Daily Finland: Online archives of Finnish missions published. “The Ministry for Foreign Affairs launched an online service containing all the reports of Finnish missions abroad from 1918 to 1926. The online service was launched on International Open Data Day on March 3 March, said an official press release on Monday.” “Missions” gives this announcement a religious connotation for this American, but this is more foreign affairs, diplomacy, etc.
YLE: Finnish researchers to create DNA database of 500,000 people for disease studies. “Researchers at the Finnish publicly and privately-funded research project FinnGen say they want to broadly expand the number of DNA samples of Finnish residents in order to find new methods of fighting diseases.”
National Library of Finland: Finnish National Bibliography Released As Open Data. “The Finnish National Bibliography Fennica has been published as open data. The National Library of Finland hopes to find new users and uses for its open data repositories. The Fennica National Bibliography is a database of Finnish publications maintained by the National Library of Finland. Fennica has been published as open data using the CC0 license, which allows free use for any purpose, for example in applications and data visualizations.”
Computer Weekly: Finnish government scraps paper and digitises archives. “The Finnish government has announced plans to digitise its document archives by 2030 and only accept digital formats in future. This is expected to cut archiving costs by over €60m and improve data availability.”
YLE: Finland to adopt age limit for social media users from 2018. “Finnish authorities will begin to introduce local rules to ensure compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect from May 25, 2018. The change will see the introduction of a national age limit for the use of social media services. However officials have not yet decided on the age threshold for setting up a social media account.”
The Arctic: Finland to create a database of black carbon and methane emissions in the Arctic. “One of Finland’s priorities during its two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council is to create a database of the sources of black carbon and methane emissions in the Arctic, Finland’s consul general in St. Petersburg, Anne Lammila, told the TASS news agency.”
Finland, Finland, Finland, the country where I quite want to be — especially considering how it’s handling academic journal pricing. “Freedom of Information request by open science advocates has revealed academic journal pricing through an administrative court decision. Finland is the first country where the subscription prices paid by practically all universities and research institutions to individual publishers are made available. This strengthens the position of universities in the 2016 contract negotiations, made ever more timely by the recent deep funding cuts. Comparisons between publishers and countries also supports the ongoing discussion of alternative publishing models and directing funding towards open access (OA) publishing.”