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Research Data Management


In this guide, you will find basic information about research data management at the University of Lapland. Please notice that the guide is going to be updated during autumn 2022.

Research data management at the University of Lapland is guided by our Data Policy. It requires that research data related to published research results and produced with public funds should be as open as possible. The management and opening of research data must follow the guidelines of responsible conduct of research and ethical principles of The Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK).

If you need help with research data management or with data management planning, please contact us at

The video produced by CSC will introduce the basics of research data management as well as the concept of FAIR data. (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Why manage your data?

The management of research data refers to creating and storing research data and related descriptive metadata so as to preserve the usability and reliability of the material, taking into account confidentiality and data protection issues throughout the lifespan of the data. Good data manaagement means, that you:

  • Ensure the quality of your own work
  • Facilitate your own work, especially if something causes a pause in your work (maternity leave, sick leave, intensive teaching period etc.)
  • Facilitate the work of your cooperators or your possible successor
  • Save time
  • Fulfill the requirements of the research funders
  • Fulfill the requirements of the GDPR if you are using personal data in your research
  • Enable opening your data for reuse in your or other researchers’ future projects

Data management guides

OpenAire - the EU’s instructions on research data management