Archive, register and protect information
On this page we collect useful links and documents about information management at the department, such as archiving, registration of records in the system Public 360, and data protection.
Research material - management and archiving
A large part of the material that emerges in a research project is considered as a general act and should therefore be handled and filed in accordance with current rules.
The following documents must be registered and/or filed:
- Administrative documents (eg applications, decisions, contracts, protocols, financial final reports), are kept permanently
- Primary records/raw data (eg measurement data, interviews), are kept for at least 10 years or permanently
- Publications (eg articles, reports, dissertations, books), are kept permanently
More information, quick guides and templates are available under the heading with the same name below.
Data management plan
July 1, 2018 SOL introduced new routines for managing and preserving research data. When receiveing funding for a new project, the project leader is responsible to:
- fill in a ”Data management plan SOL (version 2020-12-07)" and send it to the department administration for registering when applying for a new project code
- follow the instructions in the document "Management of digital research records and data at the beginning and in the end of a research project - brief guidelines" (pdf)
Why should we do this?
The new routines are introduced partly to ensure that collected information is handled securely so that it does not disappear or end up in the wrong hands. Partly to better share the information that can be disseminated to the public and the research community. This will enable more longitudinal and historical studies in the future.
SLU is currently working on a new system, Tilda, which aims to manage and preserve research data. Tilda will be unique of its kind. It provides the opportunity to publish raw data, analyzes and research materials, to make these available to others, which will probably be required by more and more financiers in the future. At the same time, Tilda makes it easier for us to comply with the legal requirements already imposed on archiving and handling research materials.
Disseminating and making research material available is an important democratic issue. Universities have an important role in providing quality assured information that can provide support for new studies, policy decisions and investigations.
The work on managing and preserving research data gives all researchers the opportunity to reflect on issues related to methodology, ethics and information security:
- Have you promised your informants that they should be anonymous? How do you ensure that information about the informants is not spread in ways that can harm them?
- How would your research project be affected by the fact that your computer's hard disk crashes or is exposed to an IT attack so it becomes unusable?
- How would you handle an article you wrote in 2011 being questioned and you need to report and verify raw data and analyzes that are behind your conclusions?
- Could you benefit from a database of raw data from, for example, interviews conducted twenty years ago or historical source material?
More information, quick guides & templates
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Practical instructions, quick guides and templates
- Quick guide: Management of research material (pdf)
- Checklist: Research data - what should be preserved? (pdf)
Data management plan
Storage of electronic research data
- Can I use Dropbox to share and store data in my project?
No, private accounts on external cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive, are not safe for storing research data since SLU cannot help you with any backups. Use Microsoft One Drive via your SLU account, Sharepoint or a locked folder on Server P or U. Please contact David Halim if you need help with Server P or Sharepoint.
After the project is over, the material must be converted to to an archive-resistant format and in some cases to an approved long term storage device. Please contact Marlén Tälleklint or the Archives, Information Governance and Records Unit for more information.
- What do we do when we collaborate with external parties and they suggest or require us to share data and work in a solution that is not on our list of approved tools?
Keep calm and resist. The forms of cooperation should be defined in the agreement with the external party. And the proposed new solution may have to be approved by them as well.
Deposit publications to the archive
Printed publications are submitted to the administration (Karen Gould Ekström).
Electronic publications are deposited directly in the current folder on the server P:\Till arkivet.
Educational material - management and archiving
A large part of the course material must be preserved for all future. At the end of the course, the administration sends a reminder to the course leader about archiving. Here are lists of course materials to be submitted for archiving:
PhD students' individual study plans and assessments (50% och 75%) will be registered and archived by the education administrator when the documents are submitted for reporting in Ladok.
For applications, contracts, decisions, protocols etc:
For educational documents and raw data from research:
Marlén Tälleklint, Education Administrator, send an e-mail to: email@example.com, +4618672671
For research publications:
Karen Gould Ekström, Departmental Assistant, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, +4618672688
Central functions at SLU
Data Protection, send an e-mail to: email@example.com