Acronyms used on this site

AASP American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists
AEG Association of Exploration Geochemists
AGI Association for Geographic Information
AGS Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists
ALGI Address Linked Geological Inventory
ANSI American National Standards Institute
API Application Programming Interface
APIs Administrative Performance Indicators
BCS British Computer Society
BEM Business Excellence Model
BGS British Geological Survey
BGS-geoIDS BGS-Geoscience Integrated Database System
CASE Computer Aided Software Engineering
CAST Center for Applied Special Technology
COSLA Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
CSBD Corporate Services and Business Development
CSP (BGS) Core Strategic Programme
DEM Digital Elevation Model
DESIRE Development of a European Service for Information on Research Education
DETR Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions
DFID Department for International Development
DGSM Digital Geoscientific Spatial Model
DIR Dogma Inspired by Reason
DMG Data Management Group
DMPS89 Digital Map Production System 1989 (1:50000)
DMPS92 Digital Map Production System 1992 (1:10000)
DMPS97 Digital Map Production System 1997 (all scales)
DOM Document Object Model
DRGS Digital Report Generating System
DTD Document Type Definition
DTI Department of Trade and Industry
DTM Digital Terrain Model
E&P Exploration & Production (in the oil industry)
EAGE European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
ESRI Environmental Systems Research Institute
ESTB Earth Science and Technology Board
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FOREGS FORum of the European Geological Surveys directors
FTP File Transfer Protocol
GBASE Geochemical Baseline Survey of the Environment
GEIXS Geological Electronic Information Exchange System
GEOIDS Please see BGS-geoIDS
GHASP Geo-Hazard Susceptibility Package
GHS Geological and Hydrological Surveys
GIS Geographical Information Systems
GSD Geological Spatial Database
HIE Highlands and Islands Enterprise
HOD Head of Discipline
HTML Hyper-text Markup Language
HTTP HyperTextTransfer Protocol
IGRF International Geomagnetic Reference Field
IIP Investors In People Programme
IPMS Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists
IPR Intellectual Property Rights
ISO International Organization for Standardization
IT Information Technology
iTSS Information Technology Solutions & Services
IUDD Intrastructure and Urban Development Department (part of DFID)
JEGS Job Evaluation and Grading System
KAR Knowledge & Research
LOCUS London Computerised Underground and Surface Geology
MARC Machine Readable Catalogue Format
MARS Menu Aided Retrieval System
MEIGA Mineral Exploration and Investment Grants Act 1972
MIME Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
MIRO Mineral Industry Research Organisation
MLURI Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
MRP Mineral Reconnaissance Programme
MWFSA Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1966 as amended
NERC Natural Environment Research Council
NGDC National Geoscience Data Centre
NGDF National Geospatial Data Framework
NGIS National Geoscience Information Service
NGRC National Geological Records Centre
NRSC National Remote Sensing Centre
ODBC Open Database Connectivity
OST Office of Science and Technology
PCS Public and Commercial Services
PDG Programme Development Group
PIMA Portable Infrared Mineral Analyser
POP Post Office Protocol
POSC Petrotechnical Open Software Corporation
PPDM Public Petroleum Data Model Association
PRG Programme Review Group
QA Quality Assurance
R&D Research and Development
RCAHMS Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
RCS Rock Classification Scheme
RDBMS Relational Database Management System
RSC Royal Society of Chemistry
SCRAN Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network
SDE Spatial Database Engine
SEDD Scottish Executive Development Department
SEED Scottish Executive Education Department
SEG Society of Exploration Geophysicists
SEG-Y Society of Exploration Geophysicists format Y
SEHD Scottish Executive Health Department
SEPA Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
SERAD Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department
SGML Standard Generalized Markup Language
SLA Service Level Agreement
SMA Science Management Audit
SNH< Scottish Natural Heritage
SOBI Single Onshore Borehole Index
SQL Structured Query Language
TCP/IP Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
TOAD Tool for Oracle Application Devlopers
TOR Terms Of Reference
UCAC BGS University Collaboration Advisory Committee
UES Urban Environmental Surveying
UKBD United Kingdom Business Development
UKSGB UK Standard Geographic Base
URL Uniform Resource Locator
VBIED Vehicle born improvised explosive devise
WWW World Wide Web
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get
XML eXtensible Markup Language