MyGeoTrust is a Finland-based research project being carried by a small consortium of research organizations. It is led by the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, which is a part of the National Land Survey. The second consortium member is the University of Helsinki and specifically the Faculty of Law. In addition, the University of Helsinki will draw support from its affiliate organizations, including the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology and the IPR University Center. Funding support is provided by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, under the Strategic research openings programme. The purpose of the Strategic research openings programme is to help Finnish research organizations develop “disruptive technologies” that will eventually open up new areas of growth in Finland.
In addition to the project partners, MyGeoTrust receives advisory support from a group of Finnish companies, as well as the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Representatives from these entities serve in a purely advisory role to help ensure the project supports future business growth in Finland. We emphasize, however, that the project does not receive any funding support from the members of the advisory board, and they do not have any privileged access to our databases or systems. The companies represented on the advisory board include Here (a Nokia business unit), Microsoft Mobile, Mapita, Sports Tracking Technologies, IndoorAtlas, KONE, Ekahau, Agaidi, Sanoma Media Finland, and SSH Communications.
More details about the project partners are found below.
Finnish Geospatial Research Institute
The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) is a research and expert institute that carries out research and development related to spatial data infrastructures. It was founded in 1918, shortly after Finland’s independence, as the Finnish Geodetic Institute. Over the years it has grown into a multidisciplinary research organization consisting of more than 100 researchers and experts in various subjects related to geospatial information and measurement. Currently it consists of four research departments and one service department. Two of its four research departments are involved in the MyGeoTrust project, including the Department of Navigation and Positioning and the Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography.
Since January 2015, FGI belongs to the National Land Survey (NLS) of Finland, a governmental organization consisting of more than 2000 staff. NLS operates many of the land registration, surveying, and mapping services in Finland.
University of Helsinki
The University of Helsinki is an international academic community with more than 40,000 students and members of staff. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and in 15 other localities in Finland. It is composed of 11 different faculties, and the main faculty involved in MyGeoTrust is the Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Law is the leading centre in the field of media and communication law in Finland. Research focusing on media and communication law began intensively at the Institute of International Economic Law in 2002. At the Faculty of Law, research on information law is also of growing importance. After intensive research on Media Law, the focus is now on research questions relating to the processing, collecting, and use of personal data, as well as the questions of information law and legal problems stemming from new technologies and the networked globalised society.
In addition to the Faculty of Law, MyGeoTrust will draw support from the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) and the IPR University Center. HIIT is a joint institute of the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. It specializes in basic and applied research on information technology. IPR University Center is a joint institute of six Finnish universities, including the University of Helsinki. Its purpose is to share information pertaining to intellectual property and coordinate research in this field.