Data sets 2018

The following organisations are making available open cultural materials and data to the hackathon:

Helsinki City Museum

Dataset 1: Signe Brander’s panoramic photos of Helsinki from the early 20th century in full resolution. Includes small hand drawn maps that show the place and orientation of the image.
License: CC BY 4.0

Dataset 2: Over 63 000 photographs, digitised art, and objects from the collections of Helsinki City Museum accessible via Finna interface or Finna API. See also service built on Finna API “”.
License: CC BY 4.0

Dataset 3: Information on the history of buildings in Helsinki. The coordinate system in use is: ETRS-GK25.
License: CC0

Finnish broadcasting company – YLE

Dataset: Over 200 historical press related photographs on e.g. equipment and people participating in radio broadcasts and early tv productions.
License: No known copyright restrictions (Public Domain)

Dataset: Over 1000 sound effects, recorded during the last 70 years using various techniques
License: CC BY

Dataset:  89 clips of silent films presenting the Finnish nature, countryside and life in the cities. A few clips from the year 1918 also included.
License: CC BY

Dataset:  Radio and TV program registers and metadata about the articles and medias of the Yle Elävä arkisto (Finnish) and Yle Arkivet (Swedish) online archives
License: CC0

List of all Yle’s open data set (in Finnish)

Contact: Tuomas Nolvi, tuomas.nolvi[a]

National Library of Finland

Dataset: Finna-metadata and resources

The API provides a way to perform searches to the material provided by the organizations (Finnish libraries, archives and museums) participating in For example the metadata of Fennica – the Finnish National Bibliography and Viola – the Finnish National Discography are included in the API. The Library Network Services unit of the National Library is responsible for the maintenance and development of the interface. Inquiries and feedback on the API:  finna-posti AT

Examples and more information:

Licence: CC0

Link: (swagger)

Contact: Piia Naukkarinen piia.naukkarinen{@}, service designer, National Library of Finland

Other Datasets from National Library:

Data Sets

Other APIs from National Library:

Mannerheim Museum

Dataset:  The Mannerheim Museum offers photographs of Gustaf Mannerheim participating public events at the start of a young new republic forming and taking its first steps (1918 to the beginning of the 1920’s). Publicity and a public identity were an important instrument for Mannerheim and a natural state of being.  Do the photographs reveal as to how Gustaf Mannerheim experienced his role as a public figure? Or in reverse, how the soldier, brought up in the public eye and lifted up to a high public position, related to his momentary private life in the 1920’s?

License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Contact: Liisa Oikari, head of collections,

Gallen-Kallela Museum

The Gallen-Kallela Museum offers three sets of open data from the museum collections.

Data set:  Photographs from Suomenlinna fortress in 1918. The dataset consist of 52 photographs that were taken in Suomenlinna fortress in 1918. During and after the Civil War in Finland Red Guard prisoners were kept in Suomenlinna in prison camps. The photographer is unknown.

License: CC0, No known copyright restrictions

Possible ideas & scenarios for creative use: Could be used in the 1918 -track

Data set: Akseli In Africa. 169 photographs from the early 20th century East Africa. Artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela lived with his family in British East Africa, now Kenya, during the years 1909–1910, and enjoyed his stay there. He painted and together the family photographed, went on safaris and assembled an ethnographical and zoological collection.

License: CC0, No known copyright restrictions

Possible ideas & scenarios for creative use: Are you familiar with the Kenyan cultures? Could you offer more information, new points of view or make a re-reading of the images? For more information check also:

Dataset: List of Mary Gallén’s piano student’s  1910s-1930s, xlsx. Amongst her many talents, Mary Gallén, wife of the artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela, was a musician, a concert pianist. During 1910-1930’s she excelled as a piano teacher. The list shows Mary’s 168 piano students.

License: CC0

Salla Tiainen, head of museum education and public programmes,
Minna Turtiainen, head of collections,

Music Archive Finland

Music Archive Finland offers three datasets, which includes background information about respondent and their response. Please note that the datasets are in Finnish.

Dataset: Mihin jäi punk? (Where did punk go?)

Mihin jäi punk? -survey collected memories of the first wave of a Finnish punk movement: What was it like to be a punk in 1977 – 1982?

Dataset includes 36 responses and background information: gender, date of birth, place of domicile at the moment and the role.

License: CC BY, Juho Hänninen


Dataset: Fanimuistot talteen (Reminiscences of fandom)

The oral history material of the “Fanimuistot talteen” -survey was collected in 2011 – 2012 by Janne Poikolainen, who used the data in his dissertation. The “Fanimuistot talteen” -survey consists of written memories and perceptions of fandom and popular music.

Dataset includes 107 responses and background information: gender, date of birth, artist/band.

License: CC BY 4.0, Janne Poikolainen & Music Archive Finland


Dataset: Itsenäisyyden laulut (Songs of independence)

In 2016 Helsinki City Museum and  Music Archive Finland carried out Itsenäisyyden laulut -project to collect memories and perceptions of songs from different decades. It was part of Suomi Finland 100 centenary celebration year. Survey was done with a questionnaire, which included same question about each decade (see below) and background information: gender, age scale, level of education,  place of domicile: Helsinki / Helsinki metropolitan area / other city / locality / countryside / foreign countries. “What song comes to your mind when you think 1920´s-2010´s Finland? Why this song especially?”

Dataset includes 275 responses and background information.

License: CC BY 4.0, Helsinki City Museum, Music Archive Finland


Contact: Maaret Storgårds, Music Archive Finland,

National Museum of Finland

Description of the data set:  Markka (eng. mark)
The mark is originally an old North European unit of weight, which also has been used as a unit for reckoning money. In the early 16th century it was struck as a silver coin in northern Germany and soon thereafter in the Baltic and Nordic countries. In Germany it was already in the 16th century superseded by the taler, but in Hamburg the 16 schilling coin was later officially known as a mark.

The Swedish medieval coinage system was reorganized at the time of Gustav Vasa  (1496 –1560, King of Sweden from 1523 until his death in 1560). In Sweden the mark was divided into 8 öres, 24 örtugs and 192 pennies. At first only pennies and örtugs were struck, followed by öres in 1521. The first Swedish mark coins were minted in 1536. In 1556–58 both round coins and klippings (square coins) were also struck in Turku castle (Finland).

The mark was used in Sweden until 1776, when riksdaler became the basic unit. When Finland in 1860 was granted a monetary unit of its own, it was named the mark. The name was at that time not used elsewhere, but the situation changed when United Germany adopted the mark in 1871. In Sweden, riksdalers were replaced by crowns in 1873. The Finnish markka was the currency of Finland until 28 February 2002, when it ceased to be legal tender.

Licence: CC BY 4.0.

Link to the dataset

Contact information: Jere Leskinen, National Museum of Finland

The Finnish Museum of Photography

Dataset: Nearly 600 photographs from the Museum’s collections available on museum’s Flickr account.

  • The collection of Central Union of Consumer Co-operatives (KK) feature images of urbanisation, industrialisation and the emergence of consumer culture. The vantage point is that of the working class. We see work and workers move from villages to cities, from fields to assembly lines.
  • Helsinki street views in early summer mornings, photographed by I.K. Inha in 1908-1909.
  • Finnish Landscape and tourist attractions in The Finnish Tourism Association’s collection.
  • Finnish agriculture photographed by I.K. Inha in 1899 as a commission for the World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle) in Paris in 1900. Including individual portraits of cows and bulls posing next to their owners.
  • Salon Strindberg: Studio portraits of the Finnish cultural elite in the early 20th century.
  • Early curiosities: Daguerreotypes and Autochrome (early colour photographs).
  • Photos of Jean Sibelius and his surroundings in Ainola.

License: CC0

Link to the data set 

Contact information:

Laura Gelmi, curator of collections, laura.gelmi(at), tel. 050 347 1475
Anni Wallenius, chief curator of collections, anni.wallenius(at), tel. 041 440 6387

Finnish National Gallery

Artworks from the Collection of the Finnish National Gallery

Copyright-free artworks from the collection of the Finnish National Gallery (Ateneum Art Museum and Sinebrychoff Art Museum). Over 12,000 images of artworks from Old Masters to the best-known and most-beloved Finnish artists and international masters from the turn of 20th century.

Licence: CC0

Link to the dataset:

Please note that the images can’t be downloaded as a dataset, but one by one.

Description: Finnish National Gallery collection metadata
Licence CC0
Link to the dataset
Possible ideas & scenarios for creative use: see the track Sibelius and the musical matchbox

Description:  Discovering Hugo Simberg

The album contains a free release of photographs taken by the Finnish artist Hugo Simberg in 1891–1917. Simberg (1873–1917), one of Finland’s most beloved artists, was an avid photographer who documented his family, surroundings and travels. Roughly half of the pictures feature summertime scenes at the family estate Niemenlautta on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Simberg also used photographs as an aid in his work. Most of the 997 pictures have been taken by Simberg himself. The negatives are included in the Hugo Simberg Archive which belongs to the Finnish National Gallery Archive Collections. Instead of negative images, digital positives are presented in the Flickr album.

Description:  Historical photos of Ateneum

13 old photos of from the Archive Collections of the Finnish National Gallery showing the Ateneum building and the activities inside: art school and exhibitions from the turn of the 20th century

Description: Glass negatives by Daniel Nyblin

Unique collection of glass negatives by the prominent early photographer Daniel Nyblin (1856–1923) active in Finland. Photos taken in 1879–1904. Contemporary Finnish art from the turn of the 20th century: Nyblin recorded on glass negatives newly completed or first-exhibited Finnish art works.

Description: Kiasma under construction 1996–98

Construction of the museum building, designed by the American architect Steven Holl, along Mannerheimintie in Helsinki began in 1996, and Kiasma was opened to the public in 1998. The album showcases the construction phase with 23 photos.

Description: The Kiasma building

The album presents the Kiasma building with its surroundings with 77 photos. Designed by the American architect Steven Holl, Kiasma was completed in 1998. The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma is located on Mannerheimintie in the centre of Helsinki. It is part of the Finnish National Gallery.

Contact information Hanna-Leena Paloposki, chief curator, Finnish National Gallery,

Helsinki Region Infoshare (Open data service of the cities in Helsinki Metropolitan Area)

Contact information:,, @HRInfoshare

Possible ideas & scenarios for creative use: You might get some inspiration by browsing our app gallery

The National Archive – The Säkylä Time Machine track

Pictures and documents:  Privately owned pictures and documents at Säkylä’s Topotheque (http://sakyla.topoteekki.fiSäkylä’s material at (

Person registersSäkylä Parish Archives at the Digital Archives 

Maps Säkylä’s maps from 18th to 20th Century at the National Archive’s Digital Archive (
Säkylä’s printed maps from 20th Century by the National Land Survey of Finland

Please see also
Search in Finna and Digital Archives with a keyword Säkylä to find other Säkylä-related material

Museoviraston Kuvakokoelmat – The Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency

Data set 1.The Finnish Civil War 1918

Images from The Finnish Civil War 1918. The dataset (digitised sample from the collection) consist of over 2,300 images from the time of Finnish Civil war 1918 from various locations in Finland and representing the different perspectives to the events.

Licence CC BY 4.0

Link to the data set:*1918*

Data set 2. Public Gatherings – Demonstrations and Celebrations

The Picture Collections include photographs from demonstrations from 1905 to date, rock festivals, folk festivals, annual festivals, markets and local events that bring people together, but often also make visible the differences between them.

License: CC BY 4.0, with some minor exceptions

Link to the data set:

Data set 3. Everyday Life through the Decades 1900-

Food, fashion, technology, politics, 1960’s, 1970’s and other thematic albums (679 pictures) that present people’s lives through the the decades of the 1900’s.

Licenses: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 or CC-BY-NC-ND 2-0 (to be checked from each photo)


Data set 4. The Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency

The Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency record and tell stories of the history and cultures of the area of Finland, the built environment, and the Finno-Ugric cultures, as well as the cultures of areas outside Finland through documentation by Finnish researchers and explorers. The material in the collections covers historical events as well as depictions of the everyday lives of the people. The collections also include the extensive collections of the Press Photo Archive (JOKA), which include news and entertainment images from newspapers over the past decades. The pictures (created with different techniques (photographs, drawings, watercolours, graphics, and prints) date from the 1500s to the present.

Licence CC-BY 4.0, with some minor exceptions

Link to the data set:


Hannu Häkkinen, Museovirasto – Finnish Heritage Agency /
Suvi Sillanpää, Museovirasto – Finnish Heritage Agency /

Possible ideas for creative use:

  • Track:  Rephotography – adding a new dimension to photographs.  

Wikimedia Suomi & Ajapaik

Dataset: Currently geotagged free images from Finna in Ajapaik
License: CC0 (data) Creative Commos (photos) MIT licence (code)

Software: Ajapaik Android app
Source code: