First decade of Open Data in Finland -event — thanks all participants!

Jarmo Toikkanen from OKFI gave the opening speech on Thursday. took part in the First Decade of Open Data in Finland -event organised by Open Knowledge Finland (OKFI) and Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI) on 8.10. – 10.10 in Helsinki. We want to thank HRI and OKFI for organising this event and everyone who took part in it.

The event began on Tuesday with different kinds of workshops about open data including programming, open culture data (OpenGLAM), and geographic information. The service owner of, Mika Honkanen, held a workshop about how to communicate the recasting PSI Directive in an understandable manner.

The history of open data in Finland was reminisced on Thursday’s celebration at the Helsinki City Hall. Many speakers emphasized the importance of cooperation and thanked the amazing open data community for getting where we are today.'s service owner Mika Honkanen and product owner Anssi Ahlberg presented the dataset ideas to the crowd.

A goal for future years is to increase the use of open data and improve the quality of the data that has been opened. The recasting PSI Directive is also important for the future of open data. held a short workshop about the directive on Thursday. We asked for EU level dataset ideas belonging to the six high-value dataset categories. Thank you for all your ideas and feedback! We will communicate them onwards and post updates on Twitter @avoindatafi.

The event ended with keynote speaker, Adrienne Schmoeker, Deputy Chief Analytics Officer at City of New York. The next goals for New York City’s open data is to explore open source platforms, facilitate peer exchange among Open Data Coordinators and connecting Open Data to citywide performance reporting. Schmoeker also mentioned a report about the next decade of open data (pdf). 

Adrienne Schmoeker emphasized that open data is meant for everyone, not just for the tech-savvy.

Pictures of the event can be found on Twitter under #Avoindata10v

We will be at GIS Expo next month. Come meet us there!