Open Finland Challenge ends in a tie


Eight jury picked teams pitched their projects to the OFC-gala audience for a public vote, resulting in two Open Data Finnish Champions 2015.

This year’s Open Finland Challenge competition wasn’t short of surprises. The public vote ended in a tie and after momentary confusion, the grand prize was split into two. The competition’s coordinator, Teemu Ropponen, initially suggested a re-vote but in the spirit of open decision-making the audience upheld the initial results.

Consequently, the winners, Katja Ratamäki from meal planning app Miils and both makers of the refugee visualisation, Ville Saarinen and Juho Ojala, lit up the stage with their beaming smiles at Bio Rex movie theatre in Helsinki.

2 years, 1 month ago

Clarifying the HRI data catalog content halves the number of datasets


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.

2 years, 2 months ago

Striking developer weekend at Ultrahack: Butterfly Effect and Routes Helsinki pocket the main prizes


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.

2 years, 2 months ago

Join the app competitions now!

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This autumn 2015 you can put your coding skills into good use. We encourage you to leverage open data in order to make Helsinki an even better place for all of us.

The wake of the long-lived Apps4Finland competition, developers now have new opportunities to compete for the title of Open Data master. Please proceed with the following steps, create the greatest app of your life and win! You can find the deadlines and registration links of the competitions below.

Steps to move forward

Create a solution to the Helsinki Smart City App Hack -challenge: “What is taking place in Helsinki or how things are evolving and could I participate?”

Utilize the open data avainable in HRI service and create by coding a web or mobile application!

2 years, 4 months ago

Smart City and Citizens – what happens in Helsinki and how can I be part of it?


Solve City of Helsinki’s competition challenges!

City of Helsinki’s competition challenge seeks new innovative apps utilizing open data and relating to some of the following themes: urban mobility, energy & emissions, culture & tourism, retail & shopping, and collaborative city.

City of Helsinki has published large amounts of open data via service. Now, the city wants to promote developers and designers to create on this new apps, visualisations, and dashboards tutilizing this open data and helping to get an overview what is happening in Helsinki or how Helsinki has evolved and is currently evolving.

2 years, 6 months ago

Harnessing the Uncovered Opportunities of Open Data


This review is based on a systematic mapping of existing research reports, websites and interviews of experts in the field of open data, conducted at City of Helsinki Urban Facts (Helsinki Region Infoshare) during the summer 2014. The analysis focused on city level. Firstly, the study proposes open data to be approached and analysed from the perspective of its benefits. Secondly, it indicates that still uncovered opportunities of open data could be identified and utilised better. Finally, the study emphasises impacts of open data and suggests some future trends.

2 years, 10 months ago

Seek funding for the realisation of your open data ideas


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.

3 years, 3 months ago

Helsinki opens a window to its information systems


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.

3 years, 4 months ago

HRI Whiteboard Video


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.

3 years, 4 months ago

Open Data: Experiences & Views from a Newcomer


What kind of people work with public open data? What is my role at HRI? What do I actually do every day? These are just a few of many questions that I get asked about my job by friends and family. This blog entry will address these pertinent questions and it will provide a short summary of my academic and professional backgrounds before dwelling on the experiences I have gained from working with open data at the Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI) service.

3 years, 8 months ago
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