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.
Helsinki Region Infoshare has published a guide book which provides stimuli for unlocking public data as well as tells how the open data has made it´s the breaktrough in the public administration in Finland.
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.
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 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!
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!