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Research Data: Start

Tips and support for data management for researchers at ÅAU

Life cycle

Research data that is generated, created or collected by researchers affiliated with Åbo Akademi University must be handled responsibly from beginning to end, in accordance with ÅAU's research data management policy. This guide provides information to help to find the right sources for support.

Your research data is valuable even after the project has ended and needs to be handled well throughout its life cycle. Properly managed, the data will provide referrals and enable collaboration in the long term and ensure the quality of science by enabling validation as well as reuse.


ÅAU Policy


1. Researchers at Åbo Akademi University manage their research data in accordance with current legislation and agreements, ethical principles and good scientific practice. Research data refer to all types of data: raw data, primary data, secondary data etc., and to all forms of data: measurements, statistics, artwork, recordings, transcriptions (for example interviews, questionnaires, observations etc.

2. When a research project is designed at Åbo Akademi University, a data management plan is made up for the research data generated by the project.

3. As support for making a data management plan, Åbo Akademi University recommends a qualified tool, such as the tool DMPTuuli. Åbo Akademi University Library follows the development and use of DMPTuuli and other associated tools. In addition, the Library arranges courses and support for users.

4. The starting point for data management at Åbo Akademi University is to promote transparency and shared use of data. However, the researcher himself/herself determines from case to case the level at which he/she can open and give access to data. Also, the researcher can choose to open only a part of the data. Data or parts of the data either can be completely open, or may be restricted, for example for research purposes.

5. Åbo Akademi University recommends that digital research data are stored in secure and qualified, national and international databases and storage services. Åbo Akademi University Library follows the use of storage services and gives support to users.

6. The researcher is responsible for providing sufficient metadata for his/her research data. Research data should be stored and recorded in such ways, that the data is accessible and usable later on, for example for reuse.