When a website has been implemented in an accessible manner, as many people as possible are able to use it easily. At the National Land Survey of Finland we develop our websites by accounting for the accessibility perspective in the communication, structure and technical execution of its pages. At the same time, we consider the needs of different user groups.
To guarantee the accessibility of websites, the EU has enacted an Accessibility Directive. In Finland, the Directive was implemented with the Act on the Provision of Digital Services, referred to as the Digital Services Act (in Finnish).
The Digital Services Act obligates authorities, such as the National Land Survey, to implement websites and mobile services falling under the scope of the Act in such a manner that they meet the accessibility requirements. The Act’s accessibility requirements are based on the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 (in Finnish).
We are particularly assessing and improving the accessibility of the websites mentioned in the following list. The websites will be accessible by the end of the transition period pursuant to the Digital Services Act. The transition period, with respect to most of the National Land Survey’s websites, lasts until 23 September 2020.
Once the accessibility of a website has been assessed, we will update the website in question with a link that takes the user to an accessibility statement pertaining to the said website.
- The Arviointi ja korvaustiedot website
- The open data file download service
- The Public Purchase Witness Directory
- The Property Transaction Service
- The Maanmittauslaitos.fi website
- Huoneistotietojärjestelmän osakeluettelon siirtopalvelu website
- Paikkatietohakemisto website
- Paikkatietoikkuna website
- The Sovellusten käytettävyystilanne website
- The Statistical Data on Real Estate Transactions website
The accessibility requirement does not apply to all websites
Intranet and extranet sites meant for restricted user groups will not fall under the scope of the Digital Services Act until the next time they are renewed.
The Digital Services Act applies solely to online maps and map services meant for navigation. The National Land Survey’s map services, such as MapSite, are not subject to the Act.
Although the Digital Services Act does not apply to our map services, we will pay attention to their accessibility. The National Land Survey has implemented, in cooperation with the Population Register Centre, a plain map meant for partially sighted people and people with cognitive impairments. The plain map is available in Paikkatietoikkuna. Public sector organisations may use the plain map on their own websites through the suomi.fi-kartat service (in Finnish).
Giving feedback on accessibility
National Land Survey’s websites will be accessible by the end of the transition period pursuant to the Digital Services Act. The transition period, with respect to most of the National Land Survey’s websites, lasts until 23 September 2020.
You can give feedback on the accessibility of a website after the accessibility requirements provided in the Digital Services Act are in force for that website. You can give feedback about those websites that are subject to the Act.
We will update more information about giving feedback on the accessibility of a website here soon.