Open access requirements, open textbooks and altmetrics – Think Open Blog in March

The topics of the Think Open blog in March 2022 were related to open education (especially open textbooks), altmetrics, science communication and IT procurement at the University of Helsinki.

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Open access

What we talk about when we talk about open access publishing requirements? In March 2022, an event ”Avoimen julkaisemisen vaatimus − haitaksi vai hyödyksi tieteelle?” (The requirement of open access publishing – harmful or beneficial to research?) provided strong tensions and meandering speeches. The blog article (in Finnish) seeks to background the views expressed in the debate.

Open textbooks

University of Helsinki’s publication service offers a fast and free of charge option to publish textbooks openly. Right now is a good time to think about the openness of the textbooks, as the new curriculum for 2023–2026 is being prepared.

More than 40 open textbooks published in Helda Open Books during 2019–2022. Among the faculties, the most active HOB publishers have been the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

Open education

Think Open Digest’s special issues of Open Education are aimed at teachers working at higher education institutions – to support their work and to share some new ideas. The issues present articles, services, tools, guides, and recommendations related to the theme of open education and open educational resources (OER). The third issue was published in the beginning of March, 2022.

Altmetrics and science communication

Altmetrics means evaluating the impact of research publications by measuring the online visibility of the publications. For many researchers, altmetrics appears mostly as a small colorful round figure in the university’s publication database. But could altmetrics also be a tool for interaction? ponders Salla-Maaria Laaksonen in her blog article (in Finnish).

Research services

Every now and then the experts at the University of Helsinki’s IT Center are confronted with research equipments that require deviations from familiar routines. In a blog post (in Finnish), IT specialist Sebastian Porceddu, talks about what kind of things to consider when procuring lab equipments.

Humanist in the world of data

”The amount of data that each of us accumulates today is historically completely exceptional”, writes historian and library’s information specialist Aleksi Peura. In the second part of his article series (in Finnish), Peura discusses digitization and the amount of data, and what impact this has on research.

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