FOREST RESOURCE INFORMATION

The standard for forest resource information (FRI) was the first forest information standard and its first version was finalised in 2009. Originally, it was intended for specifying the data content of stand-shaped forest resource information on a property-by-property basis. The standard for forest resource information contains the documentations, for instance, of stand-by-stand information describing the tree stand, the soil type, any planned or implemented actions, the types of timber goods accumulated during a felling, as well as any use restrictions. The forest resource information provided for by the standard contains the boundaries of the forest stands in Geography Markup Language (GML).

Organisations operating in the areas of forest planning, timber trade and forest service implementation utilise the forest resource information provided for by the standard in their forest information systems. With the help of the forest resource information standard, most of the forest planning information can be conveyed from one system to another. When the data systems comply with the forest resource information standard, forest owners can utilise the forest resource information gathered by means of public funds as the basic data for their forest plans regardless of the planning software being used by the author of the forest plan.

The Finnish Forest Centre gathers statutory forest resource information about privately owned forests into its forest resource information system in the form of the forest resource information standard. This information from the forest resource data base of the Finnish Forest Centre is then shared with operators, in standard form at Metsään.fi. Forest owners can view their own forest resource information provided for by the standard via Metsään.fi.

The Finnish Forest Data Act was renewed in 2018, allowing the Finnish Forest Centre to publicly share online the forest resource information under its management. For this information sharing conducted through Metsään.fi, a version of the standard for forest resource information was developed in the GeoPackage format, which by comparison with the XML format is more suitable for sharing large masses of data.