COVID-19 proved what we already knew
It is no news that the State, municipalities and private operators compile information on the built environment, and that this information is needed by building owners, businesses and policy-makers. It is also no news that at present this information is scattered across several systems and recorded in different forms, and there are shortcomings in interoperability and updates.
Operators in the built environment sector have recognised the need for digitalisation and worked for this for a long time. This political will is also included in Finland’s present government programme, and funding has been allocated for the project concerning the built environment information system (Ryhti) to get started on this. Perhaps it was the exceptional situation due to COVID-19 that showed us in a very concrete way how urgent this transformation is.
The Ministry of the Environment and its partners will reform the information management of the public sector in such a way that in future the land use, zoning and building information will be accessible on a national platform. The platform will bring together the present systems that contain information on the built environment and systems that are yet to be developed. It will provide controlled access to public sector information on land use and building. Information will be searched and used in different sources, and updated information will be transmitted back to different information systems.
This has to be done to also provide decision-makers with access to the high-quality information they need. The opportunities to develop new services and business must not be hindered by problems with access to information.
The even faster digital leap due to the COVID-19 crisis made us believe that the target can be reached in quite a short time. We have seen how well the building sites and their meetings, planning offices and agencies have adapted to the new conditions, and this has motivated us even more to carry out this transformation.
The future is unpredictable, which is why we need common information structures and a reliable knowledge base on the built environment so that both the public and private sector have much easier access to information than we have at present. This will ease the burden on information management and allow us to focus on more important things: people, a good life, and a well-functioning, climate-sustainable society.
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