The Think Open blog articles in October were strongly connected to themes related to research data. In short interviews, researchers shed light on how open data is part of their work, and research data management (RDM) experts talk about RDM problems and their solutions. In the theme of open access, articles concentrated on Plan S, APC and SCOAP3.
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Open data – interviews
- ”I think the benefit about opening research data is that other people can build their research and get new insights from the data that has already been developed”, says Aalto researcher Matias Heino in the short blog interview. He also stresses the effective use of resources and the need to verify research results.
- ”To maintain faith in scientific institutions, our data needs to be available for public and journalistic scrutiny”, says UH researcher Ivo Neefjes in the interview. He also underlines the need to make research data accessible for other researchers with sufficient metadata.
- ”Personally for me open research data is an enormous opportunity to do research and answer questions others have not yet asked”, says UH microbiologist Antti Karkman in the blog interview. He also speaks on the advantages of open data in his own research and the research in general.
Data management– terms, problems and solutions
- The new article (in Finnish) explains the key terms used in research data management that can often cause confusion. The first part deals with the storing, preservation and long-term preservation of data.
- A recent study shows that researchers consider good data management to be a very important guarantor of the quality of research. Still, only a few have received training in data management and the expertise of researchers is varied. The blog article (in Finnish) also presents solutions to improve the situation.
Article processing charges (APC)
- What are open access author fees or article processing charges (APC)? APC is the price paid for open access publication and it varies depending on the publisher and journal. Blog article explains the basic concepts and informs also APC-free open access journals.
Open access publishing – Plan S and SCOAP3
- The Plan S statement for open monographs, feverishly awaited by the scientific community, was published in September, and the editors of the Helsinki University Press review the statement and its monograph recommendations. The article also evaluates the suitability of different CC licenses for book publishing.
- In the SCOAP3 for Books pilot project, books on particle physics and its related disciplines will be made openly available (open access) to everyone through an international consortium model, in which the University of Helsinki is also involved. The first OA books were published in September, and the blog article (in Finnish) will background the project.
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