Open data refers to raw data collected by public administration entities, businesses organisations and private individuals that is, or can be, made freely available to everyone to use.



The Information Society and the Welfare State


The Finnish model of the information society


Kuva logomon kahvilasta

Entries invited for 2013 Apps4Finland competition

Maisema Helsingistä

Helsinki Region Infoshare awarded Euro prize for innovation

Ystävykset Flow Festivalilla

Eino Leino 2.0


The path to 2050

In a world where more and more is being shared every day, could Finland and other countries benefit more from the sharing economy?

Who shares, wins

Helsinki's OKFestival was a huge success

Appetite grows for open data

Ilkka Lovio, Elinvoimafoorumi Helsingissä

The information society is finally here!

Hyppyramppi Kiasman edessä

From student cafeterias to the Government Banquet Hall

Helsinki city centre

The blind leading the seeing – no problem!

Ihminen ottaa valokuvaa polkupyörästä

The world’s first open data festival can inspire business


Towards an open and human-centric Information Society


Did you know?

Done by me - and us

Done by me – and us

How can Finland's traditional approach to information improve society even more?

Finland builds on its pioneering open information society

Sarjakuvapiirtäjä Taiteiden yössä

The tools of the new democracy – brisk action, funding and collective wisdom


New Democracy: more than just voting

Information society – a shared effort

Open sharing of data helps create a functional society and promote better services. Using such an open operational model in the provision of services could breed a new Finnish success story that helps create growth and sustains the public sector.

Increasing the amount of data in the public domain is still a major challenge. Currently, the majority of information is isolated in ”silos” within different public sector agencies and businesses, each of which is developing their own portals to the various databases. As far as people and businesses go, this is an annoying state of affairs since time is wasted in finding the information, learning to navigate different portal systems, reading meta data and integrating data obtained from different sources. As a consequence, statistics are often lagging behind a year or two.

Thus, authorities and businesses should boldly offer real-time, raw – unprocessed – data for public use, which would allow service providers to refine it into new solutions. The only way to find human-oriented solutions to complicated social problems is for administrations, companies and the public to engage in more cross-boundary cooperation.

Rigid structures must be abandoned in favour of flexible, networking models that can pave the way for a successful Finnish society. This will be further helped by new networking and open development platforms, as well as the availability of open data.

New service concepts are currently being developed to give people and companies easier access to services and to close the gaps between companies, public administration and the population. These concepts often find new ways of using public data and its subsequent processing. A major element of the work is the active participation of the public in the development or even in the launching of the new service models.

In order to promote the open sharing of data and its consequent use we need to develop and pilot innovative service concepts. The purpose is to discover their potential for social effectiveness, communicate the results and share the new best practices and services. Creating something new is based on doing and experimenting.

Some platforms for experiments


Contact us

Marja Pirttivaara
Senior Lead, Fair data economy
Tuula Tiihonen
Senior Lead, Democracy and participation
Anna Pulli
Assistant, Fair data economy

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