Open science and research

Open Science and Culture

Open Science represents a culture change in the way stakeholders in the research, education and knowledge exchange communities create, store, share and deliver the outputs of their activity. For universities and other stakeholders to embrace Open Science principles, policies and practices, there needs to be a culture change in these organisations if this transition is to be successfully negotiated (League of European Research Universities, LERU, 2018).

An Aalto pen lying on the page of a study book, students working in the background / photo by Aalto University, Aino Huovio

Aalto University has already taken several measures to encourage the openness of research and education. The roadmaps by LERU and UNIFI present us with concrete objectives  and steps of how to move forward.

Open Science and its role in universities:A roadmap for cultural change

Open Science and data: Action programme for the Finnish Scholary Community

Aalto University has signed DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment).

In Finland measures to rearch open culture has been developed by Open Science and its working groups.

Researcher assessment (recruiting, personal bonuses, project funding, expert tasks etc.) influences what is being studied by funding allocations, merits and structural processes of research organisations. Recommendations on assessments have been given internationally (e.g. DORA, Leiden Manifest) and nationally (Publication Forum and criteria of tenured professors by the Finnish Union of University Professors). A draft on recommendation for the responsible evaluation of a researcher guides in researcher evaluation, and its implementation, ethical conduct and transparency.

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