The University of Oulu has improved the most in openness of science and research

The University of Oulu has been selected as the most improved organization in the openness review 2016 of universities and research institutes. The University of Oulu has improved by 30 points from last year.

This elevated the University of Oulu onto the second highest maturity level on the five-step scale. This result gives the University of Oulu the shared top rank together with Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Vice Rector for Research, Taina Pihlajaniemi is glad about the recognition that the work done in the University of Oulu has received.

“It is wonderful that we are the most improved together with Lappeenranta, and that we improved by two levels in the evaluation. To get to the very top level we need to keep on implementing our good principles and integrating them genuinely as part of implementing the strategy and the entire operations of the University.”

According to Pihlajaniemi, understanding our scores and efficiently utilizing the data produced elsewhere will solidify the position of the University of Oulu in the network of the world’s science community and increase our visibility in the society.

The principles of open science and research are incorporated in the strategy. In the actions, most advances have been made in the openness of publishing. Starting from 1 January 2017, publications by researchers have been open and accessible for both the science community and the public through the so-called parallel publishing system.

The award was handed out in the Nordic Open Science and Research Forum on 22 November. The award was received by informatician Mari Katvala and research coordinator Aija Ryyppö.

The Open Science and Research Initiative (ATT) was launched by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland. The Initiative evaluates the openness of the operational culture of research organizations annually. The survey attempts to chart how universities, research institutions, university hospitals and research financers are currently taking into account and supporting open science and research, how they recognize strengths and weaknesses in promoting openness, and what the areas for improvement are. These repeated accounts will make it possible to identify changes in openness in operational culture, and recognize areas which require work together.

Open science stands for aspirations to promote open operational models in scientific research. Open science improves the quality and transparency of research as well as the social significance of research by increasing the accessibility of information and the reuse of materials. Openness can be promoted in research environments by, for example, creating clear and open policies, good management of the lifespan of research information, and increasing knowhow related to openness.


Open science and research in the University of Oulu

Last updated: 11.1.2017