Open Science

Open science is a resource for society

Publicly funded research belongs to both the academic community and society at large. At the University of Helsinki, we increasingly make our research openly available to all of society to be used as a shared knowledge base. On these pages, you can explore interviews with researchers to find out what open science can accomplish, get to know our strategy and services for openness, as well as search for open data from different sources.

Benefits of open science

Open science is a way of advancing science and its impact on society. By adhering to the principles of open science, we make our research findings more easily available to other researchers, save resources, and increase the quality of science. Open science can be citizen science, which provides an opportunity for anyone to partake in high quality research. In the information society, openly available data and research produces new insights and services. Open science can be used for example in bettering public health, protecting the environment or studying historical material in new ways.

Open science in the researcher’s daily work

For researchers, opening up research data and publications brings more visibility and more citations. In practice, openness means that research material, methods and publications are made available online with no restrictions whenever possible. Extensive accessibility, usability and transparency of the entire research process benefits everyone.

Open data and publishing

Open publications and openly available data repositories are accessible for all, which increases the public’s trust towards research and public institutions. Openness is implemented in a systematic, strategic and responsible manner. Ethical and legal aspects are considered when opening research data. As a rule, dissertations, research publications and resources generated at the University are open access.