NordForsk is investing NOK 14 million in a collaborative project between the Nordic statistics bureaus. The statistics bureaus are seeking to establish a Nordic model that will provide better access to metadata for research purposes, thereby expanding and facilitating Nordic register-based research. The initiative is called NordMAN – Nordic Microdata Access Network – and funded by NordForsk and the Nordic statistics bureaus. The project is a part of NordForsk’s Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare.
The collaborative effort was launched in autumn 2015, and will enable the individual Nordic statistics bureaus to coordinate the release of register data to researchers in the other Nordic countries while at the same time developing a joint framework for metadata. The test period also includes an evaluation phase in which the experiences with the Nordic cooperation model will be reviewed in order to identify advantages, and potential problems, at an early stage.
“In brief, the model consists of a joint application form, a data protection and security agreement between the researchers and the statistics bureaus, and an agreement between the statistics bureaus themselves to set the framework for secure data transfer,” explains project leader Claus-Göran Hjelm of Statistics Sweden.