The availability of important public information resources for both citizens and the media is the basis of democracy and the transparency of information. This was the premise for creating the open data service of the Finnish Parliament using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud service. Now Solita is the MSP partner responsible for operating all of the Parliament’s AWS cloud services and developing and maintaining the applications built upon them.
The Parliament’s open data service provides parliamentary documents, voting data and attendance data starting primarily from 2015. The service was supplemented with digitised parliamentary documents as a parallel service that expanded the data to the years 1907–2000.
The open data and digitised parliamentary documents services allow users to search, view and download the public documents produced by the Parliament, including government proposals, committee reports, expert statements and voting results. Researchers, the media and activists have been particularly interested in the service.