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International engagement

Sikt is involved in a great variety of international projects and organizations.

 

NORDUnet is the Nordic NREN, owned by the Nordic countries. Sikt manages Norway’s engagement and is represented in the NORDUnet board. NORDUnet connects the Nordic NRENs to the GÉANT network and facilitates Nordic collaboration within fields of common interest.

GÉANT is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). NORDUnet represents the Nordic countries in the GÉANT bodies. Sikt provides a set of GÉANT services to Norwegian research and higher education. Sikt is also active in the GÉANT community and an active participant in the GÉANT project under Horizon Europe.

EUNIS (European University Information Systems) helps their member institutions develop their IT landscape by sharing experiences and working together. Sikt is an active participant within student mobility, information security, learning and teaching, a.o.

The EMREX network interconnects higher education institutions across Europe. EMREX empower individuals to control their own student data and exchange throughout lifespan, across borders for various purposes. Sikt is part of EMREX with the Common Student System (Felles studentsystem, FS), and has been part of the development project for EMREX.

Erasmus Without Paper (EWP) is a set of standards and procedures to support the digitalization of student mobility. EWP is creating a public infrastructure that facilitates a digital administrative workflow. Sikt is an active participant in EWP.

EDSSI (European Digital Student Service Infrastructure) is a developing infrastructure meant to make it possible for education institutions and service providers to exchange student data from Erasmus+ in a safe and reliable way, thus making secure digital tools for student mobility available. Sikt is a partner in the project.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an international standard for identifying researchers and research contributors. It provides researchers with a unique, persistent digital identifier, to connect their research to them independently of institutional affiliation. Sikt is a member, and Cristin (Current Research Information System in Norway) is connected to ORCID.

OpenAIRE is the result of a series of European projects within Open Science. Open AIRE promotes open science through standards, information, development projects and services. OpenAIRE has a network of National Open Access Desks (NOADs), Sikt is the Norwegian NOAD.

euroCRIS promotes cooperation within and shares knowledge among the research information community and promotes interoperability of research information. Sikt is a member.

DataCite is a leading global non-profit organization that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data and other research outputs. Sikt is a member and offers DOIs from DataCite as a service.

CESSDA (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives) is a full-scale sustainable research infrastructure enabling the research community to conduct high-quality research in the social sciences. Sikt is National service provider to CESSDA.

CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure) is a European research infrastructure providing digital language resources for research and education, especially within social sciences. Sikt is a CLARIN Knowledge Centre, providing expertise on data handling and protection to researchers in the European network.

Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard to document metadata, and make them reusable. Sikt uses the standard for survey data.

European Social Survey (ESS) is a large European survey, mapping the values and attitudes of Europeans every second year. ESS has collected comparable data from over 30 European countries since 2002. Sikt is responsible for the ESS data archive, the ESS web page, and is part of the ESS Core Scientific Team responsible for carrying out the surveys.

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) is a data archive and consortium consisting of more than 780 research institutions and organizations. Sikt is a member.

IFDO (International Federation of Data Organisations for the Social Sciences) supports and facilitates research through collaboration across countries, regions and continents. Sikt is a member of IFDO.

International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) conducts surveys in up to 45 countries, providing researchers with the opportunity to study the individual countries from a global perspective. Sikt conducts the surveys in Norway.

SSHOC (Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud) is an EU project that brings together new and existing infrastructures related to the social sciences and humanities and aims to integrate them into the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud). Sikt contributes to the project by developing a common standard for putting data protection legislation into practice: a European "GDPR Code of Conduct" for the social sciences and humanities. Sikt also uses ESS data in a pilot project to demonstrate how data and metadata from an international, continuous survey can be adapted for the open cloud service and meet the FAIR objectives.

The EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) will offer a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data. Both Sikt and our daughter company Sigma2 are engaged in the EOSC. Read more at Sigma2.

RDA (Research Data Alliance) is an open, international network for sharing research data and open science across technologies, disciplines and borders. Sikt is part of the Norwegian node together with four universities.

NeIC (Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration) facilitates development and operation of high-quality e-infrastructure solutions in areas of joint Nordic interest. NeIC is a distributed organization comprised of technical experts from high performance computing centers within the Nordic countries. Sikts subsidiary, Sigma2 is a part of this distributed organization. Read more at Sigma2.

PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) research infrastructure is the top level (Tier-0) of the European HPC (High Performance Computing) ecosystem, providing computing and data management resources and services. Sikts subsidiary, Sigma2, is the Norwegian partner in this collaboration. Read more at Sigma2.

The aim of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is to deploy a world-class exascale-level supercomputing infrastructure in Europe. Norway was one of the founding members, and Sikts subsidiary, Sigma2, is a partner. Read more at Sigma2