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Launching the Open Science and Research Roadmap

On Tuesday 25th November, the Ministry of Education and Culture released The Open Science and Research Roadmap 2014–2017. The goal is for Finland to be the leading country for openness in science and research by 2017, and for the opportunities afforded by open science to be extensively harnessed in Finnish society.

One key objective is to publish publicly funded research results and data, and the methods used, so that they can be examined and used by any interested party.

Openness will always be the goal when it is legally and contractually possible. Further use of research results will not be unnecessarily restricted, and the terms and conditions of their use will be clearly defined.

The goal is a situation in which research results move freely throughout society – from one researcher or research team to another, between disciplines, to innovative businesses, and to decision-makers and citizens. Openness will be harnessed to give Finnish research an international competitive edge. The open science and research vision for 2017 is: "Open research leads to surprising discoveries and creative insights."

Promoting open science and research requires not only extensive involvement from the research community, but also cooperation and coordination, internalising new ways of working, and developments in research environments, researcher services and research infrastructures.

"Open science and research can significantly increase the quality and competitiveness of Finland's research and innovation system," says Director Riitta Maijala from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

"By increasing openness in research, we will simultaneously be improving the reliability, transparency, and impact of science. Openness creates additional opportunities for everyone to participate in scientific advancement and enables easier and more effective utilisation of research results," she continues.

According to Permanent Secretary Anita Lehikoinen, Finland's strengths will facilitate the implementation of the Open Science and Research Roadmap.

"Finland is one of the leading countries with regard to investments in R&D and innovation as a percentage of GDP. Finland's general strengths include a highly educated population and an operating environment with a positive attitude towards researchers. Finland can also make the jump to open science and research through national cooperation – something that is not possible in all countries."

The event also saw the launch of a million-euro funding call, 'Tieto käyttöön', which is seeking new ideas for, and new approaches to, harnessing the results of open science and research and increasing their social impact.

The Open Science and Research Roadmap was released at the Open Science and Research Forum held on November, 25th in Helsinki. Forum' presentations and video are available here.

For more information, please contact:

Open Science and Research: Director Riitta Maijala, Ministry of Education and Culture, tel. +358 (0)2953 30388

The Open Science and Research Initiative (ATT):

- Juha Haataja, Counsellor of Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, tel. +358 (0)2953 30089
- Sami Niinimäki, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture, tel. +358 (0)2953 30303
- Pirjo-Leena Forsström, Secretary General, CSC, tel. +358 (0)9 457 2273

Funding call 'Tieto käyttöön': Juha Haataja, Counsellor of Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, tel. +358 (0)2953 30089

More information about the Open Science and Research Initiative at: www.openscience.fi

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