Opening up public data has the potential to offer fuel for companies to make money with new apps and services.
The cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu are committed to opening up their data and encourage its commercial use.
The cities work in close co-operation with companies and developers to improve the utilisation and usability of data in business. The stakeholders are encouraged to utilise the open data provided by cities, open up their own data for use by others and communicate their new data needs. Visit the Databusiness.fi website to learn more.
Harmonizing data and APIs
The cities are harmonizing and standardizing the ways they open and release data. This will make the data more attractive for business. The work is done in close co-operation with companies and developers. The vision is to help companies scale up their business to all six cities at once. For futher information of the harmonized APIs and ideas on how to utilize them, see the Smart City API Cook Book.
Several joint recommendations have already been published to steer this work. In English, learn more from Open API recommendations for cities.
Sharing best practices
The six cities are an excellent test environment and market for new trials and services. The aim is to make the opening up of data a natural part of the normal operation of cities, thus helping them facilitate the creation of data-based services and business. Best practices are shared between cities and to anyone interested.
Open & Agile Smart Cities is an international network of Smart Cities. The Six cities joined the network in the 1st wave in 2015. For the six cities, it is a chance to share experiences and learnings at international level.
Spearhead project 2014–2017
In 2014, a three-year long 6Aika Open Data and Interfaces spearhead project was launched by the six largest cities in Finland to boost digital services and data driven business. The goal is to enable new business opportunities with the help of open data and shared and standardized application programming interfaces (APIs). The data opened up by cities will be freely accessible to everyone. Open and standardized APIs will guarantee that a solution created for one city will also work in others. The spearhead project is part of project portfolio of the Six City Strategy.
As part of the 6Aika Open Data and Interfaces spearhead project, Forum Virium Helsinki coordinates subprojects related to open data and harmonizing Smart city APIs. The projects build on the pre-existing work of the CitySDK project and Helsinki Region Infoshare, which is now a part of the Helsinki region’s cities’ everyday operations.
The total budget of the project is 8 million euros.It involves the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu, as well as Tredea, Forum Virium Helsinki, Turku Science Park and Regional Council of Southwest Finland. The project ends in June 2017.
The six biggest cities in Finland are harmonizing and standardizing the ways they open and release data. This will make the data more attractive for business.