Principles of open science and research

SAMK is committed to following the operating principles of open science and research and to strengthen the competence in openness. The aim of open RDI activities is to ensure that knowledge generated at SAMK will gain publicity and competence is conveyed efficiently.

Our principle is that we bring our research services, data and results available for all. SAMK and its personnel are committed to following the principles of open science and research, responsible conduct of research and good research ethics.

Open research services

SAMK offers the enterprises open services in three categories:

1. Common research projects

SAMK focuses on applied research and product and service development. The main emphasis is on fast and concrete experiments which the clients can benefit from.

2. Student projects carried out under the supervision of expert teachers

The ideas of product and service development of the enterprises are developed further by the students. The latest knowledge and skills the students have are used to develop the ideas into diverse and innovative activities.

3. Start-up investments

SAMK makes investments in start-up companies and if necessary provides them with research competence.

The principles of open RDI activities at SAMK:

  1. We do not want to compete with the services provided by small and medium-sized enterprises.
  2. Small-sized enterprises are just as valuable partners for us as big enterprises.
  3. The supervised projects provide a learning process for our students.

SAMK practices open innovation activities and aims at transferring the results of RDI activities to its partners and interest groups as effectively as possible.

Open RDI Process

At all stages of the process, the activities promote openness. At the preparatory stage, the whole data management of the project´s life cycle is planned. The basis for this is formed by the requirements of the financiers, the contracts drawn up with partners, the rules of SAMK and responsible conduct of research, and legislation. Data collection, organization, storage and analyzis as well as data security and data protection are taken into account at the implementation stage. After the project has ended, data retention, description data storage and data completeness are assured. The results and the data are opened and published and the utilization of the results from a commercial potential perspective is evaluated.

Open research data

In principle, the research data attached to research results are open and can be used by anybody. Each research project includes a data management plan, which deals with the protection of confidential knowledge, delivering research data for open use and disposal of the material. Data management plan is drawn up with data management planning tool DMPTuuli and the plan is stored in project database. IDA service can be used for dealing with massive data materials.

Research data are described in publications relating to them.

Benefiting from the research results

SAMK aims at transferring the results of RDI activities to its partners and interest groups as effectively as possible (”Good business is not our business”).  The results of RDI activities which do not involve trade secrets or Intellectual Property Rights are distributed according to the principles of open science and research as widely as possible. SAMK informs of its RDI activities and research results actively both on its web pages and in open publications.

Open publishing

The research staff publishes their results in open publication channels if possible. As a result, the public and the research community can read the publications freely online (the golden route). If necessary, the publication can also be saved on Theseus with the permission of the publisher. Library pages give instructions on open publication.

The students save their theses on Theseus database. The personnel report their own publications on by JUSTUS service, bibliographical information are available for all on Juuli research publication portal.

The teaching staff is encouraged to share their teaching material openly by using a Creative Commons licence.

Open research environments at SAMK

Apparaatti (Apparatus)

Enterprise Accelerator

Future Hospital Innovation Testbed (links coming)

Laboratory of sun energy (Solar Forum)

RoboAI (links coming)

Maritime simulator

Service Centre Soteekki

WANDER Nordic Water and Materials Institute


SAMK follows Open RDI Activities Guide that was developed together in Universities of Applied Sciences´ Open RDI Activities, Learning and Innovation Ecosystem project.

SAMK is a higher education institution with emphasis on entrepreneurship. The staff’s and students’ entrepreneurship is regarded as a resource for SAMK and regional development. Innovation activities and transparent, equal and common principles in entrepreneurship activities encourage the whole higher education institution for entrepreneurship.