Open Science and Research Forum takes a look at the project achievements and an open future

The Open Science and Research Forum was held on 16 November 2017 at Congress Centre Paasitorni in Helsinki. The theme of the forum was open access to knowledge and scientific publishing. The achievements of the Open Science and Research (OSR) project were presented at the forum, with the focus being moved to the future, to the time after completion of the project. Launched by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2014, the OSR project promotes access to knowledge and open science. It is based on extensive co-operation between ministries, higher education institutions, research institutes and providers of research funding.

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EU General Data Protection Regulation – what should we know about it?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was ratified in the spring of 2016 and steps are being taken to make the new regulation applicable during the two-year transition period, which ends on 25 August 2018. The aim of the GDPR is to provide up-to-date, comprehensive and uniform data protection for the European Union. In addition, an effort is being made to improve the level of confidence in online services, thus promoting the development of the EU's internal digital market. Now is a good time to learn more about the regulation and give thought to how organizations, such as higher education institutions, should prepare themselves for the changes that it will bring about.

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Software, Hardware and Networks
Knowledge Management

There's a cloud for every problem

Cloud services have risen from the rough-and-tumble of start-ups to the desks of IT decision-makers, thus making the term 'cloud' a household word. Of course, the name of a cloud service does not say a whole lot about it, and descriptions sometimes leave a bit to be desired. The following description shines some light on the world of clouds.

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Education and Studies
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Knowledge Management

Workout for both mind and body

Nuuksio's majestic landscape is the perfect setting for both studying and exchanging of ideas with other students interested in the same subjects. CSC Summer School in High-Performance Computing was held for the eighth time and students from all over the world gathered to develop their high-performance computing skills. Coding all day long takes a toll, so the sports and leisure activities offer a nice counterpoint to it. Both mind and body get a proper workout at the summer school.

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Open source code accelerates product development

Some fifty attendees, broadly representing the leading edge of research and development in the Finnish electromechanical industry. The final seminar of the SEMTEC project presented the project results achieved over the past couple years, such as faster, more user-friendly and more accurate simulation models. Several of the presentations shared a common denominator: the Elmer tool, which is an open source multiphysical simulation software developed primarily by CSC. The expertise gained during the project was distilled into new features for Elmer.

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Weboodista syntyi someilmiö

Kolme viikkoa sitten Weboodin etusivu uudistui. Siitä syntyi musiikkilehti Rumbassakin huomioitu uutisaihe. Toisin kuin aiheen perusteella kenties veikkaisi, korvamadon takana on musiikkivideo, ja oikea rapkappale. Alkuperäinen artikkeli on julkaistu Helsingin yliopiston intranet Flammassa. Jutun on kirjoittanut Susanna Peltonen.

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"Who is there and what are they doing?"

CSC course on metagenomics sheds light on studying microbial communities. Metagenomics is the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples. It can answer questions like "who is there?" and "what are they doing?".

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More accurate results through simplification – computational methods in chemistry

A computational chemist would say that there isn’t a field of chemistry in which computational methods would not be of assistance. And they might well be right.

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Genome data for next generation healthcare – opportunities for services translating genomes into health and well-being

Our knowledge of human genome will increase dramatically over the coming years. The use of genome data will also penetrate into healthcare. A whole new field has sprung up as a result of these developments, offering companies opportunities to create new products such as medical applications.

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The rainmaker?

There aren't many people in the world that could be described as a rainmaker quite as literally as Hannele Korhonen. Korhonen, a research professor at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, is launching a new project whose results could be highly significant in solving water shortages in the world’s driest regions.

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Weather models developed through cloud computing

The idea of using cloud services as a platform for column model software grew out of these challenges faced by researchers and students. In autumn 2016, the MUSC system was installed on CSC’s cPouta cloud service platform, in cooperation with the Norwegian and Swedish meteorological institutes. CloudMUSC was born.

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The wireless campus network, eduroam, connects millions of users around the world

When a visiting researcher or student arrives on campus with a smartphone and laptop, what does she need first of all? A power socket for her laptop? A printer? No. The first thing she needs is a wireless connection.

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Education and Studies

One service, many names – a shared video platform for the Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences

The Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences (FUAS), a strategic alliance formed by Häme University of Applied Sciences, Lahti University of Applied Sciences and Laurea University of Applied Sciences, decided to develop a video service to meet the institutions' shared and individual needs by becoming the first pilot users of CSC's Funet Etuubi Kaltura. Where did we start, what did we learn, and what did we achieve?

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Education and Studies

Will geoengineering save us from a certain doom?

Researchers are constantly trying to develop new and more accurate models to evaluate the future of ice sheets and the entire planet. Renowned glacier researcher John C.Moore emphasizes the role of high-performance computing in climate research

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Bolognan prosessin luoma tutkintorakenne on epäonnistunut

Suomalainen kanditutkinto ei ole saavuttanut itsenäistä asemaa työmarkkinoilla ja maisterin tutkinnon asema kansainvälisessä kilpailussa on heikentynyt. Raimo Kantola ehdottaa kolumnissaan muutoksia korkeakoulujen tutkintorakenteisiin, mm. nelivuotista kandidaatin tutkintoa.

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Training life scientists to analyse genomic data – can cloud make life easier?

Bioinformatics trainers teach life scientists like doctors and biologists to analyse data computationally. None of the usual options for setting up a bioinformatics environment in a training site is ideal. Cloud services can make life a whole lot easier for bioinformatics trainers, as well as system administrators.

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Työnä internetin turvallisuus

On väitetty, että suomalainen joutuu todennäköisemmin rikoksen uhriksi tietoverkoissa kuin tosielämässä. Näin uskoo vakaasti myös F-Securen tutkimusjohtaja Mikko Hyppönen. Esimerkkejä tästä tietoturva-alan pioneeri kohtaa harva se päivä.

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Knowledge Management

Who will be securing the internet?

Who will be at the front defending the world’s networks from malicious software? asks Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure.

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Get your data under control – MyData in research and education

Large volumes of data about all of us are continually accumulating in a variety of registers, but it's difficult to harness fragmentised information stored in numerous different places. MyData appears to offer a solution by placing people at the centre of data management.

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Science and Research
Knowledge Management

Five reasons supercomputing centers love Linux

The first version of Linux (0.0.1) was launched on the Finnish University and Research Network Funet’s FTP server nearly 25 years ago. Back then, few would have guessed that the open source operating system developed by a young student, Linus Torvalds, would a quarter of a century later run on most of the mobile phones and servers as well as on the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

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