This is a lightning talk I gave at the Knowledge Exchange Pathways to Open Science event in Helsinki today as part of the 'Benefits, risks & limitations of Open Scholarship' theme. I am a doctoral student in economic and social history at the University of Helsinki. One of the research questions I am working on … Continue reading Closed for good? – How ethical issues can limit openness
My research and hence this blog have both been on a slow-burner for a couple of months now. The reason has been that I have subjected my research plan to ethical review by the University of Helsinki Ethical Review Board in the Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. I have now received a positive statement … Continue reading Ethical evaluation: passed
Interviewing as a method of acquiring research material calls for a lot of sensitivity. When doing a research interview, you try to influence the person you are talking to as little as possible. If the other one is searching for right words, you don't jump in with helpful suggestions, like you might normally. You certainly … Continue reading Can too much openness ruin a research interview?
I have recently come across some discussion concerning the concept of research misconduct and whether withholding data falls into the category. While not sharing data when publishing research results is definitely problematic behavior in my books, I wouldn’t go as far as calling it research misconduct. I have two reasons for this opinion: firstly, withholding … Continue reading What is research misconduct and why it matters for open science
It seems that the academic article is currently more part of the problem than the solution for the scientific community. The race for the biggest impact and the so called "publish or perish" mentality are responsible for many ethically dubious practices, such as dissecting research results in order to produce the maximum number of articles, inflating … Continue reading The case against the journal article
I know, for someone doing an open research project I have been awfully quiet lately. My contract at the Open Science and Research Initiative ended on 30 April and since then I have concentrated on my dissertation. Except I haven't. So what have I been up to lately, instead of what I should have been … Continue reading On not-research, case-studies and irony
(This is a piece I wrote a couple years ago as an exercise for a course on science communication. I thought why not throw it into the internets, instead of sitting on it forever.) Writing is quickly taking over the place of reading as the favored pass-time of the literate. During the 19th century Finnish … Continue reading When everyone is a writer, who reads?
Open science has emerged on the global research agenda so quickly, that the research integrity guidelines haven't been able to keep up to speed. Many of the principles are of course so general, that they apply to all fields and types of research. But there are many practical issues that need to be addressed. Below … Continue reading Research integrity in the open era
The Open Science and Research initiative, which I work for, held a seminar today. The most inspiring part of the program was a panel, which discussed how researchers could be engaged into opening their work and what kind of skills and support they need in order to do that. One of the speakers was Samuli … Continue reading Science on Blogspot
I published my research plan along with my CV yesterday on this blog (here). I downloaded the document in PDF format to Google Drive and shared the link. It was scary. Even though I am currently working for a governmental initiative designed to increase openness in science (Open Science and Research Initiative) I don' t … Continue reading Openness is scary