Information about Finland shared through an open API in many languages

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The text contents of the Infopankki.fi website have been opened for everyone to use through an open application programming interface (API). The website contains important information for immigrants about permit matters, working life and entrepreneurship, studying Finnish, housing and living in Finland. All of the 12 identical language versions of the service are available through the API. Infopankki contains approximately 3,500 web pages.

“We hope that Infopankki materials will be used to create applications that serve the information needs of immigrants in different languages.

11 months, 1 week ago
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Students utilizing open data in their business cases by fresh way!

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One of the main target groups of Helsinki Region Infoshare service is definitely students. HRI has had good cooperation with the Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences in Helsinki Region during the last years. This autumn HRI had a great cooperation with the Application Development Project course organized by the Metropolia University of Applied Science. The aim of this course is to create a proven business case with the developed application. The contribution of HRI was to enhance the utilization of open data in these business cases and applications.

1 year ago
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Strengthen your business with open data!

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago
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Participate DataBusiness Challenge!

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Do you want to create an application that helps the everyday lives of people living and working in the cities? Or help them actively participate in the development of their city? Or do you have ideas about how digital services could help organisations base their decisions more and more on accurate information? Now is your chance to get creative!

Open data idea and solution competition starts now!

The six largest cities in Finland (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu) want to support the development of new user based services by arranging an open data innovation competition.

1 year, 1 month ago
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New generation city information models for Helsinki

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As the first city in the world to do so, Helsinki has simultaneously introduced two 3D city models covering the entire city: a smart semantic city information model and visually high-standard reality mesh model. The models are being released as open data.

A semantic city information model is more than a three-dimensional image on a computer screen. The model objects contain property data about themselves. By means of semantics, the computer understands, for example, which elements describe the roof or walls of the building.

1 year, 1 month ago
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What about documentation?

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As most of us know, coding is a busy business. New ideas, feature requests, crucial hotfixes, standard bugfixes and a number of other issues pile up in addition to planned projects and sprints. Therefore, when developing an API for your own use, you are usually satisfied once you get it to work the way you want, and move on to the next pressing thing to do. After all, we are using our own API, why should we bother with systematic specification and documentation of the features we know and are able to check from the source code whenever we want?

1 year, 1 month ago
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Combining datasets improved findability

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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.

1 year, 4 months ago
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Restful data

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Well-formed data at rest is as close to perfection in programming as it gets. All the crap that had to happen to put it there however..

Rufus Pollock from Open Knowledge Foundation visited our Helsinki ❤︎ Developers meeting during OKF’s MyData conference. He introduced us to the idea of frictionless data; making open data easier to discover, use and understand. Basically is a way to describe data using machine readable, yet lightweight and even human writable format based on JSON and bundles it alongside a universally supported format for data: comma separated file, CSV.

1 year, 4 months ago
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Open data as a key element for transparency

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The HRI service organised an event on the importance of open data in data journalism for international journalists on 2nd May 2016 at Library10 in Helsinki. The event was organised as an official pre event of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2016 which also took place in Helsinki. The open data and data journalism event was however open to everyone.

The event was hosted by Mr Timo Cantell, Director of City of Helsinki Urban Facts. The event started with presentations by Ms Tuula Haavisto, Library Director at Helsinki City Library and Mr Kari Lämsä, Director of Library10.

1 year, 6 months ago
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5th anniversary of open data pioneer Helsinki Region Infoshare

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City procurement data, historical aerial photos and postal code areasare among the most downloaded open data on the Helsinki Region Infoshare service.

The usage statistics of Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI) reveal that the service’s most downloaded dataset of all time are the procurement data files released by the City of Helsinki. The pioneering open data service marks its fifth anniversary in May.

The Helsinki procurement data contains tens of thousands of transactions made by city departments, from stationary purchases worth less than one euro all the way to the city’s half-billion-euro contribution to the health care operations of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District.

1 year, 8 months ago
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