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:

Goal and tasks

The project aims to promote the use of Finnish newspaper and journal content available through the (Digi) service in research and education. In practice, the project encompasses the technical implementation of the Haka user identification into the Digi system, which enables the provision of access, based on information gained from the users’ home organisation, to those datasets stored in Digi that users have the right to use based on the relevant agreements.


After the pilot, the use of the material in research and education will have increased. Furthermore, examples of scholarly use will have been collected, which makes it possible to agree on the further use of the material. Model agreements will have been revised, and they are appropriate. The project will also facilitate the opening, mining, accessibility and utilisation of digital data.

Project setters

National Library



Project status



National Library of Finland, Ministry of Education and Culture, Kopiosto ry, Mikkeli University Consortium


Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki; Ruralia Institute, University of Helsinki; University of Jyväskylä; University of Oulu; University of Tampere; University of Turku; Kopiosto; Ministry of Education and Culture