ProGIS is a Finnish non-profit organization, whose objective is to promote the use of geographic information (GI) and geographic information systems (GIS) for the benefit of the Finnish society, and to operate as a link between producers and users of GI and vendors of GI services and software.
ProGIS fulfils its objective by:
- Functioning as a permanent cooperation body for its members
- Promoting the use, collection and processing of GI and related services by distributing information and making investigations.
- Organizing seminars
- Following the international developments within the GI field and participating in international activities
- Making initiatives to promote the use of GI, eliminate problems in using GI and develop standards, recommendations and legislation
As members of ProGIS, organizations and individuals can have influence on the development of the Finnish GI co-operation and its status within the society. ProGIS also represents Finnish expertise in the GI Norden.
ProGIS has roughly 20 organizations and 250 individuals as members. Member organizations include private companies and government and municipal organizations.
The board of ProGIS consists of ten members and a secretary. You can contact them by email: progis.info[at]gmail.com.
ProGIS Theses Award and ProGIS honorable mention
ProGIS grants an annual Theses Award for 1-3 meritorious university or polytechnic level end theses. The awarded theses have to be of high quality in addition to preferably bringing something new into the research or innovations in the GI field. The awards are granted at the annual GI fair. The theses to be awarded are chosen from theses made during the year, based on applications sent to the secretary of ProGIS.
The first ProGIS Honorary Mention was granted in 2005. The objective of granting the Honorable Mention is to draw attention to the importance of promoting the use of GI in the society. The honorable mention can be given to a person, community or corporation for increasing the knowledge about geographic information in Finland with an action or an innovation. The board of ProGIS decides upon the honorary mention annually.