The six biggest cities joined their forces and made it easier to utilise open data.
The Six Cities harmonised their data formats and interfaces between the cities to make it as easy as possible to utilise open data for commercial services. Additionally, they surveyed existing standards and developed solutions based on the best practices.
Part of Open data and interfaces spearhead project
The projects were part the 6Aika Open Data and Interfaces spearhead project. Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu opened up their public data in the spearhead project. The aim was to develop shared operating models for opening up data, open harmonised APIs and facilitate the utilisation of open data in business. The work was carried out simultaneously and in the same manner in the different cities. The project resulted in a significant increase in collaboration between the participating cities as well as between cities and companies. After the conclusion of the spearhead project, the cities continued to open up data as part of their basic operations.
The City of Tampere was the leading partner of the spearhead project, and it was coordinated by Business Tampere. Subprojects were carried out by the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku and Oulu as well as Forum Virium Helsinki, Turku Science Park and the Regional Council of Southwest Finland. The total budget of the project, which ran from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2017, was EUR 8,100,000.
Forum Virium in charge of the subproject that harmonised data and APIs
Forum Virium Helsinki coordinated subprojects related to open data and harmonizing Smart city APIs. The projects built on the pre-existing work of the CitySDK project and Helsinki Region Infoshare.