In the era of modern research technologies, we generate more valuable data than ever before. However, we still have a major accessibility problem. How do we make data more accessible to its target groups? Or how do we connect citizens with science?

Open science benefits the academic community from students to researchers—it enables the creation of new business innovations and it is an equalizing force for society. In a nutshell, open science is crucial for a thriving society.

We open science enablers at CSC – IT CENTER FOR SCIENCE, NATIONAL LIBRARY OF FINLAND, IT CENTER OF UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI and Helsinki Think Company envision a world where science belongs to everyone. That’s why we called together Wide – Open Source Science, a unique challenge for all open science idealists. 


Wide – Open Source Science was a three-day challenge and hackathon for developers, students, researchers, technologists and other open science and open source enthusiasts. The mission was to bridge the gap between science and society. 

The event consisted of two tracks with two different approaches to the challenge. CODE track provided opportunity to dive into the technological side of open science and play with the provided data sets. With more of a GENERALIST background, participants were able to take a more conceptual, multidisciplinary approach.

During the weekend, participants developed impactful ideas, met experts of the field and became more familiar with the principles of open science. The event took place in LEIPÄTEHDAS, is a historical bread factory, which served as a modern coding cave in the heart of the old industrial area of Kallio.


Open Data Oracle – challenge for open source enthusiasts

The coding track challenged teams of 2–5 to apply their skills and programming knowledge to solve the accessibility problem of open research. Task was to create a solution that helped scientific archives become more attractive and accessible for all.

Teams created solutions, such as: search engines, gadgets combining current topics and history, as well as data viasualiations.


All coding solutions utilized at least one of the following data sets and APIs:

  • ANNIF.ORG, a statistical automated subject indexer using Finna as a corpus
  • FENNICA-LD, the national bibliography Fennica provided as RDF Linked Data
  • FINNA.FI, an aggregator of metadata from Finnish archives, libraries and museums
  • YSO (GENERAL FINNISH ONTOLOGY), a trilingual ontology consisting mainly of general concepts
  • YSO-PLACES, a geographic directory containing administrative and geographical areas

For information on the data sets and their use, as well as API specs (e.g. REST API and Linked Data), one could use THE DATA CATALOG published by The National Library of Finland. Additionally, participants had the option to use CSC NOTEBOOKS for data analytics.

All solutions created as part of the hackathon were shared in a public GitHub repository (under a FOSS license of your choice).


New Frontiers Challenge – took science to new frontiers

Open science is much more than open access. Science should belong to everyone. The scientific process itself has to be made more open for the benefit it the scientific community. But how do we enforce the connection between academia and other realms? How do we connect a citizen with science?

This challenge was for everyone who wanted to be a part of making science more open. 

WHAT? A three-day, two-track challenge for open source science.

WHEN & WHERE: 26-28 October 2018, LEIPÄTEHDAS, Kaikukatu 4, Helsinki.

FOR WHOM? For enthusiasts of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds.
Coding track required the ability to work with the given data sets/APIs. 

Coding Track – 2500€
Multidisciplinary Track – 2500€