Interfaces to cultural heritage data
The shared use of information on the built cultural heritage will promote both streamlined decision-making and the monitoring of conservation. This project package will improve data structures and interfaces, speeding up the work of the authorities, for example when an evaluation of the need to protect a site is required.
Registers relevant to the conservation of the natural and cultural environment are maintained by the Finnish Environment Institute, Metsähallitus and the National Board of Antiquities. These actors will specify the information model required to provide an open interface to building heritage data. In 2018, the goal is to publish data products in line with the information model for shared use and modify and complement the current building heritage data and systems as required.
The urban area development plan is a key tool for preserving the characteristics of the built environment. Municipal and regional plans contain information on protected buildings. In an experiment conducted by the Finnish Environment Institute, conservation data were successfully retrieved from municipalities’ urban area development plan data. The transfer and usability of regional land use plans will be tested using the information model created in a project titled HAME, which concerned the harmonisation of regional land use plans.
Metsähallitus’ geographic information system (PAVE) contains information on cultural heritage, or archaeological sites and protected buildings, located in state-owned land and water areas. This data will be opened up for public use. Metsähallitus and the National Board of Antiquities are working together to enable automated data transfers between their registers. The new geographic information interfaces produced by the National Board of Antiquities have already been successfully commissioned in Metsähallitus’ system.
Shared access will also be provided to the cultural environment data contained in the reports and inventories of regional museums. Pilot projects have been launched to specify, test and implement a solution for keeping the data up to date and transferring them between the systems.