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Responsible RDI and education

Laurea promotes responsible research, development, innovation, and open learning in various ways.

Openness and responsibility are in accordance with Laurea’s values, policies and instructions, and they form the basis of Laurea’s activities and its cooperation with its multiple partners. Laurea promotes responsible research, development, innovation, and open learning in various ways.

Laurea educates its personnel and students on responsible openness, and the expertise on openness is strengthened in Laurea by combining digitality, service design, future foresight and co-creation. Special focus is given for citizen science and engagement of citizens in the development of their own surroundings, communities and well-being.

A key actor in the promotion, development and strengthening of responsible open practices is Laurea’s Open Corner service and network. Open Corner handles questions and challenges related to openness, cooperates with national network and promotes open practices, instructions and training in Laurea. Contact:

Open operational culture

Laurea’s values are openness, effectiveness and responsibility: 

  • Openness means transparent operations.  Competence, knowledge and materials are distributed openly within the Laurea community. Openness thus creates mutual trust, which is the prerequisite for successful co-creation and operations.
  • Effectiveness guides all activities at Laurea. Laurea’s social impact encompasses the development of workplace competence and dynamism in the Uusimaa region.
  • Responsibility means collaborating and taking responsibility for the results of our work. Laurea promotes economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development in all its operations. Laurea creates new solutions for sustainable development through its teaching and R&D activities.

Laurea’s  operational culture strives towards openness within the boundaries of law, ethics and agreements. Laurea’s services and infrastructures support responsible openness, and the personnel is encouraged to apply open practices in their work. 

Openness is subject to evaluation. In 2020 Laurea reached highest level (5/5) in the Ministry of Culture and Education’s openness evaluation. Laurea’s profile, areas of development and responsibilities concerning openness will be précised in Laurea’s roadmap for openness that will be completed in 2022.

On the national level, the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies coordinates the promotion of open science and research. The federation has divided the coordination into four areas that are:

  • Open operational culture
  • Open data
  • Open access
  • Open education

Laurea is committed to national declaration for open science and research. The recommendations of the declaration and the policies that complement it guide Laurea’s work on openness.  

Next, we introduce the main guidelines of open publishing, open RDI and open learning in Laurea. 

Open publishing

Open publishing refers to publications that are in their entirety available on the Internet free of charge and without restrictions to read, print, and copy at least for non-commercial use. Laurea is committed to open publishing, and in 2021 altogether 95% of Laurea’s publications were published open access.

Laurea’s own publication channels, Laurea Journal and Laurea Publications series are published under open CC BY-SA-license. When publishing outside of Laurea, Laurea’s personnel is encouraged to choose open access publication channels if possible. If the original publication is not openly accessible, Laurea’s publishing services self-archives an open access copy of the article in Theseus, unless the publisher’s policies prevent it. 

Open access publishing entails costs, and among these are APC-fees charged by most academic journals. Laurea has an established process for handling APC-fees, and Laurea’s Publication services report paid APC-fees to Open APC database on a yearly basis.

Laurea’s publication services help in questions related to open publishing, CC-licences, APC-fees etc. For more information, please consult our LibGuide or contact us at 

Open research and development

Open research and development (RDI) means as open availability and usability of the research methods, data, results and publications as possible. Openness increases the transparency of RDI, and enables the re-use of research data and results. It also enhances the societal impact of RDI activities and encourages the spreading of innovations.

Open RDI goes hand in hand with co-creation as they both aim to promote the engagement of third parties (ie. companies, citizens, decision makers, communities) in the production and utilization of data.

Data management is an essential part of Laurea’s open RDI, and the principles for opening up of particular project’s research data are stated in RDI the projects’ data management plans. The plans acknowledge the boundaries of openness set by research ethics and jurisprudence, and the decisions to open data never violate these limits.

One of Laurea’s strategic goals is to gather longitudinal data that can be utilized in study modules, education and RDI. The idea is to gather data related to certain phenomena from chosen study modules, so that the data accumulates and becomes richer year by year. In the long term, the data will be opened, so that it can be used by different actors and thus benefit the society.

Check our Data Catalog

Laurea’s data management policy

The so-called FAIR-principles form the basis of Laurea’s data management practices. According to the FAIR principles, the data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable.

Laurea never discloses confidential data provided by partner companies, but otherwise Laurea encourages responsible and ethical data sharing within the limits of data protection. Each person in Laurea is responsible of good data management practice.

Laurea offers training and guidance on questions related to data management and data protection. Laurea’s RDI data management infrastructure provides help on management, use, findability, and responsible and ethical sharing of data. More information:  Laurea’s intranet and

Open RDI integrated learning

Open RDI integrated learning (RDIL) refers to a functional entity formed by research, development and innovation activities and teaching. In open RDIL learning and teaching take place at working life settings and the focus is on resolving actual working-life challenges. In these tasks, the requisites of open RDI and open learning are both taken into account. Opening up RDIL enhances its quality and speeds up the production of information in regional development.  

Laurea’s pedagogical model Learning by Development (LbD) forms the basis for the integration of RDI activities and teaching. In addition, Laurea is currently working on a policy on open learning materials. The aim of this policy is to promote Laurea’s open operational structure in open RDIL, and to develop operational models towards the goals set in the national open science policies. 

Contact: Open Corner


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