Big Data as Business Opportunity and Tricker to More Efficient Public Services

Ministry of Transport and Communication wants to find out how the big data can arise in various business sectors, and how the big data can be utilized in the more efficient production of public services. The development of self-data practices is one important step in the utilization of digitalisation. Self-data ecosystem requires a reliable exchange of information between different actors. The research is connected to Open Data –project, run in The Six City Strategy – Open and Smart Services carried out by the six largest cities in Finland: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. MDI is involved in the consortium led by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy ETLA, together with Forum Virium and Business Law Finland. The project will be completed in December 2015.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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