“Good scientific practice involves making sure that data is well documented and remains usable throughout the research process, and in such a way that results can be verified later. It is important that researchers and information systems are able to find and access compatible and reusable research outputs. To ensure this, the FAIR principles were set out by a consortium of scientists and organisations in 2016,” explains CSC’s data management specialist Minna Ahokas.
“With instructions and tools provided by ELIXIR, it is easier for researchers to make their data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.”
The RDMkit website, created in cooperation with the ELIXIR nodes of the member countries, aims to support and harmonise data management practices in Europe.
RDMkit includes instructions and tips concerning the entire life cycle of data – from data management planning and data analyses right up to publication and reuse.
“RDMkit has been implemented in a way that anyone dealing with data is able to access the tools. It offers not only instructions but also links to services that researchers and any support personnel may need at various stages of data management.”
Finland’s ELIXIR node, CSC, is one of the parties producing content and maintaining the toolkit.
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CSC – IT Center for Science
is a non-profit, state-owned company administered by the Ministry of Education and Culture. CSC maintains and develops the state-owned, centralised IT infrastructure.
builds infrastructure in support of the biological sector. It brings together the leading organisations of 21 Euro- pean countries and the EMBL European Molecular Bio- logy Laboratory to form a common infrastructure for biological information. CSC – IT Center for Science is the Finnish centre within this infrastructure.