For the use of operators in this sector, the forest information standardisation project produces finalised XML schema documentations, which are then utilised by data systems. The objective is to use the schema documentations prepared in collaboration so that the data systems of the various operators will be able to use the same output data and exchange information as needed. This aims to improve the competitiveness and cost-efficiency of the Finnish forestry sector.
One of the objectives is to boost Finnish forestry by having standardisation that will promote the conveyance of information needed by forestry operations and reduce the friction caused by the fragmented forest ownership structure. With the help of standards supporting the data systems, the objective is for operators to be able to do business with both the sector’s public authorities and as many different kinds of forest owners as possible by means of electronic information. Without standards, it would often be necessary to employ manual data processing steps and difficult data conversions.
Forest ownership and action planning and implementation in the field of Finnish forestry are often the responsibility of different parties. The objective of forest information standardisation is also for the data content based on the standards and compatible data systems to be enabled at all stages of forest resource information acquisition, forest planning, forestry-related trading, action implementation and the utilisation of updated information brought about by such actions, as well as official notifications and statistical data collection. In this way, representatives of the various organisations can operate in the various stages of forest management and timber procurement without any problems related to the conveyance of information or the incompatibility of the data systems.