Research Information Management Services

CSC's services for research information management offer solutions for commensurable and accessible data management at national level, be it in the case of publication, infrastructure or project information. 

VIRTA Publication Information Service

VIRTA Publication Information Service is a data warehouse that stores Finnish publication information in one place, providing commensurable data for multiple uses. Information is gathered automatically from research organizations' own publication databases or current research information systems (CRISes). If a research organization does not have its own system, information can be input through JUSTUS Publication Information Reporting Service.

VIRTA helps to reduce the administrative burden of researchers. The information in VIRTA can be transferred to research funders, publication or research data repositories, research infrastructure services, or other services used by researchers. This reduces the need to manually input the same information in several places. For example, the input of publication information is automated when reporting project output or applying funding from the Academy of Finland.

Publication information can be accessed through Juuli portal, which allows data to be searched and filtered. Statistical data of the publications available in Vipunen

The next step for VIRTA is to expand to a national research information data hub in order to cover other research outputs (for example projects, researchers, infrastructure and research data). VIRTA also supports ORCID researcher identifier

VIRTA is owned by Ministry of Education and Culture and developed by CSC – IT Center for Science.

JUSTUS Publication Information Reporting Service

JUSTUS Publication Information Reporting Service enables direct inputting of information to VIRTA Publication Information Service <sivun sisäinen linkki>, particularly in cases where a research organization does not have its own research information management system (CRIS). JUSTUS is used by almost all Finnish universities of applied sciences and three research institutions.

Research Infrastructures Database

The Research Infrastructure Database assembles and describes information of nationally significant infrastructures in one place and in a joint manner. The aim is to advance sharing, openness and efficient use of research infrastructures.

Currently, the service includes information on the Finnish research infrastructure strategy and roadmap 2014-2020 and other infrastructures funded by the Academy of Finland. In the next phase, 2019-2020, the service will gather infrastructure information from universities, polytechnics and research institutes. It will be merged to the National Research Information Hub <internal page link>. The current infrastructure portal will be operational until the Research Information Hub's portal is published.

The service is owned by the Ministry of Education and Culture and developed by CSC.

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National Research Funding Database

The national Research Funding Database brings together information on projects funded by different Finnish research funders. The database has been implemented in co-operation with research funding organizations, namely the Council of Finnish Foundations, the Academy of Finland, Business Finland, and private foundations.

When the Research Funding Database is integrated into the national Research Information Hub <internal page link>, it will be possible to connect publications and research data to given research funding. This will improve the transparency of research and research funding, and make funding information more accessible.

The service is owned by the Ministry of Education and Culture and implemented by CSC.

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Research Information Hub

CSC is establishing the national Research Information Hub at the behest of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The planned service will serve as a warehouse for metadata on, for example, publications, research data, research infrastructures, researchers, projects/projects and research groups.

The national information hub can be used to link the currently separate data warehouses and databases with one another. It will provide a single, uniform, open and comprehensive access point for all the research being conducted in Finland where anyone can search for information.

Using standardised terms and definitions, the research information hub compiles and shares commensurate, open and linked data with other services.  The machine-readable interfaces of the service allow for the seamless transfer and use of information in different services and processes, thus enhancing the commensurability of information and reducing the manual entering of information in several different places.

The service is owned by the Ministry of Education and Culture and implemented by CSC.

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