The challenges – as well as the opportunities – of open data are affecting more and more researchers, and regardless of the discipline, the same questions come up again and again: Can I open the research data I have collected? What does it require? How to deal with sensitive material? In March 2021, the University of Helsinki’s Data Support, in cooperation with data repositories, organized a webinar that brought together researchers and data management experts from various fields. The webinar focused on what it takes to open data and how open materials can be used. This blog post sums up the event.
”The greatest benefit [of open data] is that we do not know. We don’t know where, how and when the data will be used once they has been opened. That said, certain safeguards need to be in place for datasets containing sensitive information. But it does not change the idea; when these datasets are made available, as openly as possible, there is a lot of potential for future use”, says Tuomas Alaterä, Senior Specialist at the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (Tietoarkisto), who has extensive work experience in the areas of digital preservation, open data and data services to support research.
The digital environment requires new skills from researchers. For example, a researcher has to understand the complexities of the relevant legislation, or know how to choose suitable IT solutions to keep their data secure. Fortunately, researchers are not left to navigate these issues alone, as we have several services available for data management.
Digitaalinen ympäristö asettaa tutkimukselle omat vaatimuksensa. Tutkijan on tunnettava muun muassa lainsäädännön uusimmat kiemurat ja osattava valita datan suojaamiseen sopivat tietotekniset ratkaisut. Tutkijaa ei kuitenkaan jätetä yksin, sillä datanhallinnan tueksi Helsingin ylipistolla on tarjolla lukuisia palveluja.
Helsinki University Library will provide an introduction to data science in a webinar to be held on November 13 and 20, 2020. The webinar consists of two independent parts. The emphasis is on open publishing. Target groups are researchers, teachers and support services, but anyone interested is welcomed.
Tänä keväänä toimintansa aloittanut Helsingin yliopiston humanistis-yhteiskuntatieteellinen instituutti HSSH tarjoaa yhteistyö- ja keskustelufoorumin eri alojen tutkijoille Keskustakampuksella. HSSH-infrastruktuurin rakennustyö vasta alkanut, mutta tutkimuskoordinaattori Mari Siiroinen avaa blogihaastattelussa HSSH:n suunnitelmia.
Think Open -blogi täyttää kaksi vuotta tänään. Juhlan kunniaksi on tarjolla lukuvinkkejä, joita ovat poimineet blogin toimitusneuvoston jäsenet. Tarjolla myös luetuimpien juttujen top 10.
The University of Helsinki’s Think Open blog turns two years old today. To celebrate the anniversary, the blog’s editorial board’s members have picked up reading tips for you. The top 10 list of the blog’s most read articles is also revealed.
”I wish that the funding bodies and publishers would not only demand for research data to be dumped in an open repository as it is, but it should be required that the data is stored in an open access repository in a standard data format(s), so that it can be found and reused”, says Kari Lahti, a director of Biodiversity Informatics Unit at the Luomus. Lahti is one of the speakers at the webinar event ”What it takes: Open your research data” that takes place on 25 March 2021.
There are several reasons and benefits to open data for both researchers as well as for society. However, when the demand for opening data has grown rapidly, researchers might feel left alone with the problems, that is, how, where and what to open. This article describes the obstacles and opportunities for opening data – including the beautiful example of the the Carte du Ciel project.