Open science

Open science and research are tightly interwoven in the activities of Tampere higher education community. Scientific publications and theses, research data and methods produced within Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences are primarily open and meant for cooperative use.

We appreciate openness of science and support its fulfilment. The main ambitions and characteristics of open science are:

  • publication of research results, research data, source code and methods in such a way that they can be accessed and used
  • transparency, findability and reusability of research methods, research data and results
  • benefits to society, to science and to the researcher

Openness promotes science and the development of scientific community:

  • enhancing and ensuring the quality of scientific knowledge
  • strengthening the reliability and transparency of research
  • increasing the possibilities to utilise scientific knowledge and scientific methods in research, teaching and studying
  • enabling and enriching mutual collaboration between researchers
  • increasing the impact of research in society

The openness of science is an integral part of good scientific practice and researcher skills. Tampere University Library offers support for open publishing and management of research data. It advises also on monitoring research impact and visibility and using Tampere Universities' research information systems.

The Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD), which operates as a separate unit of Tampere University, has worked to promote open science in Finland for over 20 years. FSD’s Aila Data Service allows users to browse the FSD data catalogue, search for data, read data descriptions, and download data. The data descriptions in Finnish and in English also contain in-depth information on how the data were collected.

Our Open Science guideline defines the general principles of openness and the specific principles of open publishing and data. We also disclose how we monitor and assess the progress and impact of open science. In order to implement the open science policy, we have prepared separate action plans for Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences. The action plan for Tampere University of Applied Sciences will be published later in the spring.