Joint use of data

40) Enhance the joint use of research and monitoring data between parties engaged in biodiversity research and monitoring (e.g. LYNET institutions, the planned Luonnonvaratutkimuskeskus [Natural Resources Institute Finland]) and users of data (e.g. authorities, land use planners, landowners). Establish a virtual information system (Finnish Biodiversity Information Centre) for the collection of species data that is now dispersed between various organisations, in order to digitise and facilitate the joint use of such data. Update and implement development proposals concerning the LUMONET portal, in order to develop it into a national channel for collecting and transmitting biodiversity-related data to a broad base of users (incl. researchers, decision-makers, media, landowners, amateur naturalists),9 while taking into account the conditions laid down in the Personal Data Act (Henkilötietolaki).

Responsible institutions: Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Ministry of Education and Culture, the Sámi Parliament

Schedule: 2013–2020

Status in 2018: The Finnish Biodiversity Facility was established as a part of the ENVIBASE programme 2015–2017. The open access database of the facility included over 30 million observations at the end of 2018. The Finnish Museum of Natural History leads the development and management of the facility.

The shared goals regarding the development of a joint knowledge base and data collection with unified criteria have been spelled out in the roadmap Deeper Cooperation between Higher Education Institutions and Research Institutes. TULANET, a joint information service for public research institutions, started in the beginning of 2018. An aim of the TULANET is to improve the collaboration between institutions and increase their societal impact.

As a part of the Regional Government Reform, the Information System for protected Areas (SATJ) administered by Metsähallitus has been proposed to be expanded to the new regions. At the same time, the need to enable the use of data also in municipalities has been acknowledged. These objectives are being implemented as a part of the Regional Government Reform as long as resources permit.

The LUMONET portal has been dismantled. Monitoring data on biodiversity has been gathered at the Biodiversity.fi webpage, which thus replaces LUMONET.

Further information: The Finnish Biodiversity Facility https://laji.fi/en

Policy and development in higher education and science at the pages of the Ministry of Education and Culture https://minedu.fi/en/policy-and-development-in-higher-education-and-science