The Geospatial Platform (Paikkatietoalusta in Finnish) consists of a number of packaged digital services. The platform collects spatial data from various providers and makes them available to users. The aim of the platform is to harmonise and extensively improve e-services provided by the public administration, to improve data-based decision-making and increase transparency, as well as to save public administration costs, e.g. by enabling the efficient maintenance of data resources, removing overlapping activities and harmonising datasets. Finland is one of the top countries in Europe where such a project has been launched.
The first phase of the project will be completed at the end of 2019.
The Geospatial Platform is being built within the Public administration's common spatial data platform project, which is a part of the government key project "Digitalisation of Public Services". The responsible party is the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Participating in the preparation and implementation of the project are the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of the Environment, the Finnish Environment Institute, the National Land Survey of Finland and numerous partners from the private and public sectors.
Main objectives of the project
The objective of the project is creating a common geospatial platform for the public administration. The platform will provide:
- common specifications and services for geospatial data providers in public administration,
- harmonised and common datasets for all data users,
- shared user services.
The Geospatial Platform harmonises the spatial data of the state, counties and municipalities and make them available for companies and communities. The purpose of the Geospatial Platform is to:
- harmonise and improve e-services in public administration,
- improve and enhance the transparency of data-based decision-making,
- create cost savings in public administration,
- make the core spatial datasets available on a platform, which the private sector can use as a basis for constructing its own service ecosystem.
The Geospatial Platform project consists of eight sub-programmes. The National Land Survey is responsible for operating six out of the eight sub-programmes. Dozens of our employees participate in the implementation of the Geospatial Platform.
The subprojects will result in, for example:
- The National Topographic Database and interface services to input, browse and use spatial data. In 2018, a beta version will be published to be tested by data providers.
- A common, harmonised means of modelling and producing spatial data for all participants (such as modelling guidelines). In this way, it will be possible for different providers to produce compatible data to be used on the Geospatial Platform.
- Means of producing better spatial data of a higher quality using various technologies. Project participants include researchers, who together with spatial data providers and users survey and model the best possible practices for producing spatial data.
- The National Address System, the National Laser Scanning Programme and a large amount of content that facilitates collecting and maintaining spatial data to the advantage of public authorities.
Benefits of the project
The Geospatial Platform brings most benefits to:
- the authorities in charge of the basic infrastructure of society and related planning
- companies, which will be able to develop their services and competitiveness or save business expenses, e.g. by improving logistics or risk management
- communities, which will have an opportunity to use the geospatial data in a new way
- the public, as the quality of decision-making will improve and the saved societal funds can be allocated elsewhere.
Cost savings will be achieved in public administration as the Geospatial Platform:
- enables efficient maintenance of information assets
- removes overlapping activities
- harmonises datasets.
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You can send questions and comments about the project to info(a)paikkatietoalusta.fi.