Course Theme

The course is based on the use of open resources, in particular Open Data. Domingo et al. (2013) define the concept of Open Data as follows:

"Open data is the concept that defines the publication of government or private company data without copyright restrictions. The data should be formatted so that citizens can reuse it at their discretion to create new, innovative services or applications."

Often times a particular license or 'Terms and Conditions' is attached to data publications to define the rights to use the data provided. Open Data refers specifically to data that can be used freely or have been granted an open license for the purposes of reuse.

Open resources (data) have received a lot of attention in Finland, and competitions on open data applications have been arranged. See See also an example of the winner (Apps4Finland) application at

The open data concept and the use of open resources seamlessly integrate with the concept of open innovation proposed by Chesbrough (). Open innovation signifies the use of existing resources (inflow of the innovation process) for the production of novel outcomes (purposive outflow).

During TIEA207 project course, we ideate (cf. innovation ability and creativity), design, and implement prototypes of software products that utilize open resources. We work in small groups, each group commencing their own project.

Selecting the Project Topic

The important phase at the beginning of the project is the selection of the project topic. Each group ideates a project. This procedure can be facilitated by considering the following items:

It is important that you reserve time for ideation and involve all group members in this activity. Try to interact as much as possible in order to refine initial ideas. Do not hesitate to come up with "crazy ideas."

We will dedicate our first group meetings with supervisors to ideation activities. The first meeting, an ideation session, is initiated so that each group member must have at least one initial idea for the project.

As you are making an agreement within the group on the project topic, you should also consider feasibility. At this stage, you are concerned with:

Remember that ideating and continuous prototyping is likely to continue throughout the project.

Data Resources

Google for more! "Open Data" is a good key/search word!

Learning Goals and Course Evaluation

By taking this course, you should learn and/or improve on the following:

The course consists of independent group work. In addition, we have shared course events and each group meets supervisors on weekly basis. The course evaluation is pass/fail. To pass, you need to

Groups & Facilities

Groups are formed during the starting meeting. Each group is provided with a project room (Agora, second floor). Select an acronym for your project (that is, team name) and add a note with that name to your room door. A few computers are found in the project rooms, which can be freely used in projects. Use of own laptop is nevertheless recommended. The computers of the project room are pre-installed with Linux operating systems. Regarding these computers, you can make requests to in order to have particular software installed on them. You can also be granted sudo/local administration rights to a particular computer. Please, make such a request to pc support as well. Remember to mention the name of the computer and your own username in the request message. We link project groups to particular project rooms during the starting meeting.

You will receive personal keys to access students' study area (electronic key) and your project room (traditional key). The list of course participants has been delivered to Agora officials. All you need to do is to go to the Agora officials' desk at Agora lobby and request the keys by telling your name and the course you are taking. You will be handed the keys needed as you fill a small form and sign it.

Project Agreement (IPR)

The actions of individuals in project groups will (unavoidably) engender immaterial rights during the projects. In order to follow professional practice, these rights must be agreed on as part of fair and acknowledgeable group work. Thus, individuals in groups must be willing to agree on what to do with the project results as for immaterial rights. A project agreement template has been developed at the JYU/MIT department to help making the agreements. The template will be reviewed during the starting meeting of the course, and it is found here.

Course Syllabus

The figure below presents an overview of the course events and activities.

The course syllabus is as follows:

  1. Week 38: The starting meeting
  2. Week 39: Project lecture, time agreed during the starting meeting
  3. Week 41: Presentations given by groups on the project topics and project management activities; instructions will be given by email and during the week 39 lecture; time agreed during the starting meeting
  4. Week 43: Self-evaluations (once or twice during the project), consisting of individual task and group tasks, exact times will be announced later
  5. Week 47: Lecture on immaterial rights (exact time announced later)
  6. Week 50: Open-doors session where projects are presented to audience

Notice that the course consists of independent work which is supported by weekly group meetings with supervisors.

Work Hours Tracking & Management Tools

You must track your work hours. Choose a tool of your interest, while we might recommend trying You must in the minimum include the day, duration, task description for each entry. The minimum of work hours to pass the course is 100! (5 credit course including a learning report).

Tools such as Trello and Slack may be greatly helpful in managing the project.


A few lectures are included in the course. These are the following:

Personal Learning Report

Each participant will prepare a personal learning report by the end of the course. In this report, reflect on your own and your group's performance. The following items must be addressed in the report (feel free to add any other perspectives to your report):

For an acceptable learning report, do not merely describe but reflect on the reasons and analyze! The minimum length of the report is three pages plus an attachment describing work hours. The report is returned to the course teacher by email (

Course Closure Recap

At the end of the project, your group will

and you will personally

(to be potentially complemented...)


Please, do not hesitate to contact us (f2f, slack, email, phone...)!

Ville Isomöttönen (the course teacher)

Jarkko Saltiola (technical supervisor)