Open access services, real-life data issues and jam jar parables – Think Open Blog in late spring

The topics of the Think Open blog in April and May 2022 were related to open access book publishing services, RDM questions from University of Helsinki staff and the challenging worlds of metadata and data anonymisation.

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Open access

Why publish openly and what are the expectations for the academic publishing service? Is there problems in open access publishing that should be discussed more broadly? For this blog article, six researchers who have published their research through Helsinki University Press share their views on open access. Enhancing the quality of their research, raising the standard of their publication and helping their books to reach the right audiences were key quality creators.

The social pharmacy methodology book, Yhteiskunnallinen lääketutkimus, was published openly to provide pharmaceutical students with a concrete tool in their studies and also to support other students studying the phenomena of the pharmaceutical subjects. In the blog article (in Finnish), Nina Katajavuori and Katri Hämeen-Anttila, editors of the book, talk about the book’s steps towards the open access publication in the University of Helsinki’s Helda Open Books collection.

Research data management

What to do with sensitive data after a research project? The article ”20 questions and answers on sensitive data, data management and services at the University of Helsinki” (in Finnish) reviews questions – and answers provided by the University of Helsinki’s Data Support network – that emerged from the spring meetings and webinars related to the new research data policy.

Humanist in the World of Data

The third part of Aleksi Peura’s blog series introduces the very basics of real life data management: Why should metadata be taken seriously, even if it seems intrusive? Peura’s article, ”Metadata and its unnecessarily difficult name” (in Finnish) includes jam jar parables, sidepaths, and a description of the metadata.

In the fourth part of his blog series, Aleksi Peura delves into the fundamental questions of sensitive data and anonymisation under the title ”The impossibility of complete anonymisation” (in Finnish). Protecting the privacy of people subject to scientific research is a key issue in research data management (RDM), and it is required also by law to take into account. However, from a researcher’s perspective, the task is often challenging.

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