Open Science

The University of Helsinki’s research is the most open of its kind in Finland. We are pioneers of both producing and using open data. We increasingly make the results of our research available to all of society to be used as a shared knowledge base.

Our research helps us solve global challenges and produce deeper understanding of the world around us. The openness of the research process along with our open operating culture accelerate and facilitate the broader exploitation of our research results. At the University of Helsinki, openness is the foundation of research.

Publicly funded research belongs to both the academic community and society at large. Opening the entire research process helps us find new, better research questions and opportunities for cooperation, which will improve the impact of our research. Open research work is a requirement for good scientific practices. Open publications and openly available data repositories are accessible for all, which increases the public’s trust towards research and public institutions.

Open science is one of the University’s strategic development areas. The University is developing research environments and infrastructures based on open science while developing monitoring for research visibility. According to a report from the Open Science and Research Initiative project, the University of Helsinki had been most successful among Finnish research organisations in implementing an open culture.

Openness is implemented in a systematic and strategic 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. The University also recommends the use and development of open methods and software in research.

The Think Open pilot website brings together the University of Helsinki’s open research data, code and publications. Feel free to use them! Read the researcher interviews to find out what open science can do. Open science enables new forms of cooperation and generates innovations.

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. In terms of open science, open peer review is also a way of opening up research and the research process to a wider audience.

At the University, the open self-archiving of articles into the University’s digital repository Helda ensures that articles can be accessed and stored permanently. Other methods of open access publishing can be found in the Open Access guide for researchers. Instructions for managing and describing research data such as measurement results, corpuses or survey results can be found in the Research Data Management guide.

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