Geographic information expert Faris Alsuhail uses a quickly developing, free and open source geographic information software in his own hobby projects as well as professionally.
One of HRI application gallery’s most active data enthusiasts is geographic information expert Faris Alsuhail. Using open data from Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Alsuhail has developed several apps; including an app for Northern Lights and apps for finding the nearest pubs or ATMs in Helsinki. His favorite tool for handling geographic data is the free and open source geographic information software QGIS.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?”
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 www.hri.fi 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.
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.