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Research strategy

The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI undertakes scientific research of a high quality, which is internationally known and appreciated within the spatial data field. The new Research Strategy is for the period 2018–2023.

Vision 2023

Our vision for the year 2023 is that

  • we produce geospatial science and solutions for society
  • we provide cutting edge science and technology
  • we help the public and decision-makers understand the importance of geospatial infrastructure and solutions
  • our solutions enhance the competitiveness of industry and well-being of society.

Strategic goals

  • Research and development projects and research and expert services are implemented in such a way that it is possible to take advantage of the entire knowledge capital of the agency and so that results can be utlised widely in society.
  • FGI is participating in a large number of research and specialist projects concerning the spatial data infrastructure and related metrology at the national and international level.
  • FGI's scientific competitiveness is strengthened through top-level competence suppoerted by postgraduate degrees, a modern research infrastructure, current high-level research, cooperation and internationally acclaimed publications.
  • FGI is engaged in networking with the scientific community, the private sector, and public administration and communicates its research results actively.

Core competences 2018–2023

The operations of FGI are determined by core competencies consisting of the tasks and development responsibilities of one or more departments. Core competencies contain the subject matters of specialist positions, implemented research programmes and individual projects.

FGI core competencies:

Core competencies by departments
FGI Key Competence Areas


The strategic research areas 2013–2017

The content of the research activities of the Finnish Geodetic Institute are defined by the strategic research areas that consist of the tasks and development responsibilities of one or several research departments. The topics of the expert tasks and the topics of the research programmes and single research projects are covered by the strategic research topics.

The strategic research areas (2013–2017) were: