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]


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

29-03-2021 Learn how to anonymize data. More information here.

03-03-2021 Do you know Data Agents and Data Advisor? More information here.

15-02-2021 Get to know the data agents: Dr. Kunal Bhattacharya. More information here.

12-02-2021 Influence by responding to the Research Data Management Survey. More information here.

27-01-2021 Attend research data management training! 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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Love Data Week Feb. 8-12 2021

Love Data Week is dedicated to spreading awareness of the importance of research data management. Take part in international events!
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Meet the data agent: Enrico Glerean

Enrico Glerean has a mission: make personal data in research as open as possible, while respecting the law and ethical principles. He teaches “good enough” practices in data management and scientific computing: “good enough” is the first step towards the “best” practices. In this article series Aalto University data agents, researchers and experts experienced in research data management are introduced.
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Meet the data agent: Richard Darst

Data agent Richard Darst calls for sense of proportion in expectations related to research data management. Instead of expecting everything to be perfect, he hopes everyone does things a little better in their next project. In this article series Aalto University data agents, researchers and experts experienced in research data management are introduced.
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