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One One Two Day

Today is national One One Two Day 112 (in Finnish and Swedish). Today several government officials wish to direct attention to public safety and the proper use of the emergency phone number 112. The aim of the day is to make Finland the safest country in Europe. How to prevent accidents from happening? How to make everyday life more safe and secure? What kind of infrastructure promotes safety? How to find help when needed?

Today is also the second birthday of University of Helsinki Research Data Policy. Two years ago, on February 11, 2015 Rector Jukka Kola signed the Research Data Policy. The aim of the Research Data Policy is to define high-level principles regarding the collection, storing, use, and management of research data. The ultimate goal is to make researchers’ everyday life and core business, that is, research, easier and – in a sense – more safe.

Although the policy paper itself does not make anybody’s life easier of safer, the policy requires university to take certain actions in order to safeguard professional research data management throughout the research life cycle. From researcher’s point of view the key questions are: How to find help when needed? What kind of infrastructure supports my research?

During the implementation phase of the Research Data Policy, University of Helsinki has answered to these questions by first, setting up the Datasupport network and, second, launching the Project MILDRED. The Datasupport network assists researchers in the management of research data. Researchers are offered tools, services, and training regarding the management, use, access to, and sharing of research data. Via DataSupport researchers can reach all data management specialists at the University. The specialists will help researchers in data related emergency. As such, the Datasupport email is a kind of the 112 number for researchers.

But as is with the One One Two Day, the focus of the Datasupport network is not on the emergency cases, but on how to avoid them. How to plan research more secure and safe data-wise? The Datasupport network’s aim is to prevent emergencies and help researchers plan the collection, storing, use, and management of research data in advance.  Project MILDRED, on the other hand, builds a safe and well planned infrastructure on which the Datasupport and researcher can trust to support both data intensive research and research based on the so called long tail data. Infrastructure is the basis of well-working society and research.

Request for Comments: User Stories and Scenarios

The ultimate goal in Mildred is to create services that are both useful and useable for its users. “Useful” in this context means something, which is needed and which makes one’s life at least somewhat (rather significantly) easier regarding handling and managing data. “Useable” and user experience will be a topic for another blog post, so let’s concentrate on the question how to make useful services.

When developing new software, modern organizations more and more often want to use so called agile methodologies. They promote incremental development of the product with close collaboration with customer; as the feedback is received constantly during the development process, the final product should meet customers’ real needs.

Among the several practices inside agile framework are user stories and roles. These are written in everyday language, and basically describe what task a user wants to achieve using the product. An example could be: “As an author of an article I want to publish my data set so that it can be found and citated by other researchers” or “As a researcher I want to find data sets published by other researchers so that I can make new observations combining the data sets”.

This is where we need you, dear future user of Mildred services! We have gathered some user stories based on the cases that our experts and data support group have solved during the years. Are they correct? Is something missing? Are some of them more important to you than others?

Read and comment directly here: (requires authentication with UH or Haka credentials).

These user stories are used in most Mildred projects, so it’s uttermost important that they are a good presentations of your challenges. Unfortunately we cannot promise to fulfil all needs in the coming year, but the development will continue even after Mildred’s project phase is over.

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 🙂


Would you like to participate in developing the UH research data infrastructure?

Yes? Great!

The development project – MILDRED – will be launched in kickoff event. Come and learn more about the project and join the user groups!

Date and time: April 29, 2016, from 9.00 am until 12.00

Venue: Runeberg Hall, University of Helsinki Main building, 2nd floor



9.00 Coffee
9.15 Welcome Vice Rector Keijo Hämäläinen
9.30 Open Science and Research Initiative (ATT) Secretary General, Pirjo-Leena Forsström, CSC
9.40 Research Data Management in Everyday Life of the Researcher Principal investigator, Minna Ruckenstein, Consumer Society Research Centre and Professor Mikko Tolonen, Department of Modern Languages
9.55  I’m For Open Data because… Project Director Ari Asmi, Integrated Carbon Observation System
10.10 What is MILDRED? Professor Mikko Tolonen, The Steering Group Chair
Open Space
– Digitalization of Research Data Services Delivery
– Data Repository Service
– Data Publishing and Metadata Service
– Data Storage and Backup
– Implementation of Data Management Planning Tool – Tuuli
Senior Adviser in Research Administration, Eeva Nyrövaara, Research Affairs
Feedback from Open Space & Next Steps Project Manager, Ville Tenhunen, IT Center
11.40 UH DataSupport & RDM guide & DMPTuuli  Service Director Pälvi Kaiponen, and Information Specialist Mari Elisa Kuusniemi, Helsinki University Library
11.50 Closing Remarks Professor Mikko Tolonen, The Steering Group Chair

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