Author Archives: Ville Tenhunen

About Ville Tenhunen

The Project Manager. IT Center of the University of Helsinki.

Which license should I choose for publications, research data or source code?

Helsinki University Library has published a license guide.


“In general, the University of Helsinki recommends CC BY – license for sharing publications, unless there are other recommendations by the publisher.”
“For sharing of research data The University of Helsinki recommends CC 0 – license, where the author gives up all copyrights in order to advance open science.”
“For sharing of source code the University of Helsinki recommends MIT- or GNU-GPL (v2) –licenses which have been developed for just this purpose”

Please, find further information from Open Access: License Guide:

Programme of the next user group meeting

Coordinates of the next MILDRED User Group meeting are:

Date and time: Wednesday 1st February 10:00-12:00

Place: Meilahti Campus, Biomedicum Helsinki 1 (Haartmaninkatu 8),  Kokoushuone 3 (

Registration is open until 31st January 2017 (for dietary restrictions 24th January 2017):


10:00 – 10:10 Coffee

10.10 – 10.20 Opening, prof. Mikko Tolonen

10:20 – 10:30 Introduction to the theme and method: Current obstacles in data-centric research, Aija Kaitera & Mari Elisa Kuusniemi

10:30 – 11:10 Workshop session, participants

11:10 – 11:20 Summary, Aija Kaitera & Mari Elisa Kuusniemi

11:20 – 11:55 MILDRED 2: Example and demo of the possible data service, Kimmo Koskinen & Ville Tenhunen

11:55 – 12:00 Next steps and closing, Eeva Nyrövaara


Licenses and next meeting of the user group

First things first. Next the MILDRED User group meeting will take place on Wednesday 1st February 2017 from 10 to 12. The venue will be Biomedicum Helsinki 1 (Haartmaninkatu 8),  Kokoushuone 3 (

Last day to register is 26th January 2017 and you can do the registration here:

Then, some thoughts about licenses.

It is important to define terms and conditions of the data, codes, materials etc. before someone else going to use them. It makes life easier if users know these things.

Therefore we have thought that we describe principles of the the Project MILDRED licenses before we have services or softwares anywhere. Idea is that you can comment this proposal. The steering group of the project will make decisions later, after the user group have had a possibility to comment these things.

The proposal:

If there is not any legal restrictions or other powerful arguments to some other licenses, within the Project MILDRED will be used following licenses:

The legal restriction could be for example so called copyleft license or use of the commercially licensed software etc. The powerful argument could be also a will of the owner of the information or material.

We like to hear your opinion about this proposal. You can leave your comment to this blog or you can use the feedback form of the project:

EDIT: 21.12.2017 Venue and registration.

The MILDRED user group and research data service user profiles

The Project Mildred had the user group meeting last Tuesday with nearly 20 participants from all campuses of the University of Helsinki. Main issue of the meeting was the user profiles and researchers need.

Open space session produced numbers of comments and ideas which are very useful for the project. On the behalf of the project managers of the project, I like to thank everyone their participation and discussions! Results are now in the wiki.

If you didn’t make the meeting, no worries. We have opened wiki page where you can find the material and leave you comment. You have to log in to the wiki with University’s credentials or HAKA credentials.

Here are links:

Newsletter 2/2016

The second MILDRED Newsletter was emailed today. You can read it also below.

1. The user group workshop

How you use the research data? What tools you need? Which services the Project MILDRED should build up?

The Project MILDRED arrange the User Group meeting and workshop on Tuesday 15th November. Event will take a place 14:00-16:00 at Siltavuorenpenger 5, K218. In this sessions we will discuss about user profiles, services, requirements and next steps of the project.

Come and tell what kind of services you need for your research.

Registration is open until Friday 11.11.2016:

2. Project managers of the subprojects of the MILDRED

Now all the Project MILDRED subprojects are up and running. They have own project managers as listed below:

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MILDRED poster for International Data Week 2016

The poster about Project MILDRED has accepted and presented on International Data Week 2016 at Denver, CO, USA 11.-17.9.2016.

PDF-version of the poster you can find here: RDA-poster-final-2016-09-01


Survey data mentioned in the poster is now available on FigShare:




Origin of the “MILDRED”

It has been asked why it is called “MILDRED”. Good question. Here is the answer.

The story goes this way. As we know, every good project have a name and an abbreviation. The shorter the better.

For example, the Finnish Social Science Data Archive have an excellent data service called “Aila“.

If you like to derive another name from this, you may remember Finnish actress Aila Svedberg who had a role of secretary in a famous radio comedy “Knalli ja sateenvarjo” (originally “The Men from the Ministry” by Edward Taylor and John Graham).

Name of this role was “Mildred Murfin”. This character has mainly positive attitude and energy, even if there is continually something exceptional going on in the office. So, why not use “MILDRED” as the name of the project?

Otherwise, if you like, you can consider the origin of the “MILDRED” as “Multilayered Infrastrucure Lattice for Digitalization of REsearch Data management“. Or something like that 🙂

What is MILDRED and why?

University of Helsinki is updating its research data infrastructure to provide tools and services for supporting the management, use, discoverability and sharing of data, capacity for storage, preservation, computing and processing.

The aim of MILDRED is to provide researchers with a state-of-the-art infrastructure and design data related services to help researchers.

The infrastructure will be developed for and with researchers and user groups are pivotal in the development process and together with national and international parties.

MILDRED include 5 development projects:

  1. Digitalization of Research Data Services Delivery
  2. Data Repository Service
  3. Data Publishing and Metadata Service
  4. Data Storage and Backup
  5. Implementation of Data Management Planning Tool – Tuuli