About the service
What is Research.fi?
Research.fi is a service offered by the Ministry of Education and Culture that collects and shares information on research conducted in Finland. The service improves the location of information and experts on research and increases the visibility and societal impact of Finnish research.
The service was launched in June 2020 and will be developed in phases. At the moment, the service contains information on the Finnish research system, publications by Finnish organizations, projects funded by public and private research funders, and statistical information on the development of research resources and impact.
In the future, the service will improve, for example, the coverage of information and it will be expanded with new datasets. In addition to the current content, more information will be added to the service later, including information on researchers operating in Finland, research data produced by them and their other research activities, and more broadly on the Finnish research and innovation system. The search features of the service will be improved and functionalities for viewing the data in a graphic format will be added to it.
Commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the service was launched by CSC - IT Center for Science in cooperation with higher education institutions, other research organizations and research funders.
What information does the service have and where does it come from?
The service automatically updates information already found in the systems of universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutes, university hospitals, and research funders.
Because information is not entered in the service manually, it does not increase researchers’ reporting or other administrative work. The service contains descriptive information that makes it easy to find, for example, open access publications and research data.
The comprehensiveness and timeliness of the information depends on the organizations providing the information, and each organization is responsible for the accuracy of its own information. Submitting information is mainly voluntary. Only the submission of publication information is mandatory for higher education institutions.
Publication information consists of information submitted by Finnish universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutes and university hospitals in the data collection of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The service contains metadata for more than 400,000 publications in Finland.
The data is collected through the national VIRTA publication information service VIRTA-julkaisutietopalvelun , and the data is used, for example, as calculation criteria for the basic funding of higher education institutions (see OKM/2018/116 and OKM/2018/119 ). Until now, the information has been published in the Juuli Finnish Research Publications Portal.
The submission of publication information to the Ministry of Education and Culture has been mandatory for universities and universities of applied sciences since 2011. Some organizations have also submitted older publications, even as far back as the 1970s, but their information may be incomplete.
For organizations other than universities and universities of applied sciences, the Ministry of Education and Culture collects publication information on a voluntary basis. University hospitals have also been submitting their information since 2011, and research institutes have joined the data collection gradually since 2014.
Research.fi collects information on projects funded by public and private research funders. The funding providers transfer information on their funding decisions from their own funding systems to the project information resource on a timetable of their own choosing.
The service currently includes the most recent funding decisions issued by the Academy of Finland, Business Finland and some private research funding foundations. In addition, information on the funding received by Finnish organizations from the Horizon2020 funding program has been imported into the service from the European Commission's CORDIS database.
Funding decision information only includes the amount granted in the funding decision of funders, not the total costs of the project. At a later stage, it is also possible to compile project information, for example, from the systems of higher education institutions and other research organizations.
Research infrastructures are key national research instruments, equipment, materials and services that enable and support research, researcher education, and teaching as well as develop research and innovation capacity. Research.fi promotes the joint use and openness of research infrastructures by describing and presenting research infrastructures and their services in a uniform manner.
A research infrastructure can be a large national or international entity jointly managed by several organizations. It can also be managed by one organization and only used by its own research group. Research infrastructure may also have, for example, services aimed at companies.
The submission of information on research infrastructures and the comprehensiveness and accuracy of the information are the responsibility of the organizations and bodies managing the infrastructures.
The service contains more detailed information on research and funding organizations which are submitting information to the service. Organization information is automatically compiled from the following sources:
- Business Information System
- Finto - Finnish Thesaurus and Ontology Service: Finnish community names
- Vipunen - Education Statistics Finland
Science and research news
The latest science and research news is automatically updated from RSS feeds provided by research organizations. Each organization decides what news are in the service.
A service feature is being developed in which the researcher can give permission to transfer their existing data from the ORCID service or from their home organization to be published on the research.fi service. Researcher information includes contact information, affiliations, training and qualifications, description of your own research, publications, materials, projects, and other research activities.
The researcher is able to create a profile for the service and select the information to be presented in it. Researchers can also connect publications, research data, projects, etc. already included in research.fi to their profile.
The researcher profile service is to be launched in 2021.
Research data (coming soon)
The service uses national Fairdata services , which contain information on Finnish research data, as a source of information for research data. Fairdata services contain descriptive data on research data saved by researchers themselves and transferred from research organizations.
The goal is to include research data as part of the Research.fi service by the end of 2020.
How do I use the service?
In the service, you can browse and search for information as well as share individual pages or records, for example, on social media.
At a later stage, the goal is to make it possible to also download information in the service to a file or retrieve it through a machine-readable API interface.
The service is constantly being developed. You can give feedback if you encounter problems with the service, if you have any suggestions for improving the service or if you find errors in the information.