Helena Laaksonen new director of FSD

News: 2017-01-19

Helena Laaksonen has been appointed as new director of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD). The Board of the University of Tampere appointed Helena Laaksonen in its meeting on January 16.

Helena Laaksonen received her Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Tampere. She has worked for the FSD since 2002, and as an information officer and deputy director since 2004. In recent years, she has also served almost two years as an acting director.

Before joining the data archive, she worked as a researcher in sociology in several research projects at the University of Tampere, and at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research in Germany.

– We will continue on our chosen path here at the data archive. The FSD is in good shape right now, but the field of research data services is continuously evolving. One must keep up with development, and preferably have an impact on it too, states Helena Laaksonen.

She also points out that e-infrastructures require constant updating and maintenance.

– For that to be possible, both external funding and collaboration between national and international actors are essential, she concludes.

Photo: Mikko Pajulahti.