The academic institutes open research data

The Academic Institutes’ Open Research Data project focuses on the institute’s digital research material and its open sharing.

A three-year project (2018-2020) in collaboration with the institutes in Athens, Japan, Middle East and Rome, the project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland.

During the project, the best ways of digitalization, digital conservation and open distribution of research material are surveyed. These will be used to create principles and operating models for the conservation and distribution of internationally and nationally important research material.

Every institute carries out a pilot project, where materials and publications of the institutes’ research projects are digitalized and openly published.

The aim is to bring the digital management of the academic institutes’ research material up to national and international standards. The project reinforces the openness and international character of the institutes’ research. Other aims are permanent partnerships with national experts, international research institutes and cultural memory organizations, attempting to find a mutual, cross-bordering solution to the digital management of research material and its long-term conservation.

The expected results are the following:
1. Guidelines for the principles and practices of the open sharing of data collection, for research permits and digital management (conservation and use), adapted to the local conditions of the institutes’ fields of study.
2. Permanent partnerships for managing and sharing research material with international research institutes and memory organizations.
3. Increase in the awareness and effectiveness of the institutes’ research and of Finnish research in general.
4. Making the institutes’ research part of international and national research infrastructures.
5. More visibility for the institutes’ research in Finland and support for citizen science by improving the accessibility of materials.

The progress is tracked by a steering group formed by a representative from every collaborating institute and four expert members. The project is administered by the Finnish Institute in Rome and the foundation Institutum Romanum Finlandiae.

Members of the steering group:

Kirsi Saarikangas, Rome
Arja Karivieri, Rome
Paula Havaste, Athens
Vesa Vahtikari, Athens
Inka Nokso-Koivisto, Middle East
Anna-Maria Wiljanen, Japan
Päivi Happonen, The National Archives of Finland
Maria Niku, The Finnish Literature Society (SKS)
Jyrki Ilva, The National Library of Finland
Jyrki Hakapää, The Academy of Finland

More information:

Kirsi Saarikangas, president of the steering group