It is recommended to follow FAIR –principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable) in research data management.
Research funders and publishers require opening the background materials of a study as far as possible, taking into account ethical and juridical constraints. According to the University of Eastern Finland’s data policy, research material related to research carried out with public funding is, in principle, open. Research data can be opened by depositing it to a national or international data repository or archive. If the research data cannot be opened for further use, then the descriptive information, i.e. metadata, should be shared openly.
Opening research data:
- improves the extensive usability and further utilisation of the research results
- advances research and enables new observations and phenomena to be discovered
- promotes research co-operation
- provides researchers equal opportunities to utilise research data
For a researcher, opening the data is a scientific merit, for the achievements in producing and sharing research data counts as scientific and societal impact in research work. Opening data is worth adding to your CV. Open data merits a researcher via citations to open access research data and publications produced from research data. Unused data is also recommended to be published. In order to make research data findable and utilisable, you should link sufficiently accurate descriptive information or metadata to the research data.
UEF eRepository (UEF eRepo) automatically compiles information from research data produced by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland from several different services, such as Etsin, Zenodo ja EUDAT ja Dryad. Research data produced by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland are recommended to be described in the national Etsin service using the Qvain tool. Also in cases when the data cannot be shared openly, the descriptive metadata can be shared. The public description of the data increases information about existing data and can, for example, create opportunities for cooperation, even if the data itself cannot be shared openly. Services suitable for opening research data are presented below.