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Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (Arctic SDI)

Jani Kylmäaho

(Submission #175)


The aim of the Arctic SDI is to provide politicians, governments, policy makers, scientists, private enterprises and citizens in the Arctic Region with access to geographically related Arctic data, digital maps and tools to facilitate monitoring and decision making.

The Arctic SDI is an infrastructure that provides a web portal with easy access to: • geoportal for geospatial data viewing and discovery • openly searchable metadata catalogue • authoritative reference map as a Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) • thematic data from various organizations operating within the Arctic Region

The Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure is a cooperation between the 8 National Mapping Agencies of Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, USA and Denmark. It is based on a voluntary multilateral cooperation and focused on accessible authoritative geospatial reference data.

The Arctic SDI Geoportal ( is based on Oskari ( open source framework, originally developed by the National Land Survey of Finland. Oskari is for browsing, sharing and analyzing geographic information, utilizing in particular distributed spatial data infrastructures like INSPIRE and Arctic SDI. Oskari is used as a basis of the Arctic SDI Geoportal as well as a significant number of other geoportals, Web Gis applications and eGovernment services.

This presentation describes the goals and current status of Arctic SDI infrastructure and identifies similarities and differences between INSPIRE and ASDI infrastructures. The Oskari framework is presented as a key component - a geoportal solution for both infrastructures.


Topic Area:  [2.1] Transnational SDI projects
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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Comments: Spatial Data Infrastructures Oskari Open source tools

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