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Visualize Digiroad! – visualization challenge for Finnish national road and street data

Have you created beautiful GIS data visualizations – or are you eager to learn visualizing techniques now? We are looking for a spectacular visualization on Digiroad, Finnish national road and street data. Take part in the challenge 7th November 2017 – 31st January 2018 and win 500 euros! The goal of the challenge is to find beautiful and innovative visualizations on Digiroad road and street data. The challenge is targeted for students and it is organized by Digiroad operator and Finnish Transport Agency.

Here is how you can take part:

Design and create a data visualization with open Digiroad road and street data. Digiroad data is available here.

The challenge entry can be a static visualization or animation, for example a web-based demo or a pdf file exported from a GIS desktop software. Don’t be afraid to use creativeness!

If you want, you may combine Digiroad data with other data sources – but do bear in mind that Digiroad data should have a central role in the visualization. Other open GIS datasets can be found at

Leave your entry at info(a) at the latest 31st January 2018. When submitting your entry, please include the following information:

a) your name or if your work is done by a team, mention the names of all the team members
b) e-mail and phone number
c) the school/university/educational institute you are representing + what do you study
d) a short description of the challenge entry: what does the visualization present, which datasets and techonologies have been used
e) the entry material (attached pdf, url etc.)

The challenge entries are reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness, novelty value and unexpectedness
  • Visual and harmonic layout
  • Comprehensibility and informativeness

Timetable and taking part in the challenge

The challenge takes place between 7th November 2017 and 31st January 2018. The challenge is aimed at students in Finnish educational institutes (university, university of applied sciences etc.) - your study field etc. is of no relevance, all students are welcome!

November 13th , a visualization webinar was organized in order to inspire everyone interested to take part in the challenge. The webinar presented useful tools and ideas for visualizing Digiroad. Topi Tjukanov, an experienced Finnish visualization shared some tips for visualizing the data. You can watch the recorded webinar here.

We have also launched a Slack channel where participants can ask questions and advice on the visualization challenge and Digiroad data. Digiroad uses Slack permanently, so the channel will help you also after the challenge if you need help with Digiroad. You can join the channel here.

The challenge is participated by sending the challenge entry and the required additional information to info(a) By filling in the entry application the contestant(s) accept the challenge rules.

The challenge results are published in February 2018. All the participants are informed on the results via e-mail. The results will also be published in Digiroad webpage, newsletter and social media. 


The best and most impressive entry is rewarded with a 500 euro prize.

Responsibility and rights of the challenge organizer

After the challenge, the organizer has the right, without compensation to the participants,

  • to publish
  • to share
  • to make available to the public
  • to modify (if necessary) 
  • and to use

the challenge entries for the purposes of the Finnish Transport Agency.

Digiroad operator and the Finnish Transport Agency have the right to use all the challenge entries in communication and media in order to increase awareness on Digiroad data.

Award jury

All the entries will be reviewed by our award jury with the following members:

  • Matti Pesu, Finnish Transport Agency
  • Topi Tjukanov, a renowned visualization expert
  • Paula Ahonen-Rainio, National Land Survey and Aalto University
  • A jury member from the Digiroad operator

The challenge organizer reserves all the rights for changes.

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