Welcome to Wiki Loves Maps!

The Finnish Museum of Photography has opened images of Helsinki by I.K. Inha (1865–1930) in Flickr and Wikimedia Commons. They were originally photographed for the first Finnish travel guide “A Guide to Helsinki”, published in 1910 by The Nation of Southern Finland.

Wiki Loves Maps seminar (February 2, 2015) and hackathon (February 6–8, 2015) brings together 18 speakers from 6 countries. The events are fully booked, but we will stream them in video for all to enjoy. You may also join the waiting list.


The seminar will be streamed online on Thursday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.


If you decide to watch the stream instead of joining us on location, please pass on your ticket to someone on the waiting list.

The events are organized by Wikimedia Suomi in collaboration with the city of Helsinki. Wiki Loves Maps hackathon is part of #Hack4FI – Hack Your Heritage event.

See you at Aalto Media Factory!

Both seminar and hackathon take place at the Aalto Media Factory outside the city center of Helsinki in the campus of Aalto ARTS University in Arabia. You will get there by bus or by tram. The bus ride takes 20 minutes and the tram ride half an hour.

Take advantage of the Journey Planner!

The building of the Union Bank of Finland in the middle next to the tram. Signe Brander, 1907, Helsingin kaupunginmuseo.

Social program

Thursday Feb 2, 5–6 pm

The Bank Museum of Nordea Bank welcomes Wiki Loves Maps participants in the bank building originally built for the Union Bank of Finland. Aleksanterinkatu is a real banking street: all Finnish banks had their offices there. The history of today’s Nordea Bank covers the story of altogether 25 commercial banks. The museum displays the interior designed by Gesellius–Lindgren–Saarinen that has been saved from the demolished building Pohjoismaiden Osakepankki two blocks away.

Address: Aleksanterinkatu 36b, ring the doorbell.

Dinner at Shanghai Cowboy

Thursday Feb 5, 8 pm

Seminar speakers, sponsors, hosts and guests, welcome to dinner on Thursday February 5 at 8 pm in Shanghai Cowboy, Mikonkatu 4. Dinner is at own expense. Please let us know you are coming.

The Bombardment of Helsinki

Friday Feb 6, 6.51–9.40 pm and 00.57–4.57 am

The night between Friday and Saturday marks the 71st anniversary of massive Soviet bombardments of Helsinki. In the seminar, Martti Helminen from Helsinki City Archives tells about the bombardments and materials gathered. But what will happen on Friday night? Could this be the topic of your hackathon project?

Helsinki Walks in Aleksanterinkatu

In Search for the Idea of Finland: The Senate Square and Aleksanterinkatu

Saturday Feb 7, 9.00 am

Laura Kolbe and Janne Viitamies take you to a morning stroll in the history of Aleksanterinkatu on Saturday 9.00 am. Meeting at the statue of Alexander II. Everyone is welcome!

Other picks

Hulluna Helsinkiin / Exhibition in the Helsinki City Museum
Helsinki-related films in Kino Engel

Twitter hashtag #wikilovesmaps informs about emerging events.

WikiProject Wiki Loves Maps!

The Finnish Wikipedia hosts WikiProject Wiki Loves Maps for discovering articles about Aleksanterinkatu to enhance, translate or illustrate. Join gathering the list of articles about Aleksanterinkatu: streets, houses, people and events!

Hackathon projects

Aleksi historical images through times

We are collecting historical photographs and other images about Aleksanterinkatu. Join placing them in the right coordinates and the right angle! We plan to create a historical street view.

In the house of Sunn

We gather historical documents about the house of Sunn, and see what we can make of them!


Navigating in the city space, audio excerpts from the environment. Stories of houses and objects.

Editathon and mapathon for Aleksi!

Let’s fix the Wikipedia articles of Aleksi! Books from Helsinki City Library and online treasures will be available to help us with that. Let’s also enhance data about buildings in OpenStreetMap.

OpenStreetMap from 1900

OpenHistoricalMap project creates a historical map online.

Follow Twitter hashtag #wikilovesmaps for updates

Wiki Loves Maps lessons

Hackathon participants can teach each other tools and techniques. Here are some of the ideas brought up. The lessons are open to all hackathon participants and you can register by joining. Propose your own!

Stereogranimator meets Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Make a gif animation or a 3D anaglyph from historical stereo photographs with the New York Public Library Stereogranimator. Mauricio Giraldo shows you how.

Read Wikipedia through an API

Get the introductory paragraph about any topic, in all languages. André Costa advices in the use of Wikipedia APIs.

Wikimaps Warper

Let’s rectify an old map to new coordinates for using in mobile apps. Susanna Ånäs and Jyrki Lehtinen.

Mapathon, map party, web map?

Maptime meeting facilitated by Bert Spaan.

More info

Web wikilovesmaps.wikimedia.fi
Twitter, Instagram #wikilovesmaps
Facebook event
Video stream http://new.livestream.com/accounts/6845410/events/3769722


The events are fully booked. Sign up in the waiting listLet us know if you cannot come!


The newsletter reports about the event once or twice after the event. The articles will be posted in the Wikimaps blog and in the Wiki Loves Maps pages.

Wiki Loves Maps is organized by Wikimedia Suomi ry together with the City of Helsinki. The event is part of the Wikimaps Nordic project, supported by the Nordic Culture Fund. Special thanks for the AvoinGLAM network, Forum Virium and the Ministry of Education and Culture for collaboration.

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