The concept of open science has different definitions and includes multiple aspects and opportunities for you to consider what open science could mean for you 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 open research outcomes, including Open access to research publications, Open access to research data and methods, open source code, and Open scholarship culture. In addition to open research, open science as an umbrella term encompasses other aspects of science such as Open education.
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Openness as a strategy for responsible science and impactful research both empowers and democratizes science:
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 dataset 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.
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Monitoring and evaluation of the progress and impact of open science are being carried out on both Hanken’s and national level:
The monitoring of the implementation of the open science policies in Finnish universities and organizations is the responsibility of the Open Science Coordination at the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV). A new open science monitoring model will be completed by the working group set up by the national steering group on open science and research before the end of 2021. The aim is to start implementing the monitoring model in 2022. The Ministry of Education and Culture has assessed the openness maturity level in Finnish research organisations based on the information available on each organisation’s external website 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 and datasets are monitored by calculating the numbers and types of open access publications and published (meta)data. Hanken provides diverse training on open science strategies and practices to students, teachers, researchers and support services experts to ensure that expertise in open science practices be made an integral part of research training and research skills.
Hanken offers diverse and multi-professional services and training in open science practices throughout the research lifecycle:
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.
Picture: Declaration for Open Science and Research (Finland) 2020-2025