Long-term work for open science awarded during Open Access week

At the Open Science afternoon at Think Corner, the University of Helsinki Open Science award for 2019 and ten years of data support were celebrated.

University of Helsinki vice-rector Paula Eerola and university librarian Kimmo Tuominen presented the 2019 Open Science prize of the University of Helsinki to the Finnish Museum of Natural History (Luomus) for their long-term and wide-ranging work for open science. Aleksi Lehikoinen accepted the prize as Luomus's representative. The reasons given for awarding the Museum the prize pointed out that open science is a founding principle that runs through all of its work. Luomus has also developed significant open science infrastructures. In addition, Luomus has a long tradition of organising and developing citizen science. More on this subject can be read in UH and Luomus news.

At the open science afternoon, ten years of UH Data Support were also celebrated. Data Support is a network formed by the data experts of the University of Helsinki. Data Support has been a trailblazer in the field of research data management and its support. The network exceeds the limits of traditional units. Helsinki University Library has a coordinating role in the network. 

Participating in the 10th anniversary were partners from the university and from its national cooperation networks. Data support services have arisen from a real need, and the importance of the work has been recognised at a national level. Jessica Parland von Essen formulates the matter in the Think Open blog as follows: 

” University of Helsinki Data Support is a famous vanguard of the research data management in our country. They have done splendid work for DMPTuuli, for example, and their work in long-term preservation has been recognised widely at the national level. Data Support has had an important role in developing open science and research data management initiatives and projects.”

Think Open blog post represents Data Support´s journey all the long from the year 2008 to the present (in Finnish): Datatuki juhlii – kymmenen kysymystä kymmenvuotiaalle tienraivaajalle.

Travelling along the Open Access Track

In addition to the Open Science Afternoon 2019, during international open access week the library introduced Open Science Kiosks on all UH campuses. The kiosks were organised as walk-in events where you could ask anything about open science or library services. 

On Viikki Campus, the kiosk was shifted to the Open Access track on wheels. (In the photo: Kimmo Koskinen, Anne Uusitalo and Taina Kettunen; photo by Liisa Siipilehto)