Research Data in Context: Exploring the Intersection of Art and Research

University of the Arts Helsinki Library is organizing a seminar on Research Data Management in arts and artistic research.

photographer: Veikko Kähkönen

Research Data Management (RDM) has been a current topic in the academic community in Finland and internationally, but the discussions have mainly focused on research data in other fields of science than arts. Research data and materials in arts and artistic research are varied and diverse, and this seminar aims to illustrate the particular practices in these fields.

Uniarts Helsinki is an international forerunner in education and research in the field of arts, and this event discusses RDM from a point of view that is relevant to researchers at Uniarts Helsinki and other higher education institutions, artists working in the intersection of art and research, and experts from research services and libraries.  

The speakers include researchers from Uniarts Helsinki, experts on research data from Finland, and international guests from Switzerland and Norway. The event will be a hybrid event, taking place in Music Centre in Helsinki and online, and it’s open to everyone. There will be an opportunity for networking and discussions. Free admission.


12.00–12.10: Jaana Erkkilä-Hill, Uniarts Helsinki’s Vice Rector for research: welcome speech

12.10–12.40: Anne Kauppala, Professor of Music Performance Research, Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy (DocMus Doctoral School): Performance database Reprises on the move towards Semantic Web

12.40–13.10: Guadalupe López-Íñiguez, Senior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland; Docent of Music Education, Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy; Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne University’s Conservatorium of Music: Research Data Lifecycle: The Journey from Proposal Drafting to Results Sharing

13.10–13.20: questions and discussion

13.20–13.50: coffee break

13.50–14.10: Mikko Ojanen, University lecturer, Musicology / The Department of Philosophy, History and Art at University of Helsinki: Current trends and open questions in RDM in AHSS (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences): Missing dialogue between policies and practices

14.10–14.30: Arja Kuula-Luumi, Chief Specialist, Finnish Social Science Data Archive: GDPR and data archiving

14.30–14.50: Rolf Wolfensberger, Head of the archives of Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK: Open Science services at Zurich University of the Arts: Interdepartmental Cooperation between Research Office, Library and Archive

14.50–15.05: questions and discussion

15.05–15.45: keynote: Jørn Mortensen, dean at School of Arts, Design, and Media at Kristiania University College in Oslo, vice president in ELIA: Artistic Research and the Ambition of Openness

15.45–16.00: questions and discussion, seminar ends


Registration is open from 10 February to 15 March.

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Uniarts Helsinki Library’s researcher services


Anne Kauppala is Professor of Music Performance Research Sibelius Academy (DocMus Doctoral School) and the concurrent leader of the Uniarts History Forum. Her research interests are historical performance culture of opera, music history, musical semiotics, and women’s studies. 

Guadalupe López-Íñiguez is a Spanish musician, educator, and interdisciplinary researcher based in Finland. She is passionate about human (musical) learning and development and holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and a master’s degree in Classical Music Performance. Currently, she is Docent of Music Education at Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, where she leads research projects as a PI and supervises doctoral candidates. 

Mikko Ojanen currently works as a university lecturer at the University of Helsinki Music Research Laboratory and Electronic Music Studio. His research and teaching interests are music and studio technology history, and science and technology studies – especially the history and analysis of electroacoustic music in Finland in the 1960s and 1970s.

Arja Kuula-Luumi is a Chief Specialist in the Finnish Social Science Data Archive. She has a PhD in sociology. Her duties in FSD include managing legislative and ethical issues of archiving research data.

Rolf Wolfensberger (PhD History, MA MediaArtHistories) has been the head of the archives of the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, since 2010. He is engaged in practice-oriented research projects on the documentation and preservation of electronic media artworks, interactive art installations and performances with a special focus on aspects of the long-term dissemination of such time-based and process-based works of art. 

Jørn Mortensen currently serves as dean at School of Arts, Design, and Media at Kristiania University College in Oslo. School of Arts, Design, and Media offers programs in design, music, performative arts, film and media. Responsibilities include an overall artistic and academic leadership of all programs as well as research and public outreach. Mortensen is since 2018 vice president in ELIA where he chairs the Artistic Research Working Group. Mortensen was also involved in developing the Vienna declaration as ELIA representative, and currently the proposed changes on artistic research in the Frascati Manual. 


22.3.2023 at 12:00 – 16:00


Musiikkitalo (Black Box, Mannerheimintie 13 a, Helsinki) and online in Zoom


Mannerheimintie 13 A

00100 Helsinki


Free admission

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