The Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry issued a decree on 21 December 2011 on the fees of the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS). The decree prescribes that the NLS will open its topographic datasets to the public on 1 May 2012 to be used freely and free of charge.
For years, the National Land Survey (NLS) developed its digital archive system, which is shown as speedy service to the customers. As the information service of the digital archive improves, the possibility of studying old documents in writing ends.
This year, the open data competition Apps4Finland awarded a special prize for spatial data, Maps4Finland, to AccelBit Oy for its map browser application Karttaselain. The winners were announced at the Apps4Finland Gala on 22 November 2011.
Organisations with large amounts of corporate spatial data have been busy creating interface services. They will remain busy as regulations require the development of services offering both vectors and images from dozens of data sets.
In Finland, the first triangulations were carried out for scientific purposes. A French expedition, led by de Maupertuis, measured a triangle chain from Tornio to Kittisvaara, Pello in the 18th century.
The new triangulation tower on the Kaunispää fell will be inaugurated on Monday 5 September 2011 in Saariselkä. The aim of the new tower, which was built as a memorial, information point and lookout tower, is to nurture the long traditions of triangulation on Kaunispää.
The success stories of the Finnish information society have been gathered together. The publication Finland's Public Sector Data Registers describes the contents of the national basic registers and their characteristics. Short stories describe the best known registers. In the publication, the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS) explains how the geoportal Paikkatietoikkuna was created.
During the last decades, the management of the state's data administration has varied from strict regulation to free management. Legislation regarding data administration has in many respects been included in the special legislation. The legislation has come far behind technological development, which has slowed down the emergence of digital data society.