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Tue, 05 Jan, 2016 12:29:50 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jan 5
Helsinki City Hall. File Photo Lehtikuva.
According to researchers, publicity is best obtained when information is published online for all to read. As a pioneer in Finland, Helsinki plans to expand its supply of open information online.
Helsinki will publish online the decisions of its institutions and officials, as well as the city’s purchases. 
According to their plans, this year will also see the publication of the titles of all matters under discussion in the city, including those still pending.
This is how the city plans to manage its so-called Information Registry. The registry is a list of documents that have gone through or originated from official agencies. 
The aim of transparency is to strengthen democracy and to increase the empowerment of residents, said leading expert Katja Räisänen of Helsinki’s information management scheme.
“This will improve the residents’ opportunities to monitor and raise issues that are of interest to them in debates. Often, if the case has advanced too far in the decision making, it’s too late to introduce changes,” Räisänen added.
According to Räisänen, the Information Registry may include “everything between heaven and earth.” This may include, for example, how institutions process issues and initiatives started by local residents.
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