Culture and transport are the first applications using public open data resources.
The first Open Knowledge Festival in September 2012 attracted one thousand open data enthusiasts to Helsinki, Finland. Many of them used a priceless assistant while navigating in an unfamiliar city. Already in 2009, Helsinki Region Transport launched an open interface to public transport timetable and route data. Nowadays the data is used in dozens of handy smartphone applications, allowing travellers to locate themselves and find the right bus to their destination.
The Open Knowledge Festival taking place in Helsinki in mid September features eight free hackathons. Ranging from designing and building a functional news application from open government data to creating new ideas for making aid and development data more accessible, most hackathons have limited seating and are closing up fast. Move fast to get your seat!
The Open Knowledge Festival, 17th – 22nd September 2012, is a bold experiment in international collaborative event organising, with topics from open democracy and government data to open and smart cities to open business and corporate data to open design and open hardware to data journalism.
The Apps4Finland competition is still open for ideas and functional web applications, widgets, mashups, mobile apps and other digital utilities that use public data. Submission period closes 28 October 2012 at 3pm.
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?
This website gives you information about Helsinki Region Infoshare and open data in general. Hope you find it useful, enjoy!
The Apps4Finland 2010 judging is now done! The winners were awarded at the MindTrek conference in Tampere on 7 October with prices totalling 13 000 euros. Here’s the list of them. Description of the 13 finalists can be found here (in Finnish).
Winners of the Implementation category (Agencies):
Winners of the Implementation category (Indie):
1. Parliament interface – voting and visualization service (Eduskunnan rajapinta – äänestyskone ja visualisointipalvelu)
2. Dog Trash (Koirankakkaroskis)
Winners of the Ideas category:
The Apps4Finland 2010 judging is on its way. The winners are chosen among the 13 finalists. However, you can still vote for your favorite, just do it before 6 October! All the entries can be found here. The competition culminates in awards totalling 13 000 euros which will be presented at the MindTrek conference in Tampere on 7 October.
The goal of the competition is to find new ways to utilize public sector data sources. It also aims to speed up activities that turn lively discussion about open data into concrete services and applications.
Nomen Est Omen is a service for finding information about Finnish family names. It also jokingly gives a value about how elite a family is in Finnish society according to some historical databases. The service is created by Flo Apps.
Kansan Muisti collects and represents information about how Finnish parliament representatives vote and about their statements. It is being developed by an association called Kansan Muisti ry.