Center for Data Science
Ethics and Open Research

Resources for ethics, open science and more

CEDAS has compiled a list of online resources to aid students and colleges on how to navigate the various parts of research ethics, open access, open research, and everything else related the securing and handling of research data and personal information. This list is not a complete overview of all rules and regulations, but a good starting point.

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Ethics Websites  

UiB has a comprehensive page with information on research ethics, ethics in education, ethics and employees, and ethics and purchases. 

As part of the overall work of assuring the fundamental values of academic activities at the university, the Education Committee at the University of Bergen has, since 2007, focused on academic integrity. 

RRI stands for "Responsible Research and Innovation" and is a central component in many research projects. It should be assessed early in the process of designing a project if and how RRI pricniples can be best integrated and implemented throughout the lifetime of the project.

The training in Theory of Science and Ethics is an important and mandatory part of all PhD studies at the University of Bergen.

GDPR websites   

General Data Protection and Regulation, or GDPR abbreviated, is the European Commission's latest legislation regarding the collection, recording, organization, structuring, transfer and storage of personal data.

The Personal Data and Privacy Gateway provides information regarding the handling of personal data as well as a link to RETTE (System for Risk and compliance, for processing of personal data in research and student projects at UiB).

RETTE is a System for Risk and compliance, used for processing of personal data in research and student projects at UiB. All processing of personal data in research and student projects at UiB has to be registered. 

SAFE, or Secure Access to Research data and E-infrastructure, is a solution for secure processing of sensitive personal data in research, developed by the IT division here at UiB. SAFE offers a service where employees, students and external partners get access to dedicated resources for processing sensitive personal data.

All information you process and share has different needs for security and protection, depending on how valuable or confidential it is. At UiB, we classify information into four categories. Information must be stored in accordance with this guide, so that UiB can ensure the necessary protection of UiB's information. 

Open Access and Open Science websites 

Openness, transparency, and knowledge exchange are core values for the University of Bergen. Technological changes and increased digitalization have created new opportunities for research, education, innovation, and artistic research. UiB's policy for open science works to improve and coordinate services and develop competence that meets the ever evolving needs of advanced and developing technology. This way we have can meet future standards for open science.

Researchers and students affiliated to the University of Bergen can make their scientific publications available open access through the institutional online research archive, Bergen Open Research Archive (BORA), or by publishing open access. On this webpage, you can find information on what open access is, why it is important, and how to achieve it.

Researchers from the University of Bergen can apply for funding to cover Article Processing Charges (APC) to publish Open Access. In addition, UiB has Open Access publishing deals with several publishers. It is not necessary to apply for funding for articles that are covered by these deals. 

The goal of the University of Bergen is to make scholarly publications openly available. Scholarly articles are to be published open access or to be made available in open repositories. To achieve this goal and comply with funder requirements, while enabling researchers to publish in the journal of their choice, UiB has adopted a Rights Retention Policy from 1st December 2022.


FAIR stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR principles). Researchers are encouraged to make their data openly available as early as possible in the research process. Following the FAIR-principles is also required by external funding agencies (e.g., EU and the Research Council of Norway).

A data management plan, or DMP for short, is a formal document that outlines how data are to be collected and handled both during a research project, and after the project is completed. This site contains information on the what's and how's of making a good DMP. All research projects lead by researchers at UiB are required to have a data management plan. Often, external funding sources also require researchers to set up and maintain a DMP.