Research Data Guide

Managing research data

UNIFI open science and data action plan for Finnish universities

UNIFI (2018) Avoin tiede ja data. Toimenpideohjelma suomalaisille tiedeyhteisölle  (open science and data action plan for Finnish universities)
  • UNIFI is a co-operational organisation for Finnish universities

Responsible Research at the UOulu

Responsible Research in the University of Oulu (published 12/2018)

  • Foudations of the  program: quality, transparency, openness, collaboration and impact

Data Specialists in faculties and focus institutes at UOulu

In matters related to data management, please contact your unit’s data specialist or researchdata@oulu.fi
For more information, please contact: Miki Kallio, miki.kallio@oulu.fi, Unit for Strategy and Science Policy

Benefits of managing research data

The benefits of managing your data include:

  • Meeting funding body grant requirements.
  • Ensuring research integrity and reproducibility.
  • Increasing your research impact.
  • Ensuring research data and records are accurate, complete, authentic and reliable.
  • Saving time and resources in the long run.
  • Enhancing data security and minimizing the risk of data loss.
  • Preventing duplication of effort by enabling others to use your data.
  • Complying with practices conducted in industry and commerce.

Read more Data, Scientific; Astell, Mathias (2017): Benefits of Open Research Data Infographic. figshare. Figure. 

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Benefits of opening and sharing research (meta)data

  • increases researcher and research visibility
  • increases impact & citation counts of research
  • improves the quality of research
  • improves innovativeness
  • saves time and resources
  • increases opportunities for collaboration across organizational and disciplinary boundaries

Barriers to data sharing

Barrier to data sharing can be financial or issues related to data confidentiality or ownership.

The sensitivity of personal information about human subjects cannot be overstated. However, it is entirely feasible to anonymise such data so that it may be freely and safely shared with others. Read more about sharing medical data.