An open and inclusive process for new guidelines for open science: policy documents in the hands of the library

Open science is no longer a new undertaking for university libraries. Its forms and conten, however, has changed since the beginning: new international and national policies have seen the light of day and some of the tasks have been standardised and have reached a maturity level which warrants a renewal of the local policies at …

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Transforming the Markets and Ecosystem of Scientific Publishing – PUBMET 2023

The PUBMET conference held in Zadar, Croatia, celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. Originating as a small, initially local conference, it has grown into an internationally significant forum for open publishing discussions, attracting influential speakers in the field every year.  Changing Research Publications from Commodities to Public Goods  The highlight of this year’s conference was …

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Developing open learning cooperation

Teaching is once again experiencing the winds of change, and this is also the case at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). Recently, flexible learning and the openness of learning and teaching have been on the surface. The openness of learning is a natural part of flexible learning, where everyone has more opportunities to learn …

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RRS discussed at FUN’s webinar in August

As part of the measures of its current strategy period, FUN organized an invitational webinar on RRS (Rights Retention Strategy) for university library managers and experts from their organizations. Obstacles to the open publication of research results served as the bridge for the webinar. Open publication of research results is a prerequisite for everyone to …

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Academic year is starting

Autumn brings a lot of working group activities. FUN has returned from summer holidays. The work started in mid-August when FUN organized an RRS webinar where experts could exchange ideas about the current Rights Retention Strategy (RRS). FUN’s working committee met on August 22nd, when it was decided, among other things, to establish a working …

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FUN Staff Visit to Joensuu

Over the spring week of 8.-11.5., I had the pleasure of being accepted into FUN Finnish University Libraries’ Network’s staff visit program, with the University of Eastern Finland’s Joensuu campus as my destination. I had been mulling over the idea of getting to know another university library’s practices and facilities for a while now, especially …

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FUN’s Action Plan 2023-24 points towards the future

Were I to describe the new action plan of the University Libraries’ Network with few words, they would be cooperation, open science, change in materials, and futures thinking. FUN Finnish University Libraries’ Network held its first meeting of the year 2023 at the beginning of February, when a new action plan, prepared by the new …

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AI and Information Retrieval

The seemingly fast-paced development of artificial intelligence software has been a topic of much discussion in both mainstream media as well as the internal channels of individual institutes. Linked below is an interesting and thorough insight into the workings of the ChatGPT chatbot from the perspective of library information specialists, written by Maarit Putous and …

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Digivisio and Learning Materials

The purpose of the Digivisio 2030 project is to create an ecosystem of learning that is based on digital services, one that would be available to all learners regardless of their previous background. The project will create a platform that allows learners to complete their studies continuously and across higher education boundaries. The success of …

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Bibliometrics seminar on April 2022

The Ministry of Education and Culture, FUN Finnish University Libraries’ Network, the Helsinki University Library, the Academy of Finland, and CSC – IT Center for Science will organize a seminar on bibliometrics on 12 April 2022. The themes of the event this year are knowledge ecosystems and responsible evaluation. The seminar is intended for all …

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