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

Aalto University offers support in data management through the dedicated [email protected] email service which provides researchers with personalised assistance. We also have a network of Data Agents, who are researchers specialising in research data, that are based at departments to help with the discipline-specific challenges of research data. Aalto University also provides a broad range of training sessions, which are also free and open to participants from outside of the university.

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Data Agents

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

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Training in Research Data Management and Open Science

We offer free and open to all training in research data management and open science.


Funders' open science requirements

Research funders want to promote open science and research, which is why they set requirements for the openness of research publications and data they are funding. European Commission (EC) and Research Council of Finland (former Academy of Finland) are participating in the open access initiative Plan S, which affects the open access and open data requirements in calls starting in 2021.

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Learn about research data management

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

Introduction to research data management

Properly managed research data creates competitive edge and is an important part of a high-quality research process.

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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.

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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, folder organization, and describing datasets in repositories

Data documentation, organization, and publishing and describing datasets in data repositories helps to ensure the usability and comprehensibility of your research data.

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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.

Personal data

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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FAIR data

FAIR is an acronym used to describe best practices in open data. It promotes data that is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.

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Enriqueta Noriega Benitez and Thuy-Linh Phi started as Data Agents at the School of Chemical Engineering

Two new data agents joined the Aalto Research Data Management Network in the spring of 2023.
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Register for training in research data management and open science

New topics included! Registrations for autumn 2023 are open.
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Are you our new ELEC Data Agent?

Apply to be the next Data Agent from the School of Electrical Engineering.
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New concise process available for research ethics statement requests

At Aalto University there are now two processes open for research ethics statement requests: the committee (full) process and concise process with committee chair decision.
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