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.


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.



28-09-2020 Attend research data management training! More information here.

10-08-2020 Ivika Jäger became a data agent in the School of Business (BIZ).

12-05-2020 Data agent from Computer Science, Richard Darst, co-organizes online CodeRefinery intended for researchers who want to learn about tools and best practices for version control in modern research software development (Git). More information:

08-05-2020 Aalto University released Open Science and Research Policy for comments from Aalto community. More information:

30-04-2020 CSC, a national IT Center for Science, organizes a webinar, 07.05, 10:00-11:30, about their services relevant for data management at different stages of research project:

27-04-2020 Data agent from Computer Science, Richard Darst, co-organizes online stream/show about scientific computing and research software. More information:

18-03-2020 There are changes in RDM training. Please, check "RDM training" section for more details.

05-03-2020 We are offering a series of Research Data Management training in March-May. Check "RDM training" section to get more information!

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.

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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Open access materials data in NOMAD

The NOMAD (Novel Materials Discovery) Repository and Archive is a repository specialized in materials science. It distributes both raw and processed data under a Creative Commons license.
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Kati Laakso starts as Data Advisor in Research Services

Kati Laakso works in Open Science and ACRIS team, focusing on research data management.
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Essi Viitanen starts as Senior Advisor in Research Services

Essi Viitanen works in Open Science and ACRIS team, mainly on ARTS related tasks.
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Eeva Savolainen starts as Information Specialist

Eeva Savolainen works in the Open Science and ACRIS team.
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