Data Support
Researchers are offered tools, services, and training regarding the management, use, access to, and sharing of research data. The Uni­versity of Hel­sinki Data ­Sup­port assists researchers in the management of research data.
The Data Support at the University of Helsinki

The Data Support at the University of Helsinki assists researchers in the management of research data. Researchers are offered tools, services, and training regarding the management, use, access to, and sharing of research data. Via  Data Support researchers can reach the data management specialists at the Helsinki University Library, IT Services, Central Archives, Research Affairs, Personnel Services, and Legal Affairs.

You can contact the Data Support by email: datasupport@helsinki.fi.

The Research Data Services portal collects information on data management services at the University of Helsinki. In addition to the service listing in the portal, you can use the wizard function to guide you to the tools that suits your specific needs.

Support for the research data life cycle

Researchers are the experts on their own research data and the management of it. The Data Support at the University of Helsinki helps researchers in planning how to manage their research data and offers training in research data management. The Data Support specialists search together with the researcher or research group for the best solutions for managing the research data during its whole life cycle. However, the Data Support is not responsible for managing the data nor does it give support regarding research methods.

The Data Support network aims to find the right specialists to assist the researchers, be it questions about disk space for storage of data, data sharing, metadata, or legal matters. Researchers do not need to know which university services to contact. They only need to contact Data Support.

Research Data Management guides

The Data Support at the University of Helsinki offers research guides to meet the various requirements of data management. The Research Data Management guide provides information on data management, data protection, information security, data sharing, and preservation. The data management basics guide (Datanhallinnan perusopas, in Finnish only) is a compact presentation of basic information on the topic. The Making a Research Project Understandable guide goes through the basics of documenting your data.

The IT Centre of the University of Helsinki provides several services in support of research, such as data storage and distribution services as well as tailored IT solutions.

Data man­age­ment courses and work­shops

As part of University of Helsinki Data Support, Helsinki University Library offers training to researchers and students on implementing and planning data management.

  • The RDM Basics course introduces the basics of research data management.
  • Data Management Plan workshops focus on drawing up data management plans (DMPs). Workshops are organised especially in conjunction with Academy of Finland funding application calls.

DMPTuuli is a tool for creating a data management plan, and it will guide and provide instructions for researchers at various stages of drawing up the plan. The DMPTuuli workshops provide guidance in using this tool. 

Data Man­age­ment Plan­

A Data Management Plan (DMP) should describe how data is managed during as well as after the active phase of the research project. The plan should be updated as the research project evolves.

The DMP is part of a research plan. To avoid overlap between the DMP and the research plan, you can refer from one document to the other. Introduce data analysis and other methods in your research plan.

In conjunction with funding calls, University of Helsinki Data Support experts review data management plans on request. 

Current on research data services
  • The Think Open blog publishes information on matters related to digital research services and open science. The library contributes to the blog together with other parties at the University.
  • OpenAIRE is engaged in building a body of services to promote open access to science across Europe. Helsinki University Library coordinates the OpenAIRE cooperation in Finland and provides information on the services.
  • CSC – IT Center for Science is a Finnish centre of expertise owned by the Finnish state and higher education institutions, providing high-quality services for research.
  • The Open Science Coordination in Finland website collects the most current information on ongoing open science projects.
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