International Open Data Apps

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Public open data is quickly becoming the new “oil” of the 21st century; it largely drives the development of new apps and businesses while simultaneously increasing the reach and transparency of democracy. These new methods of thinking and sharing information are helping to boost the economy and society forwards. This article briefly highlights the current developments in the field of open data. It also provides an international snapshot of useful open data apps in the hope of generating and sharing ideas with open data enthusiasts in Finland.

3 years, 9 months ago
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A Transparent City

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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.

4 years ago
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HRI wins EU:s prize for innovation

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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.

4 years, 5 months ago
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Cities across Europe opening their data

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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.

4 years, 10 months ago
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Hackathon? How about eight!

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The Open Knowledge Festival taking place in Helsinki in mid September 2012 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!

5 years, 4 months ago
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Apps4Finland Wants Your App

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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.

5 years, 4 months ago
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HRI 2012 – Not just open, but useful data

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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?

5 years, 7 months ago
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