Who are we? – Part XV: Sanna Hautala

Sanna Hautala Spatineo GIS Junior Consultant

1.) Name, title, how long have you worked at Spatineo?

My name is Sanna Hautala and I just started working at Spatineo as a Junior GIS Consultant. My background is more in the field of chemistry (Master of Science at Helsinki University) but the last few years I have solely been working with GIS related services and applications.    

2.) What do you do at Spatineo in practice? Tell us about your typical work day!

I haven’t been here that long to have a typical work day yet but I know versatile is a word to describe it. It is a mixture of scripting (bash/python/js), databases,  GIS application interfaces and standards spiced with learning. Shortly described my typical day consists of anything related to GIS including customer consulting.

3.) What is the best thing about your work?

Solving problems, learning new things and the “light bulb” -moments thrives me forward at my work. The feeling of satisfaction when you finally figure out how to solve a problem is priceless. Working environment here at Spatineo inspires me to learn more about the whole industry.

4.) If you are a tourist in a foreign city, which map service do you use? Why?

My main map service is Google maps and especially the geocoding and routing functions of it but I have learned not to trust it completely. It is always a good idea to check the destination and route beforehand just to make sure that it is correct, with pseudonyms “Make U-turn” and “This road cannot get any worse”.

Our taste of JIIDE 2018 in Menorca

JIIDE2018 Menorca

Fabio Bittencourt from Spatineo attended JIIDE conference (Jornadas Ibéricas de las Infraestructuras de los Datos Espaciales) for the third time – the first time was in Barcelona 2016, and apparently the event was top notch this year! This is what he had to sau about JIIDE2018!


“The Iberian Journeys for SDIs – JIIDE 2018 main topic this year was “Improving the interchange of spatial data to protect the biosphere” and there was indeed a technical session and round-table discussion exclusively devoted to environmental SDI applications.

Obviously, quite much was also discussed about the regional and local SDIs as well as the distinct local scenarios and realities facing INSPIRE implementation.There were also sessions about new technologies and innovations, and even one session with presentations for discussing the new frontiers of SDIs, like the one made by Antonio Rodriguez, from CNIG named “All you need is open data”.

Coming from the private sector, there were also some very relevant presentations like those made by Tracasa (regarding the news on the SDI Viewer in Navarra) and Geograma with 3 presentations, including one about the implementation of INSPIRE model for Álava. Spatineo could show solutions for quality assurance of spatial services and discuss with some major players in the region. Over 50 new spatial web services were found in our directory during the event, which is a clear sign that despite the almost 100 thousand spatial web services we are already monitoring in our database, every day new spatial services are published and catalogued.”

JIIDE2018 Spatineo Conference
Picture from www.jiide.org

This year’s JIIDE was hosted in a very special place, an island called Lazareto, part of Menorca island. The place has an incredibly interesting historical background as it was used as a hospital for those suspecting having any contagious diseases coming from long boat trips. Menorca organisers deserve all the credit for such peculiar site choice and the successful event. I am already looking forward to see where the next JIIDE will be, and I strongly recommend you in Portugal or Spain not to miss it!

Our main take away from it? Having had some high level discussions with major coordinating organisations both at country-level and regional levels, we understand that they all face very similar challenges, which makes events like JIIDE, where the cooperation among organisations is promoted and encouraged, even more important to the affected societies and its citizens.”

 Fabio Bittencourt is Spatineo’s Area Sales Manager – Register now to his “Importance of Assuring the Robustness of Services in Your Spatial Data Infrastructure” webinar also!

Summary of INSPIRE Conference 2018 and the story behind the Spatineo Availability Certificate

Geospatial community gathered to the INSPIRE Conference 2018 in Antwerp last week, and the event was once again fabulous! I think we had the same impression last year, but what can you say when a conference gives you those good feelings every time?

This year we tried new things, and learned new ideas from excellent technical and plenary sessions & workshops. We also had presentations at the conference, and they can be all found from Slideshare! Check Joona’s, Jaana’s and Fabio’s presentations right away!

The Availability Certificate

As some of you might have noted, we invited all attendees of the conference to our booth to receive a certificate for their services’ availability. Theme of the conference this year was “Make it work together”, and we had this thought of creating trust among all stakeholders by providing a statement of success: The Availability Certificate.

As you may know, we monitor approximately 90 000 spatial web services around globe. This database has vast amounts of information that could be used to promote the success of different organisations. And this is how the idea about the Availability Certificate was born. We wondered what should be the metric to be certified, and as availability is the most consequential indicator, it was chosen for this certificate.

The availability check for the certificate is based on the monitoring of spatial web services performed by Spatineo. The monitoring consists of Spatineo querying each service once every 5 minutes to determine whether that service is operating correctly. Monitoring agent targets a specific layer or feature type of a service, and the selection of which depends on the service type as well as the configuration of the particular service. Only services that were monitored for the entire period of the certificate are included in the score. Individual availability scores of the included services are listed. The score in the certificate is then the availability average of all included services.

Community that supports all members

INSPIRE Conference brings out the best in people, as ideas and best practices are shared among colleagues in a good spirit. This displays that the geospatial community is definitely united in the goal of making spatial data more reliable and usable to everyone. No one can reach this goal by themselves, but as a community we can progress towards that with haste.

We are proud to be part of such a community, and we would also like to thank our partners for making this year’s INSPIRE even better for us. Epsilon Italia and Wetransform, who we shared a stand with, were both great synergising help to us. And a special shoutout to Wetransform for hosting the morning run through the Zoo! Our colleagues Sampo and Fabio participated to that social event, and both of them said it was well organised and such a highly enjoyable even!

As 2019 there will not be an INSPIRE Conference as we know, the community should take this as an opportunity and create events in order to keep up the good spirit of INSPIRE going. Thorsten Reitz from Wetransform had a similar thought. And perhaps we could plan to have a Nordic INSPIRATION 2019 Event here in Helsinki? If you think this is a good idea, please leave us a comment on what kind of event you would like to see next year within our geospatial community ?

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