Open Data – The New Oil For Miners

Open Data – The New Oil For Miners

Last Wednesday, we enjoyed a treat for data lovers. Our event, Aaltoes Insights on Open Data, turned out to be an interesting introduction to the local open data community.

With 100 participants and six speakers, we got an understanding of the open data industry, and also a sneak peek into the resources available for developers and data miners. For example, in 2013, HRI (Helsinki Region Infoshare) plans to publish energy-related data, and statistical data about the services in the region. We heard that HSL (Helsinki Region Transport) trusts external developers and alike to create journey planner applications with better user experience and apps for special audiences. In addition, Ilkka from BlindSquare showcased a great example for using open data: his startup collects open map data and Foursquare entries for helping blind people with their everyday lives.

1:35 - Ville Peltola, IBM (link redirects to YouTube)
15:30 - Roope Tervo, Finnish Meteorological Institute
30:21 - Jari Honkonen, HSL (Helsinki Region Transport)
34:52 - Tuukka Hastrup, HSL (Helsinki Region Transport, Developer Community)
46:40 - Ville Meloni, HRI (Helsinki Region Infoshare)
1:06:56 - Ilkka Pirttimaa, BlindSquare

The most exciting news we heard, was that the Finnish Meteorological Institute will publish their data for developers. Inspired by the forthcoming data to-be-published, Aaltoes will organize a Build it hackathon with the same theme – after the data is out. More information about the publication at their site (in Finnish):

Finally, a big thank you for Ville Peltola for making this possible!

Further reading and tweets:

Roope Tervo’s slides on the weather data to be published
Ville Meloni’s slidedeck with additional slides
BlindSquare demo at YouTube




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