”Science should be transparent and accessible to everyone. Today, I firmly believe that science goes hand in hand with openness. When I started my PhD couple of years ago, I did not even know what open science meant. Since then, I have taken baby steps towards a more sustainable science culture.” In this blog post, University of Helsinki doctoral student Julia Kemppinen writes on a practical level how she learned to understand the importance of open science and how she implements open science practices in her research.
University of Helsinki Data Support, a network of experts ranging from library staff to lawyers, helps researchers all year long via a service address firstname.lastname@example.org. To be able to develop services, Data Support investigated what are the most frequently asked topics in the service email by researchers. Along with data management plan commenting service, most questions asked by the researchers handled sensitive data management as well as storing solutions.
For many researchers, the the Academy of Finland’s September 2019 Call makes data management planning a topical issue. The University of Helsinki Data Support provides support for the preparation of data management plans (DMP). We asked four UH researchers how well the Data Support services responded to their needs.
At the beginning of 2019, University of Helsinki (UH) Data Support together with the Faculty of Medicine conducted a survey of the faculty Principal Investigators about where data is stored during a project and where it is made available after the project. Almost 50 Principal Investigators participated in the survey. More than half of the researchers were affiliated only to University of Helsinki and around a quarter were affiliated both to the University and HUS.
What does a great data management plan (DMP) look like? The DataSupport at the University of Helsinki is regularly asked for examples and models of good plans. Here are the best pieces of advice for a researcher to create a great DMP.
What is the opening of data in practice? What does it require? The OpenFIRE project at the Institute of Seismology highlights the work and expertise needed to open research data, and it also reveals the problems that come along the way. This is the abstract of the original post (in Finnish).