Learn more about open science

Concepts and terminology

Definitions for the terms and concepts used in the open science policies of the Research Council of Finland can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page of cOAlition S.

Networks and platforms for open science

The Research Council of Finland is an active member of both Finnish and international open science networks.

Open Science National Coordination (Federation of Finnish Learned Societies)

cOAlition S

  • cOAlition S is a network of international funders that promotes the implementation of open access to scientific publications. The Research Council of Finland is a member of the network. COAlition S has developed the Plan S principles, which entered into force on 1 January 2021. In addition to the implementation of open access, cOAlition S promotes new ways of scientific publishing and the development of responsible research assessment.

Science Europe

  • Science Europe is an association representing major public organisations that fund or perform research. Its activities include working groups on open access to scientific publications and data management focusing on the promotion of open science. The Research Council of Finland is a member of Science Europe.


  • FinELib is a consortium of Finnish higher education institutions, research institutes and public libraries whose mission is to secure and improve the availability of electronic resources.

Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD)

  • The FSD archives and distributes research data for research, teaching and study and provides related services to researchers.

European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)

  • The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is an initiative that is aimed at creating a virtual environment where researchers can store, manage, analyse and share research data. In addition to the international framework, EOSC activities are also organised at national level


  • The OpenAIRE initiative supports open access to the activities and outputs of European infrastructure research projects and creates an infrastructure to improve the processing of research projects and research outputs.

More information

  • Senior Science Adviser Jyrki Hakapää, tel. +358 295 33 5020

Our email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi

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