As a rule, the University of Helsinki favours open technologies and open-source solutions. In practice, our choices are also steered by other principles and aspects concerning usability, maintenance and cost. Despite all its benefits, open source is not always synonymous with high-quality software engineering. In this blog entry, we discuss the open source policy and the open-source software adopted at the University, as well as considerations related to open source from the organisation’s perspective.
Plan S, an initiative developed by major research funders, made the headlines when the funders’ requirement on open access publishing of research articles was pushed through with a time frame of only a few years. Since then, the academic world has waited for their statement on monographs and edited collections. The statement has now been published, and the accompanying recommendations reveal that the diversity of scholarly publishing has been considered more than in the Plan S guidelines.
Open learning and open science are more engaged each other than one can think. In the geography teaching in higher education we have noticed that more open data sources, rise of open source software, and call for open publishing have affected also to our ways to teach. Because teaching and research are going hand in hand in higher education, so are open science and open learning too.
The online journal brings together interesting articles and useful services related to open education and open educational resources. The Open Education issue is specifically aimed at university teachers.
The NewsEye project builds an automatic Research Assistant based on artificial intelligence. Research will benefit from the tools and possibilities of searching and browsing huge amounts of text material. Kick off meeting of the project was held in France in May.
In the opening post of the Think Open blog, Vice-Rector Jouko Väänänen and Associate Professor Mikko Tolonen discuss the themes of the new blog. This is the abstract of the original post (in Finnish).