Open Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Research (oGIIR)

A brief summary of the oGIIR project:

Duration: 01.01.2017 to 31.12.2019


  • Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) in the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS),
  • University of Turku (UTU),
  • Aalto University (Aalto),
  • University of Eastern Finland (UEF),
  • Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE),
  • Geological Survey of Finland (GTK),
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE),
  • and CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd (CSC)

Funding: Academy of Finland / FIRI

Budget: ~2,8 M€

oGIIR offers:
1) geospatial data services,
2) scalable geocomputing services and
3) a knowledge sharing network

The objective of the oGIIR project is to establish a user oriented and open-access infrastructure to support the entire Finnish scientific research community with spatial data and analysis services.

oGIIR will make the Finnish geospatial research infrastructure internationally special in two ways: Firstly, it provides an open access sharing network to support scientific research with geospatial information and big data. Secondly, it integrates resources and geocomputing services across the borders of research organisations. The research infrastructure is developed jointly by universities, research institutes and CSC in Finland, and it is open to all scientific institutions in the country.

The initial drafting of oGIIR was prepared in early 2013, and in 2014 oGIIR was accepted by the Academy of Finland to the Roadmap for research infrastructures 2014-2020 as a potential project. In 2016, the Academy granted 1,9 million euros of funding for oGIIR.

An efficient geocomputing environment for researchers

With the help of the oGIIR, the Finnish research institutes and universities can use the CSC – IT Center for Science (CSC) computing environment free of charge. The new oGIIR infrastructure will be based on existing geospatial data and service interfaces. They will be brought together to an open virtual infrastructure that includes storage and metadata services for enhanced and harmonised geospatial data sets.

A functioning researcher network is essential for open science and research. oGIIR will provide a platform to share knowledge and data among researchers, thus promoting networking and collaboration between disciplines.

oGIIR will function as a virtual infrastructure serving a wide user community. The services will be built upon the existing Finnish National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). Universities and research institutes have an important role in providing datasets and establishing best practices and networks. The centralised geospatial data services run on CSC’s computing environment.