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Sharing results of spatial data research with European colleagues

The National Land Survey is hosting the international European Spatial Data Research (EuroSDR) meeting in Espoo on 18–20 October 2017.

About 40 mapping directors, mostly from Central and Western Europe, will be attending the meeting. The event will start on Wednesday with a presentation of Finnish geospatial research, corporate activities and spatial data infrastructure (SDI) to about 70 attendees.

– The event is an important opportunity for us to present Finnish spatial data research – particularly in remote sensing, photogrammetry, laser scanning and geoinformatics – as well as corporate operations and practical implementations, says the main organiser of the event, the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research Director Juha Hyyppä from the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI at the National Land Survey.

Finland the force behind spatial data organisation

EuroSDR is a not-for-profit organisation linking national mapping and cadastral agencies with research institutes and universities in Europe for the purpose of applied research in spatial data provision, management and delivery.

– Finland has been one of the main actors in EuroSDR. FGI has been the coordinator of more projects within EuroSDR than any other organisation. In this way, results from Finnish laser scanning research, for instance, have also been implemented elsewhere in Europe, says Juha Hyyppä.

The National Land Survey and FGI are presenting the following in the national presentations:

  • laser scanning research
  • drones
  • autonomous driving in mapping and
  • the Oskari web mapping platform.

Other Finnish spatial data organisations, researchers and companies are also presenting.

EuroSDR was founded in Ireland to continue the work of the original European Organization for Experimental Photogrammetric Research (OEEPE). It was founded in 1953 through an international convention, as was the UN. The EuroSDR Secretariat is currently located in Belgium. The main architect of the change from OEEPE to EuroSDR was Risto Kuittinen, director general at the time of the Finnish Geodetic Institute, the predecessor of the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute.

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