Start date: Feb 28, 2006,
End date: May 30, 2007
The project was part of the extensive Barents region’s geographic infrastructure (GIT Barents) project, which was a joint effort between the land surveying institutions of the Barents co-operation area as well as the land committees on the Russian side of the border. The GIT Karelia project aimed to implement similar map database and internet service implementations in Northern Ostrobothnia, Kainuu and Northern Karelia as the GIT Barents II project will be implementing in the rest of the Barents co-operation area. The project activities would include basic improvement, updating and combining of the 1M map database, the creation and combining of the 3M and 12M map databases, adding these map databases to the internet service, and the identification of the available theme databases in the Euregio Karelia area and their potential linking to the shared internet service. 50 percent of the project funding was received from the European Regional Development fund and 50 percent from Finland’s Environmental Administration under the Ministry of the Environment. Achievements: The earlier 1M map database from the ’Barents-Karelia map database from the region’ project completed earlier was overhauled and updated; it was also joined to rest of the Barents 1M database and included in the internet-based geographic location service. Using this 1M database, the 3M database was generalised and then joined with the similar Barents 3M database and internet service. In addition, the generalisation and connection to the 12M Barents database was implemented. The project’s website was implemented at the new www.geobarents.org address in Finnish, English and Russian. The internet-based geographic location service’s client was updated and partly renewed. The theme information for potential inclusion in the internet geographic location service was continuously assessed using, for example, project team and workshop meetings held in Petrozavodsk and Kostomuksha. The bedrock and soil information from the Geological Survey of Finland was included in the service. With Russia, however, obtaining the theme information from Petrozavodsk State University would have required additional funding, which was not prepared for in the project’s purchasing services. In order to take care of the project’s public relations, information seminars were held in Oulu, Kajaani and Joensuu, press releases were produced for the media, and articles were written for the industry’s press.
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