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.

Main content

Ethics Websites  

UiB has a number of pages with guidelines for employees, which focus on, among other things, link collection, research ethics use of the library, co-authorship, privacy and subject-specific guidelines. 

Ethics in Education provides basic info and courses in academic writing, source criticism, plagiarism checking, and more to suit those who are just starting to research at the graduate level. Highly recommend for those who just starting out with academic work. 

RRI stands for "Responsible Research and Innovation". This effort is led by the Centre for the Study of Sciences and the Humanities. Specifically, their BOA-team, who are helpful with discussing and creating concepts on how to best integrate RRI-guidelines into application projects.

SVT also offers tailored training philosophy of science and ethics for various faculties with the goal of improving candidates ability to reflect and show academic maturation for research and analysis.

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 privacy portal is responsible for data protection at an administrative level, in addition to information regarding project overview for RETTE (Risk of ONE Survival), which is the University's system for overview and control of projects and their personal information.

RETTE, or Risk After Research, is there to ensure a high quality of care for sensitive data, within both research and education. RETTE also ensures high quality standards for patient information and for projects related to learning analysis purpose.  

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. Here you will find a comprehensive video of how to follow the Norwegian Code of Conduct for information security in the health and career sector.

All information that one process and shares has different needs for security and shielding, based on the level of confidentiality involved. UiB classifies information into four distinct categories. Information must be stored following UiB's guidelines, so that necessary protection of UiB's information is ensured. Certain systems/services have special requirements attached to them. More information is available on the website listed.

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.

Researcher and students at UiB can make their scientific publications available online (Open Access) through UiB's research initiative Bergen Open Research Archive (BORA), or by openly publishing it. On this webpage you can find information on what open access is, why it is important, and how to best accomplish it.

Researchers from the University of Bergen can apply for funding to cover Article Processing Charges (APC) to publish Open Access. In addition to the various partnerships UiB has with publishers, regarding funding. It is not necessary to apply for funding to open access for articles that falls under these agreements. One can find more information and options on this webpage.


FAIR, or Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable, meet all the criteria listed under fair principles for sharing and quality assurance. Researchers are encouraged to make their data as open and available as possible, and as early in the project's process as possible. Following the FIAR-principles is also required by external funding agencies (i.e., The EU and the Norwegian Research Council).

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. It is also required by external funding agencies (i.e., the EU and the Norwegian Research Council).