National Research Information Hub will offer a comprehensive access point for research being conducted in Finland

Utilizing research information will become more accessible in future thanks to the National Research Information Hub. The forthcoming new service gathers together metadata about publications, data, research infrastructures, researchers, projects and research organizations.

The amount of information gathered from research is constantly increasing, yet still, researchers and research organizations are documenting same information to numerous different systems and warehouses, over and over again. Often this is caused by the fact that each of the individual organizations (e.g. research organizations, funders, data providers) are only responsible for their own information systems. The core idea of the National Research Information Hub is to allow information filed in one system to be utilized in other systems as well. Thanks to the National Research Information Hub, the bureaucratic burden lightens when filing and sharing information can be automatically transferred from one system to another.

The National Research Information Hub won’t replace organizations own information systems nor international information systems. Rather, the National Research Information Hub will improve the already existing systems by combing their information on a national level. In addition, the Hub will utilize infrastructure that is already existing or currently being constructed in a cost-efficient manner. The National Research Information Hub will provide a single, uniform, open and comprehensive access point for all the research being conducted in Finland. In other words, in future, it is easy to check what research is currently being conducted in a given field, who are the researchers involved and what kind of research results and other outputs they have made.

The Hub will offer countless new benefits and applications to information that is already existing. A researcher can utilize his/her information more flexible in different services, and interlinked studies can be linked to each other. Research information is also better available to the public audience and media. Research organizations and funders can benefit from up-to-date and harmonious information and moving information between organizations becomes easier.

The planning for the National Research Information Hub was launched in 2017. The execution will be done in steps, and everything should be ready by 2020. Ministry of Education and Culture (MINEDU) has authorised the implementation of the National Research Information Hub to CSC. During the year 2018 the Hub will contain publication information gathered from the universities and other research organizations. In 2019, research funder’s information about funding decisions and research infrastructures will be added to the Hub. The following steps will include descriptions of the research data and information about those researchers, who have given permission for harvesting their data from selected services.

MINEDU has nominated the boards and steering groups for the research administration of the information sources and research information hub. They work during 2017-2020. The board, for example, discusses ways to lighten researchers and administration workload, recognizes research administration information needs and enhances collaboration and cooperation. The steering group guides the service development and coordinated national level collaboration.

This blog and the forthcoming posts will introduce how the National Research information Hub development proceeds and other matters that are relevant to the project. In addition, the blog will share insights on the international trends and events in the field. The Hub will bear countless new opportunities for utilizing research information. In line with Karl-Erik Michelsen, who wrote about better utilization of the research proposals that are left without funding, the hub can offer opportunities for new innovative solutions. Or, another example, the Hub can promote and add our knowledge about a wider range of successful Finnish researchers, as asked in ‘vaihtoehto Eskolle‘ -campaign [“alternatives for Esko “]. We are looking forward hearing your ideas about the many ways of how the National Research Information Hub can be used! Remember to also follow our Twitter -account @tutkimustieto.

Jukka Haapamäki                                                                                                                           The author works as a Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Education and Culture, and functions as the chairman of the National Research Information Hub steering group.

 

Karl-Erik Michelsen’s post available in http://blogi.professoriliitto.fi/karl-erik-michelsen/tutkimusrahoituksen-slush-tapahtuma/ [Finnish only]

Vaihtoehto Eskolle -campaign available at http://vaihtoehtoeskolle.fi/in-eng/