Open your data

Opening your own data makes the world a better place, but it also directly benefits your research.

  • You will find your own datasets faster and more reliably in the future for re-use - no matter how many years, new computers, new working institutions, or even new continents, you've gone through in between.
  • Was it ever difficult to remember what this or that column in an old dataset of your own actually means? Or decide who deserves a co-authorship in new research using old data? Your own research is easier and meets higher quality standards, when that metadata too is archived from the beginning and published.
  • Your research gets cited through datasets too, and you are easier to find = new contacts in your field of research, more name recognition, more opportunities to do interesting and rewarding science.
  • Published datasets are already a significant item in evaluation of researcher merit, in many funding and research institutions. The weight of this contribution to science when awarding grants and positions is only going to increase in the future. Be in the vanguard and open everything you can: you will gain a competitive edge in funding applications and in other situations where your research merit is judged. For example when you apply for tenure in 2020's!
  • Most importantly: your research's chance to impact the world grows, a lot.

You can get started in publishing your data right away, even before you've collected the data

Create a preliminary metadata -entry for the future dataset at ETSIN service (more advanced Qvain service will replaces this soon, stay tuned at here), or at University of Jyväskylä's own metadata service (coming soon).

Creating the metadata entry does not mean the dataset is immediately published, you can keep the entry private or only shared among your team, until you are ready to open it to the world. But the initiated metadata entry enables early-stage support from University of Jyväskylä in your data management issues.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact