The RUT metadata tool is highlighted in the national strategy for life science
In December 2019, the government published a strategy for the life science area with the aim of promoting Sweden’s position as a life science nation in the long term.
In the strategy, the government sets out objectives in priority areas where change is viewed as decisive. One area that the government considers particularly important is the utilisation of health data for research and innovation. In this context, the Swedish Research Council’s metadata tool RUT (Register Utiliser Tool) is mentioned. The ability to obtain, through RUT, a machine-readable, quality-assured overview of what data is available and can be linked from different registers, helps to increase the degree of data interoperability. The life science strategy emphasises that interoperability is required in order for data to be used for research and innovation.
The Swedish Research Council has in turn published a comment on the strategy. It points to the need for more registers to join and for rate of joining to increase.