Open Science Expert Panels

Open Science expert panels are the powerhouse of Open Science coordination in Finland. Expert panels gather open science pioneers, experts and supporting staff together. The expert panels identify key challenges and opportunities to advance open science as well as take a leading role in preparing drafts for national open science strategies.

There are four open science expert panels focusing on key areas of open science:

  • Open Access to research publications
  • Open Data
  • Open Education
  • Culture for Open Scholarships.

Anyone is welcome to join an expert panel based on their interests and expertise. The working language of expert panels is Finnish unless otherwise stated. The expert panels meet formally bi-annually during the November and May National Open Science Forum. Most expert panels also meet in October and March for a one day workshop. If you are interested in joining a working group, please email

Most expert panels form specific working groups to prepare statements and recommendations on key themes they have identified. Working groups have a fixed term and clear set of desired outcomes.

Working groups as of May 2019 are:

Open data:

  • Identifying existing research data in organisations
  • Open data learning requirements and opportunities
  • Research data linking and citation guidelines
  • Open data services for researchers
  • Drafting Scholarly community's national strategy for open data


Open Access

  • Drafting national strategy and implementation for Open Access


Open Education – thematic strands

  • Defining Open Education
  • Collaboration with Open Educational Resources project with CSC
  • Copyright and agreements for Open Educational Resources
  • Promoting Open Education
  • Drafting Scholarly community's national strategy for Open Education
  • Collaboration with Scholarly Communication project


Culture of Open Scholarship

  • Sharing best practices for Open Science
  • Open scholarship philosophy discussion forum
  • Open science in the society


Concluded working groups

  • Data ownership and licensing – May 2019
  • Sensitive data guidelines -  May 2019