Partners in cooperation

Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI) is a shared open data service between the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. The service is operated by City of Helsinki Executive Office.


The HRI service is funded by the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. In the beginning, the service received support from the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the Finnish Ministry of Finance through a municipality cooperation grant.


The operative execution of the HRI service is managed, overseen and executed by a board of directors and a steering group. The board of directors consists of the Mayors of the cities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The steering group includes the financiers, executors, City of Helsinki Executive Office and Forum Virium Helsinki. For the duration of the Six City Strategy (6Aika) programme, Six City Strategy Open data coordinators have joined the steering group. The service also utilises a number of data material experts and IT experts from the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen, as well as a lawyer handling all legal aspects of the service.

Forum Virium Helsinki (FVH) has been a pivotal partner since the start of the service. FVH is a subsidiary of the City of Helsinki Group. It develops new digital services in cooperation with companies, City of Helsinki, other public sector organizations and Helsinki residents. The aim is to create better services and new business, as well as open up contacts for international markets.

The service cooperates widely with other owners and distributors of data materials. These operators include the Ministry of Finance (, Statistics Finland, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority, Helsinki Region Transport, Uusimaa Region, other cities and international cooperation networks such as Eurocities and Open and Agile Smart Cities.

Steering Group

HRI steering group members:

  • Timo Cantell, Helsinki, chairman
  • Ari Jaakola, Helsinki
  • Outi Hermans, Helsinki
  • Tanja Lahti, Helsinki
  • Hami Kekkonen, Helsinki, secretary
  • Teuvo Savikko, Espoo
  • Petri Lintunen, Espoo
  • Henrik Lönnqvist, Vantaa
  • Elina Parviainen, Vantaa
  • Liisa Sarvimäki-Paananen, Kauniainen
  • Ville Meloni, Forum Virium Helsinki
  • Pekka Koponen, Forum Virium Helsinki
  • Marja Pirttivaara, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
  • Kaisa Sibelius, Six City Strategy (6Aika) Open data Helsinki
  • Jaana Suonsaari, Six City Strategy (6Aika) Open data Espoo

Helsinki Loves Developers

Helsinki Loves Developers (Hel<3Dev) is a collaboration concept that fosters dialogue and collaboration between data owners and users. Since early 2012, the City of Helsinki and Forum Virium Helsinki have organised developer meets to facilitate the use of open data. The meets are open meeting points for everyone interested in open data and open source software development.

Developers can seek support for their ideas and even coding from regular open data open office meetings. The city’s open data team organises open office meetings every second Thursday between 3pm – 6pm at Helsinki Think Company (Vuorikatu 5).

Developers can also find support via the Helsinki Loves Developers website, which provides up-to-date information on open APIs and upcoming events of the City of Helsinki.

The Six City Strategy (6Aika)

The Six City Strategy – Open and Smart Services is a strategy for sustainable urban development carried out by the six largest cities in Finland: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. The strategy will be carried out between 2014 and 2020 with the aim of creating new know-how, business and jobs in Finland.

In the strategy, the six cities work together on three-year spearhead projects in each of the three focus areas: open innovation platforms, open data and interfaces (APIs), and open participation and customership. The spearhead projects provide the basis for innovation activities and create the framework for the cooperation of the city community. Furthermore, the spearhead projects are supported by additional pilot and trial projects, which test and further develop the contents of the spearhead projects.

The strategy is based on open operating models that let the entire city community participate in development work. The idea is that a functional city community is an entity consisting of citizens, companies, research and development operators and the authorities. The open operating model is based on the creation and testing of innovations, while also increasing productivity.

Technical maintenance and development

The Helsinki Region Infoshare open data service is maintained and developed by the City of Helsinki Open Software Development team and the product owners of the service.

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