Commercial GIS software

CSC has organized two GIS-software consortia:

Via these consortia sophisticated GIS software is available for research and educational use in Finnish universities and polytechnics. Ministry of Education and Culture supports the GIS software consortia. If interested in joining a consortium, please contact CSC GIS-coordinator.


Open source GIS software

Alternativly it is possible to use open source GIS software. Open Source Geospatial Foundation supports the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promotes its widespread use. There is a lot of different projects going on, some of the most well-known are:



Web Server

Both are good for providing WMS, WFS, WCS and other map services. GeoServer uses standard SLD style definitions, MapServer has its own definition language. GeoServer also has a web interface for administration.

Web Client

JavaScript libraries for adding maps to web pages.

  • OpenLayers. Supports for example WMS, WFS, GeoRSS, Google Maps and Bing.
  • Leaflet, supports WMS, GeoJSON and TMS. Choropleth maps. Suitable for mobile environments.
  • Google Maps API. Esa Ojala has made guidelines in Finnish for making your first map. Has Google Map as back-ground.
  • Oskari, the code behind Karttaikkuna, developed mostly by Finnish Land Survey. Based on OpenLayers.