The concept of open science has different definitions and includes multiple aspects and opportunities for you to consider what open science could mean throughout the research cycle. In general, open science refers to the efforts and mechanisms by which the findability, accessibility and (re)usability of scientific knowledge are promoted in the digital era. Open science encompasses:
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Openness as a strategy for responsible science and impactful research both empowers and democratizes science:
Hanken has been actively promoting open science and following the national and international principles and requirements of openness in science and research. Active promotion of open science is included as one of the key elements in Hanken 2030 Long-term Strategy. The main objectives are to advance open access to research outputs including scientific publications, research data and methods, and transparent and responsible assessment of research.
In August 2019, Hanken signed the Declaration for Open Science and Research (Finland) 2020-2025 and is committed to following the strategic principles, objectives, and action plans outlined in the four Policies of Open Science and Research in Finland to achieve the goals set out in the Declaration.
To continue to promote open science:
Metadata are data about data and describe the context, content, structure, compilation, and management of research data (See page 13 for the definition of data documentation which can be a readme file or metadata). It is through the metadata that the datasets become visible, findable and first assessed for downloads and reuse. Creating appropriate and rich metadata is the key to making data open, understandable, and reusable.
For a more detailed description, see the PDF file below – the updated version of Guidelines for Open Science and Research at Hanken (2021). See also the first version of Guidelines for Open Research at Hanken (2016).
Monitoring and evaluation work is being carried out on both Hanken’s and national level. The monitoring of the implementation of the open science policies is the responsibility of the National Open Science Coordination, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV). The Ministry of Education and Culture has assessed the maturity level of open science and research in Finnish research organisations based on the information available on each organisation’s external websites and data collected via requests for information.
At Hanken, the implementation of the Guidelines on open science and research will be monitored actively and related instructions be updated when necessary. The openness of publications is monitored by calculating the number and types of open access publications. These are reported in the annual publication reporting to the Ministry of Education and Culture. The number of published (meta)data of each Finnish organization is displayed under “Research data” in the National Research Information Hub. The Library extracts such reports from Haris database.
Hanken offers diverse and multi-professional services and training on open science strategies and practices to students, teachers, researchers and support services experts. Expertise in open science practices will be made an integral part of research training.
The training and support for open access publishing and research data management ensure that research outputs produced at Hanken are open and available for shared use, and compliant with relevant ethical principles and legal regulations. Open science and research services are compatible with national and international services.
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