Introduction to the National Report of Finland for the International Cartographic Association (ICA)

When the previous ICA special issue of POSITIO magazine was published in 2019, few of us had any idea of the upheavals our societies would face in the coming years. The corona crisis swept two years from that period, and in February 2022 Russia launched its war of aggression in Ukraine violating harshly the international law and the UN Charter. Adapting to disruptions has become an integral part of our daily lives.


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The geographic information sector is also in a state of constant transition. Geospatial data and its cartographic representation are at the heart of information-based decision-making. Modern data collection methods and privacy-respecting big data, combined with powerful artificial intelligence solutions, will revolutionize the creation of high-value geospatial data sets. New types of geospatial data and efficient digital distribution channels will challenge the traditional ways of visually presenting information. As new solutions evolve, so will our ability to share historical aerial imagery and maps. The entire geographic information landscape, in all its diversity, has enormous potential for innovation, which can only be exploited through effectively functioning networks. Only time will tell how the world looks after the on-going digital revolution.

This magazine is a compilation of articles of general interest in the field of geoinformatics, mapping and cartography published in POSITIO magazine in 2019–2023, as well as a number of new reviews of current issues prepared for this special issue. This POSITIO Special Issue is the national report of the Cartographic Society of Finland for the 19th General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association.

The editorial board of the special issue: Juha Oksanen (chair), Elina Ranta (secretary), Valtteri Nikkinen, Pyry Kettunen, Jari Korpi, Mikko Hovi, Mikko Hämäläinen, Teemu Saloriutta, Elina Ranta, Riikka Kivekäs, and Juha Saarentaus.

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