Research Data Management (RDM) and Open Science

Good research data management enables open science. Aalto University provides services, instructions and support to help researchers manage their data well. These pages are a collection of instructions and services available at Aalto, with links to selected external instructions added on.

Support and training for research data management

Any data-related requests may be sent to [email protected], which is read by a team of data experts (IT specialists, legal counsels, researchers, information specialists) who can answer your questions or direct the questions to the right specialists.

You can also discuss your questions personally with data agents, who are researchers experienced in RDM. Contact them directly or use the consultation hours to visit them.

Data agents and data advisor

Data Agents are researchers who work to improve data management in their department, school, or unit.

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Data support contacts

Contact interdisciplinary team in [email protected] to help you with your research data management needs.

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RDM training

There is a variety of training events and learning resources targeted to improve data management skills and knowledge of both researchers and support personnel.


Academy of Finland Data Management Plan (DMP) process

This page contains information on the Data Management Plan (DMP) process of Academy of Finland for the beneficiaries of the Academy of Finland.

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Data agents' consultation hours for research data management

You can contact the data agents or the data advisor by email. Please see the contact information at

Every Wednesday at 1-2 PM, one or several data agents will be present at Scicomp Garage to answer your questions. Join on Zoom via For instructions and practicalities, see In June-August, some sessions may be cancelled due to holidays and any questions will be responded to by contacting [email protected]

If you are not certain who to contact, please send your question to [email protected]


15-06-2021 Unite! staff gathered to define an open science and innovation roadmap. More information here.

09-06-2021 Meet the data expert: Eeva Savolainen. More information here.

31-05-2021 Meet the data expert: Maria Rehbinder. More information here.

26-05-2021 FAIRsFAIR Roadshow Finland 2 June. More information here.

21-05-2021 Meet the data expert: Ilari Lähteenmäki. More information here.

18-05-2021 Lucie Hradecká starts as Information Specialist in Research Services. More information here.

05-05-2021 Data management plan process of the Academy of Finland has changed. More information here.

Learn more on research data management

Take a look at these detailed guides to learn how to manage your research data from planning your research to publishing results.

Introduction to research data management and best practices

Research data management is important to prevent losing valuable data.

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Data Management Plan (DMP)

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal document that specifies how research data are handled during and after a research project. DMP identifies key actions to ensure that research data are of a high quality, safe, sustainable and, if possible, also accessible and reusable.

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Storage services for research data

Store your data in a service that enables backups, confidentiality or collaboration as needed.

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Data documentation, organization, and metadata

Metadata describes the research data. Information about the creator, license, relevant dates, and summary statistics can all be metadata.

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Publishing and reusing open data

Overview and instructions to services for sharing and publishing research data

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How to handle personal data in research?

Recognize whether you are processing personal data and follow these instructions to handle it correctly.

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Publishing and commercialization – Can I have both?

When following the guidelines presented in this page, it is possible to both commercialize and publish your research results.


Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

These are answers to the most common questions on research data management.

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Participant of the Unite! event
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Unite! staff gathered to define an open science and innovation roadmap

On the 8th and 9th of June 2021, Aalto led the first Unite!H2020 Bootcamp: “What is Open in Open Science?”
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Meet the data expert: Eeva Savolainen

Information specialist Eeva Savolainen participates in the research data support services of Aalto University as a member of Open Science and ACRIS team. Article series Meet the data expert introduces service personnel specialized in research data management support.
Senior legal counsel Maria Rehbinder
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Meet the data expert: Maria Rehbinder

Senior legal counsel Maria Rehbinder advises on the legal issues related to use of research data containing personal data. Article series Meet the data expert introduces service personnel specialized in research data management support.
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FAIRsFAIR Roadshow Finland 2 June

FAIRsFAIR will present some outputs and showcase practical tools for raising FAIR awareness and assessing the FAIRness of research datasets. We will also discuss the role of FAIR for researchers in managing their work in a digital environment.
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