The standard for grid- or microstand-shaped forest resource information helps to convey, for example, grid-shaped forest resource information deciphered from laser scanning data to downstream producers. There are a few Finnish companies engaged in deciphering laser scanning data and a few major forestry sector organisations that utilise the deciphered data in their systems. Before the standard for grid-shaped forest resource information was finalised, several different data transfer documentations had been established among the various organisations.
The standard for grid- or microstand-shaped information contains much of the same information and encoding as the standard for stand-shaped forest resource information. Because the grid-shaped information is not tied to stand boundaries or properties, it enables greater flexibility to the possible formation of treatment units.
In the spring of 2016, some modifications were made to the grid standard at the request of the operators. The most significant modification involved changing the grid standard format from the XML schema to a solution provided for by the GeoPackage format. The premise for changing the format was the poor suitability of the XML schema for transferring data containing extensive geographic information. The new grid standard format is finalised, but so far it has not been in widespread use.