In recent years, open science has progressed in leaps and bounds in both Finland and other countries. In autumn 2022, the University of Helsinki set up an open science coordination group, with representatives from every campus as well as research management and services. The group is tasked with coordinating the development of open science and teaching at the University. In this blog post, the group’s members discuss the work ahead and the related challenges.
University of Helsinki’s publication service offers a fast and free of charge option to publish textbooks openly. Right now is a good time to think about the openness of the textbooks, as the new curriculum for 2023–2026 is being prepared.
This blog post lists all open textbooks published in Helda Open Books during 2019–2022. Among the faculties, the most active HOB publishers have been the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Educational Sciences. If you notice any deficiencies in the list, please comment in the message box below or contact us. If you are considering the open access publishing of a textbook, read this blog post about HOB publishing.
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.
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.
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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.
To improve your work efficiency, it is good to have a clear data management strategy and data files well organized. On this blog post we have gathered tips on how to organize files based on a 5S method. Data Cleaning Week 2019 challenges University of Helsinki researchers, as well as staff and students, to check their data management routines and organize data files.
The Data Cleaning Week at the University of Helsinki aims to draw attention to good data management routines and its benefits. This also supports the University of Helsinki’s strategic goals in terms of research quality and open and responsible science. All UH researchers, staff members and students can participate in the Data Cleaning Week on Twitter by using the hashtag #5sdata.