The British Geological Survey (BGS) is the UK's National Centre for earth science information and the foremost supplier of geoscience solutions and impartial advice to the governments of the UK and developing nations. It acquires and maintains up-to-date geoscientific knowledge of the UK and its continental shelf, by means of systematic geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrogeological and geotechnical surveys, collecting and using high quality data.
The BGS maintains a vast store of data and information that has been gathered since the inception of its ancestor, the Geological Survey of Great Britain, in 1835. Various datasets are obtained under statutory requirements such as the Mining Industry Act 1926 and the Water Resources Act 1991.BGS data and information assets are progressively being made available in digital form.
GeoIndex allows users to search for information about BGS data collections covering the UK and other areas world wide. Access is free, the interface is easy to use, and it has been developed to enable users to check coverage of different types of data and find out some background information about the data. More detailed information can be obtained by further enquiry through the website.
This website was launched by the BGS in mid-July 2000. Revised versions have been released regularly.