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Open science and research

The objective of open science and research is that all information and knowledge produced by public funding is openly accessible within the limits of research ethics and legislation. The openness of operational culture enhances the quality, reliability, visibility and societal impact of research as well as promote cooperation and creation of new innovations. Ministry of Education and Culture (MINEDU) as well as many research funding authorities also require openness of research from higher education institutes. Regional cooperation with Health Campus Turku knowledge cluster and Open science network coordinated by City of Turku.

Open RDI activities at Turku UAS

Universities of applied sciences carry out the practices of open science and research through open RDI operations.

Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turku UAS) is committed to promoting the practices of open science and research: our RDI activity must be as open as possible and as closed as necessary. We recommend Creative Commons 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) licensing for sharing. RDI activities are to follow good data management methods, principles of research ethics, legislation as well as funding conditions and agreements applying to RDI operations. Confidential and sensitive information shall be protected, and the principles of data security and protection are followed. Turku UAS Legal Services maintain a knowledge base for agreements which is used in external cooperation as well.

The principles of open RDI activities at Turku University of Applied Sciences  (pdf) have been adopted through the decision by Vice Rector on 1 January 2017.

Open science support services in Turku UAS

Turku UAS open science support services are coordinated by Library and Information Services. Open science support team promotes open science practices and offers guidance to Turku UAS RDI operators as well as students in questions related to open science. Open science support team consists of experts from wide range of Corporate Services:

  • Library and Information services focusing on collecting publication information and self-archiving
  • Future Learning Design focusing on thesis-related issues and students´ project environments
  • Legal Services focusing on legislation, IPR and ethical issues
  • Learning Environment Services focusing on IT and data protection
  • RDI-Services focusing on data management
  • Communication Services focusing on issues related to publications.

Contact the open science experts by sending email to openscience@turkuamk.fi.

Open research data

During the research and development processes, different types of research data are used and gathered. The materials, methods and results produced in the RDI activities of Turku UAS shall be open access, unless otherwise agreed case-specifically e.g. due to the requirements of data protection or objectives relating to the commercialization of the data.

The principles of research data management at Turku University of Applied Sciences  (pdf) describes the principles and policies regarding the handling of material generated in research, development and innovation (RDI) activities.

Open access publishing

Turku UAS encourages towards open access publishing. Open access refers to having the publications permanently accessible online without any compensation. In the Turku UAS publication series and other publishing channels of Turku UAS , the focus is on open access publishing. The publications by Turku UAS staff members are self-archived if possible in the Turku UAS open access repository Theseus to be permanently available.

RDI environments and infrastructures at Turku UAS

The RDI environments and infrastructures form an essential part of the competence of universities of applied sciences. They support learning as well as research and innovation operations. You can find information on the RDI environments and infrastructures at Turku UAS on the service directory at Turku UAS website.

Strengthening open science competencies

Open science support team visits research groups and units to discuss and promote open science practices. Open science experts give talks in seminars, for example Doctorate Accelertor (Tohtorikiihdyttämö in Finnish) , as well as teach open science practices in open Turku UAS course Academic Writing .

Open science guides (in Finnish) offer further guidance on how to promote open science practices. Open science experts can be reached by email (openscience@turkuamk.fi) for help and guidance.