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Tilda - Disseminating and archiving research data from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

It is the responsibility of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), as a public authority and university, to archive and readily provide its research data. Currently, many operations within SLU use their own solutions based on their specific needs to support areas of these processes. The Tilda project will create an overarching solution and aims to establish effective routines, services and systems for the electronic archiving and publication of SLU's research and EMA (Environmental Monitoring and Assessment) data.

Research data that has been funded by public finances is facing ever increasing requirements to be saved and made available publicly via Open Access (Swedish Research Council, Formas and the EU). SLU has many more tasks, including hosting data for environmental monitoring and assessment, which places requirements on the open availability of data.

What is Tilda? 

  • A common SLU solution for e-archiving and publishing SLU research and EMA data
  • Uniform and clear routines and methods for data management
  • Manual registration of metadata in a web interface
  • Link between metadata, publications and datasets
  • Communications interface with external systems and portals

Tilda will also in time provide the possibility for both manual and automatic metadata input, the chance to link metadata (data about data), the e-archive's published data amounts and academic publications from the SLU publication database, SLUpub.

Tilda project status

Why is SLU doing this? 

  • Financiers' require a data management plan
  • Meet the preservation requirements in our role as a public authority
  • Reuse publicly financed data
  • Make SLU's research and EMA visible
  • Benefits to researchers:
    • Complete infrastructure that can be referred to in searches
    • Metadata can be registered in one place
    • Provide data management right from the start and from a long-term perspective
    • Citable dataset with potential for high academic honors
    • Distribution and exposure
    • Reuse – and its synergies

Benefits of Tilda 

When financiers require a data publication plan to be included in searches, all the researcher will need to do is explain that the metadata and corresponding data set will be registered in Tilda – everything will be in one place. When a project is started, it can be registered in Tilda and updated over time when required. Once the project is complete, the data analysed and the article published, much of the work required for archiving the project will already have been done.

As a researcher, participating in the collection of large amounts of data is not always meritorious. Nowadays, only the total number of publications produced by the researcher are counted. If parts of direct government funding for research are assigned to data management, it may be difficult to regain these merits. Datasets in Tilda are possible to reference and cite, in that all published datasets are assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). This means that you as researcher also can use Tilda to publish supplementary data to articles when required by the journal (for example PLoSONE requires this). 

Data Curation Unit (DCU) 

The Vice-Chancellor at SLU has established a university-wide function to manage operational processes and support digital archiving and publication of research data, the Data Curation Unit (DCU). DCU, which operate as part of the University library, comprise a collected competence with representatives from the library, the Unit of Documentation and Legal Affairs, and the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMA) support.

Contact DCU

Coordinator at DCU

Hanna Lindroos, SLU University Library.

Staff at DCU

System owners for Tilda

Karin Grönvall, Library director, SLU University library. 

Miika Wallin, Head of the Vice-Chancellor's Office
018-67 22 88

Additional information and links

Legal Affairs and Documentation Unit

The SLU library

Information on open access from the Swedish Research Council  

Formas policy for open data

Proposal for national guidelines for open access to scientific information from the Swedish Research Council

EU Horizon 2020 guidelines for OA (page 8 onwards)

Published: 09 November 2018 - Page editor: