City of Helsinki aims to become the most functional city in the world by utilising urban Open Data in their 2017 - 2021 strategy. Key drivers to accomplish this strategy are open urban data and active community engagement.
The City of Helsinki created the Helsinki Region Infoshare, an Open Data service that helps people find urban data in Helsinki and in the neighbouring cities Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. Moreover, this service has over 10,000 different points of interest in the Helsinki metropolitan area, such as restaurants and historical landmark locations. This data is available to everyone, licensed openly, machine-readable and free of charge.
In addition to the Helsinki Region Infoshare service, the City of Helsinki is also pursuing other avenues to get benefit from Open Data and create impact. Currently, the City of Helsinki is testing several IoT platforms with the intention of collecting data that can later be published as open urban data.
The City of Helsinki is continuously updating their databases and datasets to provide current, if not real time, Open Data, while continuously exploiting data to innovate and create impact in the city.
For more information about how the City of Helsinki is using Open Data to become the most functional city in the world, read "Outcome of EDP's Webinar: Open Data in Smart Cities".