Background: In 2006 the project Sweden ScienceNet (SSN) was initiated by six leading Swedish universities to improve the management of research information within the universities and on a national level.

Objectives: SSN’s overall objective is to lay the foundation for a national system and infrastructure for managing research information without putting extra workload on the researchers. For the partner universities the goal is to provide access to information on their scientists and ongoing research projects over the Internet, and also to develop capabilities to analyse the research information for strategic and benchmarking purposes.

Methods: The concept of SSN is to use existing information sources. Therefore, an extensive inventory was performed at each partner university and ten of the larger research funding agencies to identify and analyse initiatives, databases and information processes. A thorough requirement analysis was performed to map the needs and match them with the inventory.

Results: A prototype for a national system has been developed taking the inventory and needs into consideration. Through an iterative development process, the system, data and processes have been tested, evaluated and further developed to make the research information available over the Internet and provide the partners with tools for analysis and reports. The reports include analyses to identify thematic strengths, leading researchers and organisations, collaborations and networks, among others.

Conclusion SSN has triggered action at the universities to improve their management of research information and also initiated national discussions. A dialog between the universities has been initiated to establish information standards and transfer experience and know-how. An important outcome of SSN is the initiated process of increase collaboration between universities and financiers. This will serve to expand SSN to become a national forum for such collaboration and work towards an improved and more efficient process for grant application.

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Sweden ScienceNet (SSN)

Filippa Kull   Stockholm Science City

Background: In 2006 the project Sweden ScienceNet (SSN) was initiated by six leading Swedish universities to improve the management of research information within the universities and on a national level.

Objectives: SSN’s overall objective is to lay the foundation for a national system and infrastructure for managing research information without putting extra workload on the researchers. For the partner universities the goal is to provide access to information on their scientists and ongoing research projects over the Internet, and also to develop capabilities to analyse the research information for strategic and benchmarking purposes.

Methods: The concept of SSN is to use existing information sources. Therefore, an extensive inventory was performed at each partner university and ten of the larger research funding agencies to identify and analyse initiatives, databases and information processes. A thorough requirement analysis was performed to map the needs and match them with the inventory.

Results: A prototype for a national system has been developed taking the inventory and needs into consideration. Through an iterative development process, the system, data and processes have been tested, evaluated and further developed to make the research information available over the Internet and provide the partners with tools for analysis and reports. The reports include analyses to identify thematic strengths, leading researchers and organisations, collaborations and networks, among others.

Conclusion SSN has triggered action at the universities to improve their management of research information and also initiated national discussions. A dialog between the universities has been initiated to establish information standards and transfer experience and know-how. An important outcome of SSN is the initiated process of increase collaboration between universities and financiers. This will serve to expand SSN to become a national forum for such collaboration and work towards an improved and more efficient process for grant application.

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