Want to improve your Data Management Plan? Turn to DMP review service

Academy of Finland September 2019 call  is open 3.9.-25.9.2019. Data Support´s Data Management Plan review service is available for University of Helsinki researchers who wish their DMP to be checked and commented.

Please, email your DMP at the latest 15 September to datasupport@helsinki.fi. The sooner the better. Plans are handled in arrival order.

NB! Helsinki Data Support arranges Data Management Plan workshops during the August and September. See the full schedule of your campus here.

More information on DMP and RDM:

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Artificial Intelligence Workshop! Speed up your literature discovery & review with Iris.ai 25.-26.04.2019

Workshop – Speed up your literature discovery & review with Iris.ai 25.-26.04.2019

Do you need help in your research or thesis writing process? Are you challenged with the overwhelming volume of published scientific research? Join the workshop at your campus and get started with Iris.ai – your science assistant.

The Iris.ai team will guide you how to semi-automate the discovery and literature review parts of your research process. In this workshop you’ll learn to create your first exploration maps, refine the results, and compile a reading list with the help of the artificial intelligence assistant.

Who is it for?

The event is open and free for all University of Helsinki students, researchers and staff members. During the 2-hour workshop you will see a demo of how to get started with your Iris.ai Premium account and put the tools to the test. This is also a great opportunity to ask questions and receive invaluable support from Iris.ai team.

When and where?

Iris.ai and Helsinki University Library host free workshop sessions at each campus. See the schedule below:

On Thursday, April 25th 2019

10:00-12:00 Viikki Campus: Infokeskus Korona, lecture hall 171

13:00-15:00 Kumpula Campus: Kumpula Exactum, CK107

On Friday, April 26th 2019

10:00-12:00 Meilahti Campus: Terkko Health Hub, Auditorium

13:00-15:00 City Center Campus: Main Library Kaisa-talo, Kaisa-sali

Spaces are limited so claim your free ticket soon! Bring your own device!

Register to the workshops on Eventbrite.


The FinELib negotiations aim to make research available at affordable prices

Today, researchers, teachers and students at Finnish universities lose access to hundreds of scientific publications as the negotiations between the national FinELib library consortium and scientific publisher Taylor & Francis ended without result. Negotiations with another major international publisher, Wiley, are still ongoing, and access to Wiley journals has been extended until 18 February 2019.

Arja Tuuliniemi, who is in charge of FinELib services, considers the result of the Taylor & Francis negotiations unfortunate. However, the door is open for further negotiations.

“We are ready to continue the negotiations, provided that the publisher sets more reasonable demand”, says Tuuliniemi in the FinELib news release.

Extensive support for FinELib goals

The reason for the difficulties in the negotiations is money. So far, Taylor & Francis has not been willing to compromise on its profitable business model for the benefit of FinELib’s negotiating goals.

FinELib’s goal is an agreement that covers, without any additional charge, authors’ fees (article processing charges, APCs) for open access publishing – in brief: the subscription fees of scholarly journals should cover the APCs. This goal is aimed at curbing ever-increasing costs, and it also aims to transform an unsustainable system into one that is more beneficial to the scientific community.

Similar negotiations are taking place in different countries, and FinELib’s negotiating goals are also in line with the aims of the European Union and the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. Universities Finland (UNIFI), which represents all 15 Finnish universities in Finland, also supports the FinELib.

“UNIFI considers the continuation of the current subscription agreements to scholarly journals as unsustainable, and is therefore committed to achieve the goal of making publicly funded research openly available through a constructive dialogue with the publishers. The university rectors will participate actively in formulating and executing the negotiation strategy. UNIFI will not recommend the renewal of agreements that fail to meet the aforementioned principles”, states the UNIFI news release of 19 September 2018 (pdf link).

The University of Helsinki also supports the negotiation goals.

“At the University of Helsinki, open science is one of the strategic priorities, and therefore the university fully supports FinELib’s negotiation goals. The offers made by both publishers have so far been unacceptable from the point of view of costs as well as openness”, says Paula Eerola, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki, responsible for research and research infrastructures.

Eerola understands the concerns of researchers when access to journals is blocked, but she is convinced that “it is time to shift scientific publishing into a new position”.

“Since the reputation of a scientific journal does not increase or decrease rapidly, it is important to focus the pressure of openness especially on reputable journals and their publishers. The need for this change is recognised globally”, says Eerola.

The library helps researchers, teachers and students

There is, of course, another side to the negotiations: researchers’, teachers’ and students’ access to most of Taylor & Francis’s journals is now blocked – some of the T&F journals are still accessible through old agreements. The Helsinki University Library (HULib) has been preparing for the no deal situation for some time.

“Implementing openness at a reasonable cost serves the interests of the entire academic community. During the transition period, the library wants to help researchers and students to gain access to both new and older scientific articles. We will also report on the progress of the negotiations and develop our guidelines on how to get access to articles”, says Kimmo Tuominen, University Librarian of the Helsinki University Library.

On the HULib website, there is an Alternative Access webpage, which offers tips on how to get access to Taylor & Francis articles that are not available through the Helka service. Alternative Access also provides up to date information on the negotiations. The library will continue to explore various ways to make the necessary articles available.

“In the near future, we will also start using the Get It Now article delivery service (by Copyright Clearance Center), and we hope it will help ease the discovery of articles. We are happy to answer questions from researchers, teachers and students by email, face to face as well as via chat”, says Tuominen.

The easiest way to get in touch with the library is by sending an email to: e-library@helsinki.fi.

Augustine, Virgil and The Apostolic Fathers – Guides to digitized manuscripts

MANUSCRIPT EVIDENCE is the series of guides collected by the chief information specialist of the library, Matti Myllykoski. Digital manuscripts, sources, databases and links have been collected from the various web sources. Now published guide MANUSCRIPT EVIDENCE: The Apostolic Fathers supplements the series of digitized manuscript guides.

The Apostolic Fathers Guide gathers links for example to digitized early Christian manuscripts and it covers the time period which precedes the book printing, up to early renaissance.

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MANUSCRIPT EVIDENCE -series includes now following guides:

MANUSCRIPT EVIDENCE series can benefit anyone interested in digital humanities and studying different text editions.

Welcome to browse our all subject guides!

University of Helsinki research portal presents the results of research

Everybody can browse the information about the publications and research activities of the University of Helsinki researchers in a public portal. Through the research portal, one can get information about the experts, publications, projects and other activities of the multidisciplinary university. Several publications can also be read openly.

Members of the research community for example add their publications and fields of science annually. We recommend that researchers also connect their ORCID identifier to their TUHAT-profile (requires UH-user login). The University uses the system for the reporting to the Ministry of Education and Culture and uses the collected data for example in research evaluations.

Researcher, check from our video or from the guide how you add the information to the system.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/APAHUzTBWas
GUIDE: https://libraryguides.helsinki.fi/tuhat/

You can also participate in our last TUHAT-clinic session at the Kaisa House January 24th, 14-16 o´clock.

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RDM Basics courses, spring 2019 (Meilahti and Viikki)

How to manage your research data effectively? How to define and describe research data and materials? How to make them openly available and where to store them safely? How to use DMPTuuli in research data management planning? These and other basic questions will be answered in a RDM basics (Research Data Management) lecture.

RDM Basics (Meilahti)

Lectures at Terkko Health Hub (Haartmanninkatu 4), PC-classroom, 1st floor.

February 26th, 9:30-11
March 21st, 9:30-11

Tutkimusdatan hallinnan perusteet (Viikki) In Finnish

Place: Infokeskus Korona, Viikinkaari 11, opetusluokka 139
Time: 5.3.2018 klo 10-12

RDM Basics (Viikki)

Place: Infocenter Korona, Viikinkaari 11, lecture room 139
Time: March 19th, 13-15 pm

The primary language of the lecture will be English except the lecture 5.3. in Viikki.
Target group: University of Helsinki researchers, graduate students and staff.


Enrollments in Henkka: http://www.helsinki.fi/trainingcalendar
You find our courses in Henkka beneath the topic: Digital tools and procedures, Arranging Organisation: Helsinki University Library.
Contact: datasupport@helsinki.fi if you have any problems or questions about enrollment.

If you are new to these issues, it is recommended that you start with the RDM basics and only after that attend the DMPTuuli workshop which are organized twice a year – next time during the March and April 2019,  when the Academy of Finland call will be open. See all our courses and workshops: http://libraryguides.helsinki.fi/rdm/courses-workshops

Further help

Further help in research data management is provided by the University of Helsinki DataSupport via email at datasupport@helsinki.fi


Learn How to Seek Information

In the spring term 2019, Helsinki University Library offers information seeking and management courses both online and on campuses.

You will find the course selection on the library web site (most of the courses are in Finnish).

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Online course in English

You can train your information seeking skills by taking an online course.

Information Seeking and Management for Thesis Writers

The course is aimed at students working on their master’s thesis.

Similar bachelor level courses are available in Finnish and Swedish:

These online courses are free of charge to everybody that are interested in the topic.

Dot quite sure how to participate in our online course? Read more detailed instructions how to register in our previous blog post.

More courses in English (spring 2019)

Information Seeking (Weboodi 99910)
Location: Kaisa House
Fri 25th of January 2019
at 10.15-11.45

RefWorks Reference Management (Weboodi 98510)
Location: Kaisa House
Tue 19th of March 2019
at 17.15-18.45
Wed 20th of February 2019
at 12.15-13.45

These courses are open free of charge for university students and staff members.

The full course description and schedule is available in Weboodi. Search courses by using the code or browsing the course catalogue (erillislaitokset > Helsingin yliopiston kirjasto).

Information seeking Workshop

Information Seeking Workshop continues on Mondays from 7th of January until 3rd of June 2019 at Kaisa House, computer lab 5057. No preregistration is needed.

You can also drop and ask questions about information seeking. Individual guidance is provided on a first come, first served basis.

The workshop is targeted at University of Helsinki students and staff.