Information systems in public administration are complex and often difficult to develop. Therefore, Finlands Ministry of Finance has selected and put emphasis on expanding Enterprise Architecture in the public sector in Finland. Enterprise Architecture provides the proven set of tools and methods to deal with this complexity; it provides different but interlinked views while keeping the focus on the whole life-cycle of processes, information and systems.
The purpose of using Enterprise Architecture in the public sector is to improve performance and efficiency of ICT. Especially EA is aiming to increase the interoperability and information sharing between organizations and solutions. Interoperability will lead to positive consequences like cost-efficient system development, fast and lean administrative processes and usable information contents.
Finlands National Open Data Portal Opendata.fi is a service for sharing open data and interoperability tools and guidelines of public administration organisations. It is targeted for all audiences who aim at making use of open public information resources. Also companies and citizens are allowed to store open data into the service. The service is free of charge and has currently 1500 datasets. All data from Opendata.fi is harvested daily by European Data Portal. Opendata.fi service holds over 300 interoperability datasets such as instructions for cities how to open their finance records to the public, training material for the public sector and standards for accessibility.
Open data guide
Opendata.fi service offers also a guide on how to open data. Open data guide has instructions, training material and useful tools to open data. The content of open data guide has recently been expanded with internationally known best practices concerning open data and the process of opening public sector information. Best practices created by Share-PSI thematic network are based on the European Comission's Revised PSI Directive. Practices are aimed to support and harmonize the process of opening data in the public sector. They are defined on high-level to enable their implementation in actual national or local environments and designed to accelerate the enactment of the directive.
Training courses are available
Finlands Ministry of Finance organizes open data and interoperability training for public administration. Topics on this training course are for example open licenses, machine readable formats and laws to consider during data opening process.