Abstract: Open Science and Research has reached mixed maturity levels in Finland. The meaning of the national project in the ecosystem of Finnish universities of applied sciences (UAS) is to enhance and elaborate Open Science and Open Education activities. Future actions were defined based on a survey and interviews carried out in the Finnish UAS sector during 2018 and 2019. The aim of both data collections was to evaluate the current status and attitudes towards Open RDI among staff members. Another purpose was to define the need for internal support services concerning Open RDI and Open Education and to identify knowledge gaps. The results revealed several gaps in understanding Open Science and Open Education initiatives. Real-life actions were mostly vague, and the respondents experienced the need for support. On the other hand, the attitudes towards Open RDI were positive, and the issue aroused questions and reflections. This study revealed gaps in knowledge and actions in Finnish UAS sectors. These results have been the basis of development actions such as joint workshops, educational webinars, and common instructions. The future plan includes the establishment of an experts’ network for supporting Open RDI and Education.
Keywords: Open RDI; Open education; Open science expertise; Online survey; Interview; Knowledge gap; University of applied sciences