Project introduction ---

DataLiiKe – Data Cooperation for New Business and Developing Services

Artikkelikuva: Project introduction

The DataLiiKe – Data Cooperation for New Business and Developing Services project increases business opportunities based on public data for companies in the Uusimaa region. The project promotes the development of the region’s data ecosystem by strengthening data cooperation between operators.


The main objective of the project is to increase the business opportunities of companies that need and use public data in their business activities and companies that provide data to the public sector in the Uusimaa region. To this end, the project is aimed at promoting the development of the region’s data ecosystem by strengthening data cooperation between operators.

The development of the data ecosystem requires awareness of the current situation and the identification, creation and facilitation of good operating models. In recognition of this, the project will generate situational awareness, identify problems and opportunities and develop replicable data cooperation models. 

The project will lay the groundwork for data cooperation and the development of the data ecosystem with the City of Helsinki, thus producing a replicable example for other cities and regions.

Duration, funding and budget

  • 1 April 2024–30 September 2025
  • The project is partly funded by the European Union.
  • The project has a total budget of EUR 199,956, consisting of EUR 139,969 from the ERDF, EUR 1,000 from Forum Virium Helsinki and EUR 59,987 of matching funding from the City of Helsinki.

The role of Forum Virium Helsinki

The project is being carried out by Forum Virium Helsinki. Operations will be monitored by a steering group consisting of the project’s key stakeholders.

Benefits for Helsinki

The City of Helsinki serves as a case example in the project. The project complements the City’s data ecosystem work with a strong business and RDI perspective, practical cooperation models and concrete guidelines, thus contributing to the growth of the region’s and especially the Helsinki Metropolitan Area’s data cooperation network and strengthening the local data ecosystem.

The project will provide cascading benefits for companies, regional RDI work and cities. The groundwork carried out and lessons learned during the project contribute to the main objective of the project over the long term; companies’ business opportunities and competitiveness improve as opportunities to utilise public data and to benefit from company-produced data are developed. Cities, including Helsinki, receive concrete benefits in the form of better services, more effective operations and sustainable business activities.


The project takes the concept of a responsible data economy into account in many ways. The project is in line with the Smart Specialisation Strategy for the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and also contributes to the objectives of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme. The project supports the Innovation and Skills in Finland 2021–2017 ERDF programme and is also in line with the Baltic Sea strategy. 

The project also implements the European Data Strategy, according to which data is an essential resource for economic growth, competitiveness, innovation, job creation and general social progress.

The project takes into account the horizontal principles of the ERDF programme, including equality between women and men, which is still unbalanced in the technology sector, and sustainable development, particularly in terms of the development of intangible products and services.

Photo: Marek Sabogal, Helsinki Partners