Two years of the Think Open blog – check out the editorial picks!

The University of Helsinki’s Think Open blog turns two years old today. To celebrate the anniversary, the blog’s editorial board’s members have picked up reading tips for you. The top 10 list of the blog’s most read articles is also revealed.

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Think Open blog, which reports on open science and digital research services at the University of Helsinki, turns two today. To celebrate the anniversary, members of the blog’s editorial board have picked up reading tips from the blog’s 169 articles.

A total of 47 authors have written to the blog during these two years. Topics have varied: there have been event reports, research project presentations, interviews, service descriptions and researcher views – not to forget open science fiction.

The themes of open science have, of course, been addressed from many angles, from the perspective of open access publishing, open data, open education and research infrastructures. The theme of data management has been close to the hearts of bloggers because good RDM practices opens up so many possibilities – although it may cause also pain at times.

Without further ado, here are the editorial picks for you:

Salla-Maaria Laaksonen

”[1–2] Personally, I would recommend these ’why do I do this’ type articles that highlight good practices through individuals. [3] In addition, I recommend an awesome Data Cleaning Week that manages to be so concretely part of everyday life!”

Aino Juslén

”[1] It all starts with choosing open science as a strategic goal. And then we move determinedly towards the goal through a jointly agreed plan. Inspiring and rewarding. [2] Self-archiving has been made really easy at our university. Many thanks for the library’s services. [3] The views expressed in this blog post are still relevant. Data sharing should be the rule – and it should be easy.”

Tiina Käkelä

”[1] The blog post presents self-archiving as a clear wireframe model, and at the end of the article there are links to other posts on the same topic. [2] This is a good information package, suitable for also educational uses. The article also discusses author’s copyrights in international scientific publication. [3] The importance of certain things often becomes clearer during crises. The coronavirus pandemic has already shown how open access to research outputs is essential when solving big global problems.”

Olli Vanajas

”[1] The supercharged data storage story seems to be the most read article by the IT Center, and data storing is an interesting topic from research’s perspective. [2] Information security and sensitive data management are important issues. [3] And it is also good to recall the Umpio service, although it is still under development.”

Mari Elisa Kuusniemi

”[1–3] I like these!”

Riitta Koikkalainen

”[1–3] Even if I now repeat, like a parrot, my once-realized insight, I want to emphasize this: the ideals of open science are old and familiar ideals of scientific research, nothing new. It is the researcher’s job to research and tell his or her research results openly to everyone, even if this may sometimes feel frustrating. In addition to research publications, the scientific community should pay attention to the openness of research data, the long-term availability of electronic material, and the responsible and ethical evaluation of research. Based on these criteria, my reading tips are:”

Top ten – most popular articles in Think Open blog

  1. Introduction to Open Data Science (you may become a data scientist!)
  2. Testissä Alternative Access – vaihtoehtoiset tavat päästä kiinni tutkimusartikkeleihin
  3. Creating a brilliant data management plan (DMP)
  4. New open access publisher competes through quality and efficient dissemination
  5. Supercharged research data storage and sharing is on the way
  6. Open science during coronavirus outbreak – an overview of the manifestations of openness
  7. Plan S astuu voimaan 2021 – avoimen julkaisemisen suunnitelma valmistui
  8. Avoimessa julkaisemisessa otettiin uusi suunta – katsaus summaa avoimen tieteen alkuvuoden ydinkohdat
  9. Tieteellistä julkaisemista uudistava Plan S tarkentui
  10. Avoimen julkaisemisen Plan S: paljon voimaa, pieniä heikkouksia