Sikt – Norwegian Agency for Shared Services in Education and Research
Sikt – Norwegian Agency for Shared Services in Education and Research was established on 1 January 2022 through a merger between
- NSD (Norwegian Centre for Research Data AS),
- Uninett AS, and
- Unit – the Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education & Research.
The organisation is a public administrative body under the Ministry of Education and Research. Our mission is to help Education and Research achieve its goals by providing shared, value-adding services you can trust.
Sikt has approximately 400 employees across its head office in Trondheim and additional offices in Bergen and Oslo.
Goals for Sikt's work:
The Ministry of Education and Research defines the following goals:
- Education and Research has good access to infrastructure and shared services of high quality.
- Facilitate sharing of data within the knowledge sector to increase knowledge development, innovation and value creation.
- Good information security and data protection within the knowledge sector.
Social responsibility and roles
Sikt’s social responsibility
• Sikt shall help companies and users in Education and Research achieve their goals
• Sikt shall develop, administrate, and operate shared digital solutions and infrastructure
• Sikt shall contribute to the secure digitisation of Education and Research while facilitating innovation
Sharing data, knowledge and resources
In Norway we have a well established culture for sharing that can be kept and cultivated within a safe framework by technological progress, in close cooperation with key operators.
Safe datasharing between institutions saves resources and enusures the best possible services to all involved: pupils, students, researchers, teachers, and other emplyees.
Provider of shared services
- be a preferred provider and partner by delivering good, cost-efficient digital services.
- provide a complete and coherent digital foundation for Education and Research and shall contribute to cooperation across sectors and national borders.
- provide services that strengthen Education and Research in terms of information security, data protection, and data processing.
- provide information security and data protection services as part of the HK-dir (Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills) risk management plan for higher Education. These services are defined in a risk management plan that is approved annually by the ministry in accordance with the Ministry of Education and Research’s governing model for information security and privacy.
- identify and understand user needs, push for shared solutions, and contribute to the realisation of strategies and action plans.