Our data

The BGS is a data-rich organisation with over 400 datasets in its care, including environmental monitoring data, digital databases, physical collections (borehole core, rocks, minerals and fossils), records and archives. Our data is managed by the National Geoscience Data Centre.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) are proud to deliver our first digital strategy:


Free data | OpenGeoscience


OpenGeoscience provides a wide range of freely available geoscience information allowing you to view maps and download data, scans, photos and other information.

Our data products

Data products

We have a wide range of licensed geoscience data. The datasets range from the geological data family (BGS Geology) to offshore data, ground stability datasets and 3D models.

Premium data services


Value-added data services including site specific geoscience reports, custom-made geological maps and dynamic boreholes and sections from geological models.

National Geoscience Data Centre

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The National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC) comprises data gathered or generated by the BGS or its precursors, as well as data provided by external organisations.

National Geological Repository

Core store

The National Geological Repository (NGR) is a national science facility and comprises borehole cores, cuttings, samples and specimens, and related subsurface information.


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We encourage the use and exploitation of mapping and data by providing a wide range of licences.

Working with NERC

BGS data and information are supplied according to the NERC data policy.

NERC Data Catalogue Service

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Find out about digital products across NERC.

World data systems

The BGS is part of a network of world data centres.

The BGS geomagnetism team hosts the World Data Centre for Geomagnetism (Edinburgh) as part of the World Data Centre (WDC) system established by the International Council for Science (ICSU).

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