Tuoreesta tutkimuksesta käy ilmi, että tutkijat pitävät tutkimuksen hyvää datanhallintaa eli datan järjestelmällistä käsittelyä erittäin tärkeänä datan eheyden, tutkimustulosten luotettavuuden ja tutkimuksen toistettavuuden kannalta. Silti koulutusta datanhallintaan on saanut vain harva ja nuorten tutkijoiden osaaminen on kirjavaa. Tutkimustaan käsittelevässä blogiartikkelissa Jukka Rantasaari esittää myös ratkaisuja tilanteen parantamiseksi.
”To maintain faith in scientific institutions, our data needs to be available for public and journalistic scrutiny”, says researcher Ivo Neefjes (University of Helsinki). In this interview, he stresses the need to make research data accessible for other researchers with sufficient metadata. Neefjes is attending the event ”Open Science Afternoon 2021 – Open Data Matters” where he is presenting Molecular Clusters video, that won Science journal’s Dance Your PhD competition in the spring.
”Personally for me open research data is an enormous opportunity to do research and answer questions others have not yet asked”, says microbiologist Antti Karkman (University of Helsinki). In this short interview, he speaks on the advantages of open data in his own research and the research in general. Karkman is one of the speakers at ”Open Science Afternoon 2021 – Open Data Matters”.
Kotimaisten tiedelehtien rahoitus, tutkimusdatan linjaus, kirjojen avoimuus ja avoimuuden hinta. Siinä muutamia aiheita Think Open -blogin puolivuotiskatsauksesta, joka kokoaa pääteemojen ohella yhteen alkuvuoden luku- ja kuunteluvinkit ja avointa tiedettä hyödyntävät tutkimusesimerkit.
The University of Helsinki is currently updating its research data policy. In this Think Open blog post, members of the working group responsible for the update share their views regarding the needs and goals of the new data policy. Their responses indicate that the key goal is for the shared data policy to facilitate the work of researchers in a concrete way, taking the special nature of research fields and research datasets into account. The respondents also agree on the need for clear guidelines and the definition of responsibilities. The importance of services as part of the guidelines is also noted. The UH policy draft is now opened for commentary.
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.
If you could choose one way to advance opening data (regardless of costs), what would it be? Francesca Morello would choose data stewards as part of every research group: ”Data steward, as an expert professional, would be capable to support researchers’ choices on daily bases and could help them promote the optimal reuse of their data: both positive results but also negative findings.” Morello is one of the speakers at the webinar event ”What it takes: Open your research data” that takes place on 25 March 2021.
After Laji.fi portal was opened in 2015, it has become a weekly tool for biologist and journalist Jouni Tikkanen as he searches for basic information on the Finnish species. Tikkanen hopes that also Finnish National Forest Inventory (VMI) data will also be opened up, as it would offer great opportunities for non-researchers as well: ”With that data as a groundwork I could build both magazine articles, podcast series and books.”
”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.
Careful preparation of common guidelines, selection of an appropriate implementation strategy and commitment of the entire work community are key things when building an open science research infrastructure. Aino Juslén, Director of the Finnish Museum of Natural History (Luomus) tells in this interview how openness of science is implemented in different ways (open data, open source code, open education) in Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF), coordinated by Luomus.