Swedish National Data Service
How did you become involved in the world of data?:
My involvement in the world of data came very gradually during the late seventies. In 1984 I got my first academic position as assistant professor at the Danish Data Archive (then part of the University of Odense, Denmark). That was a major milestone in a process which you might say still is ongoing.
What do you value most about your membership in IASSIST?:
IASSIST is a very important framework for keeping in touch with colleges and the IASSIST conferences are central to gathering information on what goes on in our profession.
What was your favorite IASSIST conference?:
That is actually a hard one. We have been so many different places over the years. I enjoyed Washington 1988 very much, but also San Francisco 1994. Really – the last one I attended was Tampere 2009 and there we agreed it was “the best conference ever.”
What is your favorite data set?:
Well, it has to be the Danish Census 1801. That is without comparison the dataset I spent the most time playing around with. But in general data are fun. Unfortunately I don’t have so much time to indulge in data analysis.
What are some things you are working on currently?:
Presently I am involved in the process of creating a CESSDA ERIC, and there is a deadline approaching for submission of a couple of applications that the Swedish National Data service is involved in. Also at SND we have a couple of new positions to fill, budget decisions are immanent etc.
When not working with data I…:
… am probably working with people or something else. I do take vacations though. Going to Denmark or traveling to somewhere else in Europe.