Danish Data Protection’s publication of new guidelines interpreting the GDPR rules within the research area.

Name

Institution

Members of Working Group E
Thomas Schlichting (leader) Copenhagen University
Allan Frank The Danish Data Protection Agency
Anne Sofie Fink Kjeldgaard DeiC – Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation
Christian Andreasen Statistics Denmark
Jesper Smedegaard Copenhagen Business School
Klaus Tranbjerg Toftgaard Danish National Archives
Lasse Tougaard Friis Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science
Peter Severin de Fønss Aarhus University
Sissel Kristensen Buch The State Serum Institute
Søren Nielsen Danish Health Data Authority
Thomas Arildsen Aalborg University
Revised
14 Jun 2022