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  • Data Visualization in the US Elections

    With the pending presidential elections in the United States in November and the ongoing campaign to elect the Republican opponent to run against President Obama, it is no surprise that in the reporting about these events there is a myriad of data visualization and related social media applications to be found, with each news site […]

  • Genealogy and open data – Finland, Europe and the US

    Flo Apps’ Nomen est omen, which shows you what Finnish public databases tell about your family name, has proven to receive a steady stream of visitors since its launch. Started as a trial in 2009 to show how public online data can be combined and used in novel, informative ways, it has been regularly updated […]

  • Five days in Washington D.C. – what did we do?

    As a lot of people have asked me how the Apps4Dev prize ceremony in Washington D.C. went in April, I decided to reflect on my and Raine Rimpilä’s experiences visiting the World Bank one more time. We flew to Washington on Wednesday 13 April. We were instructed to meet at the World Bank at 9 […]

  • Finnish Open Data Highlights

    More and more data sets are being released as open data throughout the world and Finland is steadily following pace. The principle decision by the Finnish government in March 2011 that governmental data should primarily be open, machine readable and for free will contribute to more and more data sets being released during the oncoming […]

  • Twitter: will Finland follow the world?

    Twitter, one of the buzz words of recent world events: the Haiti earthquakes last year, the Brazilian landslides earlier this year and especially the current events in the Middle East have taken this micro-blogging service away from Hollywood’s Kutchers, Biebers and Gagas and propelled it into a relevant message tool that can stir more than […]