Euro IA 2017 - Information Architecture and Design in Stockholm

14.11.2017
Being a city coder entails much more than just hammering away at ready-made Github issues. On the contrary, it is increasingly becoming a process of service design, starting from trying to figure out basic service needs and expectations, and constantly and iteratively honing the service with the act...

Crowdsourcing and the IoT: new ways of collecting data about the city

24.03.2017
It's important for officials to have the most accurate and broad information possible about their domain of operation. In tune with this sentiment there are many ongoing ventures by the city of Helsinki and other organizations to explore new ways of collecting data, especially using distributed or m...

Students utilizing open data in their business cases by fresh way!

20.12.2016
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 Projec...

Strengthen your business with open data!

16.12.2016
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,...

What about documentation?

29.11.2016
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...

Combining datasets improved findability

14.09.2016
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 be...

Restful data

14.09.2016
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...

Harnessing the Uncovered Opportunities of Open Data

02.03.2015
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...

Open Data: Experiences & Views from a Newcomer

14.05.2014
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 academ...

International Open Data Apps

09.04.2014
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 soc...