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Apps4Finland 2011 Gaala - workshop - "Learning to publish and benefit from open data". Helsinki Region Infoshare part of the workshop presentation …

Apps4Finland 2011 Gaala - workshop - "Learning to publish and benefit from open data". Helsinki Region Infoshare part of the workshop presentation

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Ton Zijlstra from Interdependent Thoughts and Ville Meloni from Helsinki Region Infoshare will present and discuss how organizations are currently opening data and learning to benefit from the open data ecosystem. Not surprisingly, most of the problems related to open data are legal, organizational and financial, not technological. The workshop aims to equip participants with an overview of aproaches to circumvent barriers to open data. (This session is in English)

http://www.apps4finland.fi/fi/ajankohtaista/avoin-data-workshop-22-11.2011

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  • -Government efficiency: 1) Increasing data openness makes it easier to use for other government agencies, too. 2) Harmonizing information management practices brings economies of scale and makes knowledge transfer between organizations easier. 3) Saving time for everyone. -Business and innovation: 1) Giving access to government data for free is good for companies. It breeds new markets and supports innovation. 2) Better services for citizens, 3) For example, new ways to use information have many times been found by people who have a different educational background compared to the usual users. -Transparency and democracy: 1) Open data supports active citizenship, research and journalism by increasing transparency. 2) For example, it facilitates discussions in social media by making it easier to reference to government information. -> good example in Finland is what Helsingin Sanomat mediacompany did with their parliamentary election with their “election machine” -> opened that data, bred lots of applications, visualizations and discussion

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  • 1. Helsinki Region Infoshare TOP-5 Open data questions from public agencies Project Manager Ville Meloni Forum Virium Helsinki 22.11.11 - Apps4Finland 2011 – Workshop - Learning to publish and benefit from open data
  • 2. Agenda of HRI-presentation part
    • Overview of Helsinki Region Infoshare open data pilot
    • TOP-5 topics that public agencies typically raise when discussing open data with them
  • 3. HRI - Project Overview 28.11.11 Forum Virium Helsinki “ Making regional information quickly and easily accessible to all. The information can be used freely at no cost ” To develop a network of information owners who maintain and open their data following common guidelines. To build a web service through which the data can be easily found, accessed and utilised. Provide information as machine readable ” raw data ” which is easy to utilize in various applications and web-services. To pilot an open data activity model and its implications to both the producers and end users of the data.
  • 4. Timeline, financing, implementation 28.11.11 Forum Virium Helsinki Collaboration with many different organisations to open data i.e. government, other municipalities, municipal organizations, etc.
    • Financing
    • Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen
    • Finnish innovation fund (Sitra)
    • Ministry of Finance
    • Implementation
    • Directive board
    • City of Helsinki Urban Facts
    • Forum Virium Helsinki
    Timeline 2010-2012 (pilot) 2012- (on-going function) Collaboration between data producers and developers using that data!
  • 5. Why open data ?
    • Government efficiency
    • Business and innovation
    • Transparency and democracy
  • 6. What data is opened ?
    • Statistics and estimates
      • Urban phenomenon: demographics, employment, housing, commuting, etc.
      • Geographical granularity: municipal, district, grid-level, etc.
    • Geospatial data
      • Data that supports presentation of statistical and other data on a map, i.e. district-level shapefiles.
    • Other data
      • Public services, mass-transportation, infrastructure related data, etc.
    28.11.11
  • 7. HRI-Open data operational model 28.11.11 Forum Virium Helsinki PHASED APPROACH CLEARING HOUSE END-USERS DISTRI-BUTION Public data /producers and sources HELSINKI REGION INFOSHARE
    • Maintenance of the web service
    • Collecting users feedback
    • Updating of data catalogs
    • Definition of HRI data -criteria, information policy and principles, …, licensing
    • Support to data providers
    Production, maintenance, provision according to agreed rules and legal framework
    • Employees of the municipalities
    • State government
    • Enterprises
    • Research and education
    • Citizens
    ” www. hri.fi ” ” extra. Hri.fi”
    • Data Catalogs
    • (data + metadata)
    • Criteria and instructions
    • Tools to open the data
    • Feedback
    • Data Catalogs
    • Feedback on data
    • Feedback on the service
    UTILISATION DISTRIBUTION OPENING PRODUCTION
  • 8.
    • ” Easy to find, access and utilize data ”
    • Maintaining of the metadata. Actual data is hosted elsewhere.
    • A channel for data users to give feedback and request new data.
    • Brings visibility to existing data pools and encourages more usage.
    • Open for all : companies, citizends, municipal administration, research institutions, etc.
    www.hri.fi -web-service
  • 9. www.hri.fi -web-service Data-search, access, feedback, rating and discussions News about project progress , experiences from different stakeholders
  • 10. www.hri.fi -web-service
  • 11. HRI - Open data publishing process http://www.hri.fi/fi/nain-julkaiset-dataa-hri-verkkopalveluun/
  • 12. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • TOP-5 topics that public agencies raise when discussing open data with them
    • -based on HRI-experiences so far talking with the public agencies
    • in the Helsinki metropolitan area
  • 13. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • #1 Need to understand direct benefit
    • Q: “Developers benefit and the society benefits at large, sure…But what’s in it for us right now?”
  • 14. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • #1 Need to understand direct benefit
    • Q: “Developers benefit and the society benefits at large, sure…But what’s in it for us right now?”
    • A: Cost savings. Achieving more with less. Driving agency’s key goals. Getting wider, external input to internal development. Doing things that would otherwise be impossible.
  • 15. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • #2 Worry about extra effort (time, money) needed
    • Q: “Open data starts to sound interesting - but our resources are fully booked now. This probably requires lots of IT-competence etc. Maybe we can start something in 6 months time. And after that we probably need more budget.”
  • 16. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • #2 Worry about extra effort (time, money) needed
    • Q: “Open data starts to sound interesting - but our resources are fully booked now. This probably requires lots of IT-competence etc. Maybe we can start something in 6 months time. And after that we probably need more budget.”
    • A: Start piloting with “15 minutes time investment”. Your IT probably already knows how to do it. Further small & quick steps first. Invest more when ROI becomes clearer.
  • 17. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • #3 Nowhere to put the open data (files)
    • Q: “OK. So we can export public CSV-files out of our database contents to pilot this. Sounds simple. But where do we put the files ? Do you have any storage for us?”
  • 18. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • #3 Nowhere to put the open data (files)
    • Q: “OK. So we can export public CSV-files out of our database contents to pilot this. Sounds simple. But where do we put the files ? Do you have any storage for us?”
    • A: How do you publish your existing PDF-files ? Use that same mechanism to get started with piloting. But data-storage and API-hosting issues need to be tackled in the long run.
  • 19. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • #4 Worry of misuse or misunderstanding of the data
    • Q: “This data is for experts. Heck – even some of our own people have trouble understanding it fully. So what if someone creates a popular application out of the data that misguides the public to believe something that is not true?”
  • 20. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • #4 Worry of misuse or misunderstanding of the data
    • Q: “This data is for experts. Heck – even some of our own people have trouble understanding it fully. So what if someone creates a popular application out of the data that misguides the public to believe something that is not true?”
    • A: Describe your data. Provide links to data descriptions. Remind users (developers) to credit the source and provide links to your original data. Many people understand that data is not always perfect and can live with it.
  • 21. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • #5 Worry of data feedback overload
    • Q: “What if our data is so popular that we get tons of questions and new requests. Who is going to handle that ?”
  • 22. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • #5 Worry of data feedback overload
    • Q: “What if our data is so popular that we get tons of questions and new requests. Who is going to handle that ?”
    • A: This probably happens seldom that we think – world is a big place. Encouraging public feedback that everyone can learn from and help each other. Getting (constructive) feedback is a good sign – someone is interested. Use feedback to start a conversation that helps you.
  • 23. Lessons learned from public agency visits
    • Other topics
    • Q: “Do we get the credit for publishing our data ? i.e. is it HRI-data or our (agency) data?”
    • Q: “We currently sell the data. How do we get compensated if we give it for free?”
    • Q: “We are worried about the privacy issues. Data we have is very granular. We would need to make it less granular. To what extent do we need to do that?”
    • Q: “Is there any way that the public can submit us complementing data ?”
    • … and many more…
  • 24. Thank you !
    • www.hri.fi
    • semantic.hri.fi
    • http://www.facebook.com/helsinkiregioninfoshare
    Ville Meloni Forum Virium Helsinki Project Manager [email_address] www.forumvirium.fi http://www.flickr.com/photos/nney/139447386/sizes/z/in/photostream/