Are you looking into transforming your business, services or customer base? Could open data bring much needed added value to either your business or directly to your customers?
Now it’s the perfect time to grasp the many opportunities on offer from the six largest cities in Finland (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku, Oulu)!
1. Valueable data is waiting for your use!
Your business already has completely free access to datasets opened up by the six largest Finnish cities and other public administrative bodies.
Almost 1300 datasets in January, around 600 in February and now the counter on the frontpage of HRI shows 549. Good grief, has HRI begun deleting data? Not exactly, but a large operation of re-organising HRI’s datasets, which involved combining and harmonising datasets where possible. No data has been lost, the previous 1300 datasets are now available in larger packages.
At the start of the year, HRI began the large task of clarifying the contents of its data catalog, which involved combing through smaller datasets and combining them into larger packages.
In January 2016, Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI) will begin a large task, in which the smallest published datasets will be merged into larger datasets. As a result, it will approximately halve the number of available datasets. Although the number of datasets is drastically reduced, content will not be deleted. The same data will be provided in a more homogenous format. Simultaneously, the metadata, which provides the description of the datasets will be improved. Lastly, where possible, the datasets will be converted into several different file formats.
Hundreds of excited developers gathered at Konepaja Bruno in Helsinki (6th – 8th November 2015) to solve challenges set out by the City of Helsinki and other challenge partners during the 48-hours Ultrahack hackathon. Ultrahack is a part of Slush Hacks, which is the biggest hackathon in Europe. The goal for the participants is to create new business by utilising open data. The best solutions from Slush Hacks will be presented and awarded at the SLUSH business event on the 12.11.2015.
The third instalment of the Datademo project is distributing micro funding for the development of new apps through a transparent idea search and selection process. The resulting apps must utilise open data and be of benefit to citizens.
The third and final round of submitting ideas started on Friday, the 19th of September 2014. The application period for ideas is open until Monday the 6th of October 2014. The final micro funding decisions will be revealed no later than on the 17th of October 2014.
The City of Helsinki has published a register of its information systems. The list comprises 843 systems, and it has been published by Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI) as open data.
The information systems register contains a wide variety of data. For example, the ZIMS animal register contains the pedigree and weight of every animal at Helsinki Zoo. Piltti contains the data on contaminated soil, and Acute contains the patient data of Helsinki’s occupational health care.
Helsinki is the first city in Finland to publish a register of its information systems as open data.
How can data silos be opened? What kind of ingredients can be found in the open data ‘sandbox’? What can be built from these ingredients? How does open data look drawn and visualised?
Open data and the HRI service are depicted in a new promotional video. The 3-minute clip showcases the principles of open data and how the HRI service operates.
The promotional video made by Marker Wizards focuses on data openers as well as promotes the principles, working methods and best practices of openness in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area for everyone to enjoy.
Imagine a city where public decision-making is easy for all to follow and comment on using any digital channel. A solution to this challenge is being sought in Helsinki, which has long been working to unlock the data reserves related to municipal decision-making.
In September 2013, more than 1,000 sets of data had been published in the Helsinki region as open data. Open data is meant for anyone to use as they wish, and it is in a form that is easily readable by computer software.
The European Commission has awarded Helsinki Region Infoshare with the European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration. The prize is 100,000 euro, which will be used to develop services further including access to public information about city decision making.
The Commission’s prize was part of a public sector innovation competition and awarded in the competition’s section on services for the benefit of citizens. The awards were made by Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn during the Week of Innovative Regions Europe IV (WIRE IV) Conference in Cork, Ireland on 6 June 2013.
Helsinki Region Infoshare has been up and running for just over two years and it is slowly becoming better known to citizens and data enthusiasts alike. In order for the open data community to flourish, a fruitful ecosystem is needed: algorithm connoisseurs, app enthusiasts, tools, companies and a long list of other collaborators. But the glue that brings them all together is why. Why should anyone care about open data?