NITA:s verksamhet omfattar flera olika sektorer i samhället: forskare, offentlig sektor, näringsliv och vardagsliv. NITA ska bistå med att det skapas och organiseras medvetna IT-baserade tjänster/lösningar. Det sker bl a genom att:

  • vara aktiv i utvecklingsprojekt
  • distribuera forskningsresultat så att de blir meningsfulla för såväl forskare som omvärld
  • arrangera seminarier och föreläsningar
  • ta initiativ till forskningsprojekt och vara en aktiv part i dess utförande
  • vara pådrivande avseende IT-användning (genom bl a ett aktivt webbforum)
  • följa ICT-utvecklingen såväl inom Sverige som internationellt


NITAs styrelse består sedan 2008-02-12 av ordförande samt sju ledamöter:

  • Pär Ågerfalk, ordförande, professor vid Institutionen för Informatik och Media, Uppsala Universitet.
  • Bengt Sandblad, professor vid Institutionen för Informationsteknologi, Uppsala Universitet.
  • Lars Engwall, professor vid Företagsekonomiska Institutionen, Uppsala Universitet.
  • Annika Bränström, ordförande E-delegationen, generaldirektör Bolagsverket.
  • Inger Gran, VD Dataföreningen.
  • Erik Skog, partner Sahlgren & Skog AB, styrelseordförande Ung Företagsamhet.
  • Mareike Glöss, doktorandrepresentant Uppsala Universitet.
  • Johan Andersson, studentrepresentant Uppsala Universitet.



Föreståndare Håkan Ozan
Informationsansvarig Daniel Lövgren
Ordförande Pär Ågerfalk
018 – 471 10 64


NITA Institutionen för Informatik och MediaBox 513751 20 UppsalaBesöksadress: Ekonomikum Kyrkogårdsgatan 10 (hitta hit)


In English

Director Håkan Ozan
+46 708 858585
Director of Communication Daniel Lövgren


The Swedish IT-User Centre (NITA) works for increased awareness regarding IT-use in society.

NITA promotes the development and use of information and communication technologies (IT) by bridging gaps within and between the research community, industry, and the public sector. Thereby we hope to improve access to useful and usable IT and IT-based services for large groups of professional and home-based users.

The objectives are to:

  • Create access to high-quality information with strong focus to the user, to uses and the design process.
  • Disseminate research findings in a format practical to researchers and developers.
  • Further common interests, new research and the articulation of problems.
  • Stimulate dialogue and exchanges within the network.
  • Support a progressive IT-development and a more conscious demand for usefulness and usability among the users.

The objectives are achieved by, among other initiatives, interdisciplinary seminars with representatives of the research community, industry and public sector; establishing contacts, building networks, and taking initiative to set up research projects.

Even though, we who are at NITA are researchers, the centre is not performing any research of its own. We are located in a research environment at a major university. The centre also monitors international developments in this area.

Activities and Services

Seminars and other activities will be announced on the Swedish website.


The motives to establish NITA are the intensive development of IT’s of the last few years. Technical developments do not always cater to the needs of the users, and later developments have, in a number of ways, pointed to the need for a more user-oriented IT development. Knowledge and understanding of the users is a growing political issue, and a definitive advantage in competition on the IT-market.

Through NITA an opportunity is offered to jointly deal with the problems of IT-use, to further our common knowledge to develop IT’s and IT-based services that users perceive to be useful and useable. In other words, to solve the problems, wishes and needs that users have in their everyday lives or professions.

More specifically, NITA targets those belonging to:

  • Research community: and that experience the need for more and higher quality contacts with researchers from other groups or disciplines, with common interests in IT-use and that are looking for a common venue to meet, discuss, develop and introduce research on IT-use.
    Research on use and users of IT’s are taking place in almost any conceivable discipline, whether it is the social sciences, humanities, medicine, technology, or sciences. More exchanges are necessary between these groups for research on IT-use to become cumulative and efficient.
  • Industry/business sector: and that wants access to the latest research, an improved knowledge on the conditions and contexts of IT-use, or is looking for partners with which to discuss, manage problems, and find solutions.
    Issues of IT-use are of growing concern to telecom operators, content providers and producers of IT-devices. To be able to offer relevant and useable technology and services it is necessary to understand the needs and problems of the users.
  • Public Sector; and that wishes to develop their knowledge as purchaser of IT and IT-based services, or to take part in discussing the conditions and problems of IT-uses.
    These issues are of relevance as such technologies and services are used in work or are to be offered the general public.

Only by showing respect for knowledge developed elsewhere and from sympathizing with groups with a tradition of formulating problems and conducting research and development that is different fro our own, is it possible to escape the pitfalls that prevents us from developing the technologies, services, and society that is desirable.