The Year of Geology 2016

Data products are refined into service models

Making geological data more widely available to entire society is GTK’s central long-term objective. This requires collecting geodata efficiently and extensively by also utilising external data streams, organising and refining data, and distributing it to users in a meaningful way. These objectives have been described in the digital solutions theme’s agenda. It describes the main stages of renewing the entire data process (data collection–refining–distribution), and the new service models that have mainly been developed in cooperation with companies. The goal is to use them to integrate GTK’s portfolio into the customers’ value chains. In the future, the objective of managing new kinds of technical geodata streams will be emphasised in particular.

Digitised data production forms a significant part of the Geotietokeskus 3.0 (Geodata centre 3.0) objective, GTK has set for itself. The second area of focus is decentralised data production solutions that utilise new technology. Their effectiveness can be seen both as stronger network cooperation and increase in the efficiency of our own operations.

Practical development work was divided into three sections in the report year: (1) development of processes, (2) enterprise architecture (EA), and (3) the development of the service portfolio. By renewing our data production processes, GTK tries to increase the cost awareness (investment/result) of the entire organisation and find new working methods that utilise the new research and data collection technologies.

Extensive information services for society

In the report year, GTK continued to improve the availability and quality of data according to the requirements of Finland’s legislation on geodata and the public sector information policy. Operating and setting goals are linked directly to the promotion of digitisation, removing the obstacles of using public data, and increasing people’s willingness to make investments.

Creating a centralised solution of interpreted data as a map proceeded with specification of details, while at the same time practical work related to specifying new themes continued. In 2016, many national thematic services were completed (e.g. metamorphosis, and structural geology).

The planned Fennoscandian Geodata Framework project between the Nordic countries and Russia did not proceed as well as expected due to delays in the partners’ own development work and problems in allocating resources.

Prerequisites for developing digital services for civil engineering include data stream management, unified data models and specifications that allow standardised collection of data. The organisation responsible for the standards of civil engineering is BuildingSmartFinland, where GTK has worked actively to promote harmonised specifications of soil models. A significant step in the management of data stream related to civil engineering is the development of an interface solution between the city of Tampere and GTK.

The register of the soil’s natural concentrations (geochemical baseline register Tapir) helps to evaluate concentration levels caused by human activities. The register has been extended to include mining areas, and the results acquired from Sodankylä and Kittilä in 2016 will be included in the register in 2017.

GTK’s customers both in Finland and abroad value GTK’s data services. In a comprehensive evaluation published by Canadian Fraser Institute and based on their users opinions GTK’s ore database has been repeatedly evaluated as having the best usability. GTK is expected to produce even more advanced digital services and to renew its data production process even faster.

Cooperation in the Lynet network for developing shared management solutions for crowd-sourced data was started.

Internet and social media as distribution channels

Active maintenance and development of the content and features of GTK’s website and services were continued as planned. The volume of visitors to GTK’s website is almost as high as in previous years (165,000 visits), but some data searches are now being made in social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). The number of users of the digital service applications for expert users (map, download and interface services) is increasing from the previous years. In 2016, they had 135,000 visits.

The most popular service applications in 2016 were the Maankamara map service and data product download service Hakku. Overall, GTK’s data products were downloaded for use approximately 25,000 times in 2016. In addition to GTK’s own services, GTK’s data products are also available for download on external distribution channels (e.g. the National Land Survey of Finland’s Paikkatietoikkuna service).

In the report year, the Bedrock of Finland service was renewed, and a new service called Spinelli, a virtual exhibition of the Mineral museum’s collections, was launched. A number of services were updated to include new data products (14 new spatial data products), and existing products were expanded.