Open and Discover Data

Sharing and re-using data are increasingly important parts of the scientific process. When considering whether you should make your data available for reuse, the rule of thumb is to make the data "as open as possible, as closed as necessary". Remember to consider IPR, legal and ethical issues when opening data. If it's not possible to open the data, it's recommended to open at least the descriptive metadata.

Services for opening and publishing research data

Services listed below are Finnish or produced in collaboration with CSC. Services are free-of-charge for end users. In addition to the services listed here, there are multiple recommended repositories available. You can search for suitable options at Re3data, the Registry of Research Data Repositories . If possible, use discipline specific repositories for your data. We recommend contacting your home organisation's data support for more guidance in opening research data.

Social sciences and language resources

Deposition and resources for digital humanities, interviews, and language research (text, speech or video).

Finnish Social Science Data Archive (Tietoarkisto) »
The Language Bank Of Finland (Kielipankki) »

Sensitive data

If you plan to share or publish your sensitive data you must ensure that your data are appropriate and safe to share.

Read more about sensitive data services »

When publishing / opening research data, remember to share it together with its descriptive information (metadata) so it can be interpreted correctly. The published data should also have a persistent identifier, which enables citations, as well as a license. These enable other people to discover your data and make it re-usable. You can find guidance for publishing research data in CSC Docs.

Benefits of opening data. 1) Visibility for your research: new opportunities for collaboration, more merits and funding opportunities through increased visibility. 2) Discoverability of data by search engines (PIDs), citation system and bookkeeping of data downloads. 3) Efficient use of research funds. 4) Comply with funders' mandates and publishers' requirements. 5) Transparency of data: reproducible results and new analyses to be conducted. 6) Access and make use of the data even after the project. License: CC BY 4.0.

License: CC BY 4.0

Discover Research Data

When utilising and re-using data collected or produced by others the origin, content, location, license, restrictions of use, and other necessary information are needed. Search services include descriptive information (metadata) on research datasets. The better the description of the dataset is, the easier it is to find and use it. Existing research datasets may be available for reuse.

Fairdata Etsin – Research Data Finder

Etsin enables you to find research datasets from all fields of science. The published dataset metadata are open to everyone. The data publisher defines how the underlying research data can be accessed and by whom.

Go to Fairdata Etsin – Research Data Finder »


B2FIND is a discovery service based on metadata steadily harvested from research data collections from EUDAT data centres and other repositories.

Go to B2FIND »
Read more about EUDAT services for Finnish users »

Datasets by discipline

CSC hosts or provides access to several datasets on different platforms. You can find specific Datasets available for biosciences, chemistry, digital humanities, geosciences, language research and social sciences.

Open data publishing platform AVAA »
Paituli spatial data service »
Datasets by disclipline available for computing »