Visualising Finnish Arms Export Data : How Open Data can Benefit Society
Visualising Finnish Arms Export Data: How Open Data can Benefit Society
This blog post is about the Finnish Arms Export Report that Futurice created in collaboration with SaferGlobe.
Arms exports is a controversial subject. Opinions are widely diverse among different groups like journalists, peace activists, arms manufacturers, politicians, you and me, and everyone has their own agenda. So imagine what it would be like to build a service sheds some light on the business of selling arms, with all these different groups and their differing agendas as you user group.
That is just what we did.
This fall, Chilicorn Fund helped SaferGlobe, a Finnish group of researchers and peace activists, increase the transparency of Finland’s arms exports.For many years now, SaferGlobe has compiled an annual report on Finland’s arms trade and published on paper. Our mutual goal was to digitize this year’s report and make the gathered data more accessible and engaging.