Completed projects

  • Digitisation of Labour Newspapers

    The project digitises materials of labour newspapers as a historical continuum until 31 December 1966. The labour magazines digitised in the project are Suomen Sosialidemokraatti, Työkansan Sanomat, Vapaa Sana and Kansan Uutiset.

  • AVIISI – sanomalehtien kultainen vuosisata käyttöön

    To plan, build and pilot operating models with which the use of digital newspaper materials subject to copyright can be tested to a degree exceeding that permitted by current legislation in regional pilot projects in the Mikkeli region.

  • COMHIS- Computational History and the Transformation of Public Discourse in Finland, 1640–1910

    The point of departure of the COMHIS project is to study and reassess the nature and quality of Finnish public discourse between 1640 and 1910. The project analyses how language barriers, elite culture and popular debate, reuse of texts and publication channels interact with each other. Since the key source materials of the project are digitised Finnish newspapers the Centre for Preservation and Digitisation of the National Library of Finland is an important partner for it. The newspaper materials digitised by the National Library of Finland up until 1910 are freely available through the service.

  • Digitisation of Uusi Suomi

    The project digitises the materials of Uusi Suometar and Uusi Suomi as a historical continuum through the entire publication period of the papers from 4 January 1869 to 29 November 1991.

  • Kilda - Library metadata into linked data

    The key duties of the project are:

    • The putting into practice of new description rules for RDA through Finnish translation of the rule text, guidelines, training and conversions.
    • Publication of the National Metadata Thesaurus as linked data.
    • Introduction of operator IDs.
    • Reform of the National Library’s description expert services.
    • Creation of a joint name information service information model for libraries, archives and museums.
  • National Library of Finland enterprise architecture

    Description and modelling of the current state and objectives of the National Library operations.

    Current and objective states are described according to architecture levels and from four architectural perspectives, which are

    principled, conceptual, logical and physical.

    The architectural perspectives to be described are operational, information and system architecture.

  • Promoting the use of newspapers and journals in research and education

    The project is piloting Haka user identification in the Digi system. The following measures will be taken during the pilot:

    • Ensuring that the technical implementation enables the appropriate use of newspaper and journal material in research and education
    • Developing operations on the basis of feedback
    • Ensuring the feasibility of model agreements
    • Providing organisations with an understanding of the scope and opportunities of newspaper and journal use
    • Promoting and consolidating the use of newspapers and journals in research and education

    Haka is the most prevalent user identification system employed by Finnish universities and institutions of higher education (some 296,000 end users). Haka is based on a federation of trust whose membership, comprised of researchers, students and staff, are able to log into the services of several organisations using the user identification provided by their home organisation. The information management of the home organisation is responsible for the user data and identity verification of their users. User data for services accessed through Haka are received directly from the users’ home organisation.

    The data available for the organisations participating in the pilot and their permissible uses are determined in a pilot agreement drawn up in collaboration with Kopiosto, a copyright organisation. The pilot organisations are

    • Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki (students, academic and other staff)
    • Ruralia Institute, University of Helsinki (staff)
    • University of Jyväskylä (staff and students)
    • University of Oulu (degree programme HIKUVIE)
    • University of Tampere (researchers and teachers of history, media and communication, as well as journalism)
    • University of Turku (the research group in the discipline of cultural history)

    The dataset made available in the pilot encompasses the restricted-use newspapers and journals of the Digi collections up to the year 2010. The use of the material must relate to research and education. Use of the pilot system is free of charge to the participating organisations. Kopiosto will receive copyright compensation from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

    All digital newspapers and journals up to the year 2010 are accessible in the Haka pilot coordinated by the National Library of Finland. A list of all the digital newspapers available in the collections of the National Library can be found at while a list of all the journals available can be found at

    Newspapers and journals available in digital format in the service can also be accessed at the legal deposit libraries (see the list at

    Instructions for data mining:

  • TAJUA - open publication of science

    The TAJUA project comprises numerous reasonably independent sub-projects. The project results will be new services, surveys and documentation, as well as new operating models.

    The basic infrastructure of parallel recording  is a generally usable and affordable way to publish scientific research as parallel records. It is easy to implement in research organisations and its use is easy for researchers.

    Harmonised practices of open publication will see light as a result of expert work in the project and as a result of the work of the extensive cooperation network. The practices will be documented and training materials on them will be produced.

    A cooperation network will be created to support cooperation.

    The Open publication support model is a solution proposal based on surveys of how to organise the covering of author fees related to publication, especially in international Open Access journals.

    The research data description tool ensures the manageability, availability and re-usability of data materials. It is an easy-to-use tool for researchers for creating high-quality standard-based metadata on the research data.

    Research material identifier and name information services are important support services, which are necessary for high-quality material management, mutual referencing of materials and the production of open linked data.

    The Long-term availability of open science outcomes is based on the perustuu Tutkimus-PAS service.

  • Translocalis

    The research project builds a digital database on the nationwide culture of letters to the press in the 19th century Finland. 

    The project is implemented in collaboration with the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX) in Tampere University and the National Library of Finland. 

  • Tutkain 2020-2022

    The National Library of Finland and Kopiosto have agreed on the right to provide the digital newspapers and magazines included in the former’s collections for research use through the service as part of the Tutkain project in 2020–2022.