Helda, the open-access digital repository of the University of Helsinki, contains researchers’ articles, doctoral and other theses, monographs, unit publication series and other resources produced at the University.
The University is committed to open science and research, and the Helda repository maintained by Helsinki University Library is a key service for fulfilling this commitment. The purpose of Helda is to increase the visibility, use and impact of the University’s publications. Helda also provides a secure solution to their long-term archiving.
Most doctoral and other theses approved at the University are made available for open access in Helda. All theses in the collections of Helsinki University Library can be read and explored in its facilities.
Self-archived copies of publications by University of Helsinki researchers are transferred from the Tuhat research information system to Helda, where they are openly available.
As for monographs, the Helda Open Books collection contains classic works from different disciplines as well as high-quality books written and edited by researchers at the University of Helsinki. A work previously published in print can be republished as an open access resource if the copyright holders permit this.
The Helda repository
In Helda, you can find resources produced by University of Helsinki researchers, teachers and students. Most of these resources are texts, but Helda also contains resources produced using presentation software as well as audio, image and video files. A large proportion of the main collections in Helda grow continuously with the addition of recent publications. In 2021 approximately 11,000 publications were added to the repository. Based on the type of content, Helda can be divided into the following main collections:
Helda also contains collections and content maintained by partners outside the University of Helsinki. Such resources can be found in the Partner sub-repositories collection. The partners include the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Hanken School of Economics, the Finnish Food Authority (formerly Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira), the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), the National Land Survey of Finland, Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) and the Finnish Labour Heritage Association (Library of the Labour Movement). Helsinki University Library provides external customers with publication archive services, but is not responsible for the content of the collections.
Helda resources can be found, for example, through the Helda interface, the Helsinki University Library’s Helka service or search engines. In addition, Helda resources have been harvested for inclusion in services that aggregate content from publication archives (e.g., OpenAIRE, CORE, BASE).
Research publications stored in the Tuhat system are transferred to Helda’s Articles collection. Most articles published in Helda are archived in the Tuhat system by Helsinki University Library staff (see the self-archiving service). If a research article has not yet been published in Helda, you can send it to the Library by email to openaccess@helsinki. You can also archive your own publications in Tuhat and Helda. Instructions for self-archiving are available in the Library’s open access guide.
Helsinki University Library archives the University’s digital doctoral theses in Helda. As rule, the thesis files to be published in Helda are received from Unigrafia. Please see the Library and E-thesis websites for instructions on publishing digital doctoral theses.
Descriptive information (metadata) about theses written for second-cycle degrees (master’s theses, advanced-studies theses in medicine and licentiate theses in veterinary medicine) and assessed and approved in the E-thesis system is automatically transferred to Helda. If a student permits the publication of their thesis in the E-thesis system, the thesis file is also transferred to Helda. Further information is available on the E-thesis website.
Separate collections have been established in Helda for the University’s publication series. If you wish to issue a serial publication in a collection currently in Helda or believe a publication series needs a separate collection in Helda, please contact email@example.com.
The recommended publishing platform for most learning materials is the Finnish Library of Open Educational Resources maintained by CSC – IT Center for Science. If you have a question about publishing learning material or textbooks in Helda, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
At present, Helda has no active service for publishing research resources. If you have questions about archiving or publishing research datasets or making them available for open access, please contact the University’s data support service at email@example.com. Questions about resources previously archived in Helda can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The client organisations using Helda are responsible for archiving their own resources in the service. Questions about archiving rights should be sent to email@example.com.