In 2022, the University of Helsinki made a decision to strengthen its research data storage services and data curation over the next five years backed by 1.5 million euros in funding. The long-term storage of research data (Tutkimusdatan pitkäaikaistallennus, TPAT) differs from a conventional data storage service. The TPAT service focuses on storing data for 5–15 years after the research is completed. TPAT answers the question: ”Where can I save this valuable data for future use or as evidence of research already completed?”
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.
”I think open research data promotes honesty and transparency in science. Once a data set is well described, citable and available on clear terms, it is easy to discover and to reuse, and studies done on the data set are easier to replicate and to improve on”, says Mietta Lennes, Project Planning Officer for FIN-CLARIN consortium, which coordinates the Language Bank of Finland (Kielipankki). Lennes is one of the speakers at the webinar event ”What it takes: Open your research data” that takes place on 25 March 2021.
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.
”You should act like every measurement you start is going to continue forever, but the people in charge of the measurements and data flow would move on to different tasks the next week,” says Pasi Kolari, university researcher at the University of Helsinki. In this blog interview, Kolari, who works as a data liaison for SMEAR stations (Station for Measuring Ecosystem-Atmosphere Relations), sheds light on the real life challenges of collecting, processing and opening data. The article is part of the Think Open article series on open science research infrastructures.
”Pitäisi toimia kuin jokainen aloitettu mittaus jatkuisi ikuisesti mutta mittausten aloittajat ja datavirran ylläpitäjät siirtyisivät muihin töihin seuraavalla viikolla”, havainnollistaa yliopistotutkija Pasi Kolari datanhallinnan lähtökohtaa. Ilmakehätieteiden tutkimuksen SMEAR-asemien datayhdyshenkilönä toimiva Kolari valottaa blogihaastattelussa käytännönläheisesti datan keräämiseen, käsittelyyn ja avaamiseen liittyviä haasteita. Artikkeli on toinen osa Think Open -blogin avoimen tieteen tutkimusinfrastruktuureja esittelevässä sarjassa.
While states have closed their borders in response to the coronavirus outbreak, science has opened up in a unique way. Researchers have been openly sharing their outputs and making research available across disciplines, publishers have broken down their paywalls, and new ways of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge have been developed. This blog article provides an overview of the manifestations and features of open science over the past few months.
Samalla, kun valtiot ovat sulkeutuneet koronaviruspandemian aikana, tiede on avautunut ainutlaatuisella tavalla. Tutkijat jakavat aineistojaan avoimesti muiden saataville ja tekevät tutkimusta yli tieteenalarajojen, kustantajat purkavat maksumuurejaan ja uusia tapoja tieteellisen tiedon luomiseksi ja välittämiseksi kehitetään. Tässä blogiartikkelissa luodaan yleiskatsaus avoimen tieteen ja tiedon avoimuuden ilmentymiin ja teemoihin viimeisen kolmen kuukauden aikana.
”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.