The IBM team in Helsinki was asked to help the City develop strategies for creating visualizations that can enable citizens make use of and benefit from open data, and define the components necessary to grow a sustainable, repeatable platform, process and ecosystem to leverage the principles of open data, turning data into information, information into action, and action into change. Key recommendations included expanding support for the open data community, managing and measuring the balance between engagement models, designing feedback mechanisms to support the evolution of the open data ecosystem; creating a social visualization web site, platform and API; continuing to evolve the role of Helsinki Region Infoshare; and seeking opportunities to use open data to drive internal change.
For more information about the project, check out the City of Helsinki's summary.
Jussi Ilmari Pajunen is a Finnish politician of the National Coalition Party and has served as Mayor of Helsinki since 2005. He was a member of the City Council from 1997-2005 and became a member of the City Board in 1999, serving as its Chairman from 2003-2005.