Geoportti – a gateway to open geospatial infrastructure for research and education

Four oGIIR-related presentations on current stage of the project were given on 3rd May 2018 in the National Geoinformatics Research Day in Helsinki. CSC’s Sisu, Taito and cPouta/ePouta computing environments are now available for all research institutes in Finland. University of Eastern Finland developes UEF Drone Lab facilities and offers new courses, workshops and seminars. Lassi Lehto presented the GeoCubes Finland concept to offer harmonised raster-formatted geospatial data sets for supporting the needs of the Finnish research community. “The first version of the GeoCubes Finland specification has been developed and the first tests with real data sets are ongoing. The future work includes further testing to refine the specifications, the development of the service modules and user interfaces, and better integration of the data storage with high-performance computing facilities for spatial analysis” tells Lehto.

Education and researchers are going to have an integrating resource web-portal. All different geospatial resources will be easily found and used via Geoportti. The first release of Geoportti platform is planned to be open before the end of the year 2018.

See all the presentations here.


A workshop was held to improve geocomputing services on 8.6.2017 at CSC

One of the main objectives of oGIIR is to improve geocomputing services for GIS users. For example, the researchers might need more computation memory for their daily tasks in analyzing or managing spatial data. The oGIIR project organized a workshop at CSC on 8th of June 2017 to find out, what kinds of computation needs there are for spatial data in different user cases. The findings would then help in defining the geocomputing services that could be implemented during the project. The workshop was open for GIS-users from universities and research institutes.

First CSC gave an overview of the services they are currently offering. After that the participants worked in groups and discussed their needs and user experiences of the services and possible ways to incorporate them into their workflow. The discussion was steered by a list of questions provided by the organiser. The outcome of the discussion will be used in the design of easily accessible high performance geocomputing services.


The oGIIR Project Kicked Off on 10.2.2017

The oGIIR project kicked off on 10th of Februrary in Pasila, Helsinki. All the partners participated in the meeting, and there was also a representative from an associate organization, University of Helsinki. The meeting was opened by the Project Coordinator, Professor Tapani Sarjakoski from the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI, National Land Survey. Mr. Sarjakoski presented the project background, and its role as a part of the Academy of Finland FIRI funding for Finnish research infrastructures. Professor Risto Kalliola (in the picture below) from University of Turku acts as a Deputy Coordinator in the project.

During the oGIIR Kick Off, the services provided by CSC IT Center for Science were discussed from several points of view. Software Developer Kylli Ek from CSC told about PaITuli Spatial Data Service, whereas Professor (Tenure Track) Tuuli Toivonen described the benefits of CSC cloud services in the teaching of geoinformatics at the University of Helsinki. In addition, Development Manager Pekka Manninen informed the partners about the practices of using the CSC computing resources and storage services, which will be open to use within the oGIIR consortium.

Development Manager Yrjö Sucksdorff from the Finnish Environmental Institute SYKE pointed out several analogies between the Paikkatietoalusta (Spatial Data Platform, part of the governmental key project on digitalisation) and the oGIIR project. The oGIIR will be based on the national spatial data infrastructure, of which Research Manager Lassi Lehto from FGI gave an overview.

In the afternoon the partners proceeded to more practical matters, such as outlining the working methods and activities.

Pictures: Juha Oksanen