Open Access to Social Science Data: Challenges and Solutions

How to share your data? The Open Access to Social Science Data event was organised on 8 December 2021.

Chair Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen, professor in social policy

Co-chair Krista Lagus, professor in digital social science


  • Welcome note, Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen 
  • A note on co-creation practices, Krista Lagus 

Researcher talks

  • Experiences in giving open access to big data, Krista Lagus
  • Considering open data access for a database on COVID-19 related social policy measures, Heikki Hiilamo  
  • Tackling the biases and bubbles in participation with open access survey data, Hanna Wass 
  • Open access to your research data: The perspective of a PhD student working with qualitative data, Jawaria Khan 

Support for making social science data openly accessible

  • To share or share not: Challenges in opening your research data, Monica Allardt, Data Services University of Helsinki  
  • Support with opening your research data through trusted repositories, Helena Laaksonen, Finnish Social Science Data Archive/Tampere University   

Co-creation event

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions. We may all also contribute to co-writing a set of observations, experiences, comments and open questions concerning data sharing.The co-writing may begin already during the presentations.

The resulting co-written document will improve everyone’s understanding on what are the pitfalls, challenges, possibilities and solutions that researchers encounter when considering sharing their data, as well as stimulate further developments.

The event is co-organised with the Center for Social Data Science and with support from Helsinki Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities.