OpenGeoscience — Free data!

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What is OpenGeoscience?

BGS has a wide range of datasets and wants to increase access to these by publishing as many as possible under OpenGeoscience. OpenGeoscience is a free service where you can view maps, download data, scans, photos and other information. The services available under Open Geoscience are listed below, and include:

Terms of use

To encourage the use and re-use of this data we have wherever possible made the data within OpenGeoscience available under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: "Contains British Geological Survey materials © NERC [year]". The terms of use for every product under OpenGeoscience are displayed clearly at the top of every page.

Map viewers

BGS has started to publish its data through map viewers allowing you to pan and zoom to where you live, click on an area of interest and reveal more about the ground beneath your feet.

Apps

BGS have created various mobile apps, such as iGeology and mySoil that allow you to view BGS datasets on a map where ever you are!

Data collections

Many of the BGS's most popular databases and vocabularies are available to search and view online.

Data downloads

A number of GIS datasets are now available to download including some of our core, baseline datasets showing geology, gravity and magnetic data, and hydrogeology data.

Scans and photos

As part of our continued commitment to putting more information out for open access, BGS has released a number of its digital scan and photo collections on OpenGeoscience, including borehole log scans.

Web services

BGS are making more of its information accessible through web services and linked data to encourage developers to use and innovate it within their own systems.