Data workout! – Elina Lehtonen’s Data Cleaning Week challenge

University of Helsinki researcher Elina Lehtonen challenges expert members from The Helsinki Term Bank for the Arts and Sciences to join Data Cleaning Week. The Data Cleaning Week will be held at the University of Helsinki from 16th to 20th December 2019.

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Researcher Elina Lehtonen is the coordinator of the geology topic at The Helsinki Term Bank for the Arts and Sciences. She was surprised by the amount of data related to Term Bank work, which also affected in data management.

”Little by little different files were gathered under a few folders. This became a problem as it took more and more time to retrieve the files,” Lehtonen says.

This autumn, Lehtonen has designed a systematic folder structure. At the same time, she noticed that there is a lot of useless files that could have been only temporarily stored.

”During Data Cleaning Week, I challenge myself to think even more carefully how to store temporary data so that it won’t be forgotten in the folders. In addition, I challenge myself to hold on to a weekly data cleaning workout of about 15 minutes, during which I, for example, organize project folders or emails. I challenge all expert members of The Helsinki Term Bank to join Data Cleaning Week,” says Elina Lehtonen.

Participate in Data Cleaning Week!

Take the challenge and participate in the Data Cleaning Week by posting a picture of your cleaning effort to Twitter by using the hashtag #5sdata. The picture can be about folder structure, new file naming system for your group, space created by cleaning – you name it! Remember to challenge your colleagues too!

You can also participate in Data Cleaning Week by sending an email to Data Support: We convey your message through the Think Open blog, Twitter and web site.