Research data and copyright

tekijä: Eeva Marjatta Koponen Viimeisin muutos perjantai 08. joulukuuta 2017, 14.47

Check first, if you could get your research data from archives such as Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) or The Language Bank of Finland.

Remember that you are allowed to save research data that includes personal data only in the protected workstation U: of the University!

EU’s General Data Protection Regulation will change data privacy legislation and its application in 2018. Read more.

If you decide to collect your own research data, there are a few things you need to check with your supervisor before you start collecting research data. Look into the regulations and principles of the University of Jyväskylä research ethics and Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK) and find out about the following things: 1) the principles of research ethics and 2) the principles of research data management.

1) Principles of research ethics

Ethical review may be needed to evaluate the possible negative effects and risks of a study in human sciences.

  • Do you need an ethical review for your planned research?
  • Ethical review: Request for statements regarding the ethical acceptability of the planned research. Statements are given by the Ethical Committee of the University of Jyväskylä. Statements must be requested before concrete steps are taken to begin the research.

Description of the research data file when collecting information from people or about people.

Issues concerning research frame and methods:

  • Recruitment process should be made clear in your cover letter for the participants or subjects in your study. You must report on the recruitment process when writing your work, so do it with consideration and forethought.
  • Information sheet for research subjects and consent to participate in research, the Ethical Committee of the University of Jyväskylä.
  • The consent and and permissions are related, among other things, to
      • what kind of information are you about to collect
      • how do you intend to use the collected information
      • is there further use for the collected information, either for yourself for another study or when you plan to save the data in an archive for other researchers to use.

Research data that you can use on request:

  • Research data in public archives, like Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) or The Language Bank of Finland.
  • Private archives and social media sites
    • always find out about the terms and conditions! For example with Facebooks, these change constantly.
    • In addition, always ask for permission from the individuals who contribute to the social media sites or forums in question. You must ask for permission to use their contributions as research data.
    • If you do not ask for permission, you might commit a crime by breaking privacy laws. This happens if the collected information contains personal details with identifiers or indirect identifiers without the individual's awareness.

2) Principles of research data management

In this context, research data is all that is created during the research process.