Head of Information Management
Jeremy Giles is the information manager for
BGS and is responsible for the National Geoscience Data Centre.
He has been involved in information management since 1988, though
prior to that he was a field geologist making geological maps in
Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.
The Information Management programme is responsible
for the management of all records, data and other information within
the BGS. This includes all digital databases and collections such
as paper records, maps and plans, images, archives, rocks, minerals,
fossils and borehole core. The aim is to manage the information in
a coherent and integrated manner for the benefit of the citizen,
industry and NERC scientists.
In late 2008 the BGS commissioned an independent review of all its facilities used to store collections of onshore and offshore cores, paper records, magnetic tapes, samples etc. This review was undertaken by the Tribal Group plc, and the final report can be downloaded here.
There are 5 teams within the Information Management programme:
- Collections Management
Since 1835, the gathering of geological
material has been one of BGS' more significant functions. Many
important collections have evolved, including: Biostratigraphy;
Borehole; Marine; Petrology; Building Stones, and Geochemistry.
They form an important part of the national geological heritage.
This team manages BGS' Collections in a coherent, integrated and
professional manner for the benefit of staff, industry, academia
and the public. It works closely with the Collections' users, through
the independent advisory committee, to ensure that best practice
is followed in curation and conservation. Online databases (including
GeoIndex), downloadable catalogues and presentations at meetings
ensure that knowledge of the collections is widespread.
- Database Solutions
The 'Database Solutions' team manages through
a number of projects the corporate database and associated geoscience
systems utilised by BGS staff at all sites. The aim of the team
is the professional management and high integrity of the data held
by the organisation. This can be maintained, mined or queried by
users using a range of corporately developed applications to store
and extract suitably qualified data for use within geoscience projects
- Information Management Focus and Operations
This team will focus on enhancing the management
and promotion of data and information collected, derived and used
within BGS. By developing and guiding the adoption of organized
and consistent data operations, the team will ensure best value
for all users of BGS information. Such proactive management of
corporate geological data and information will underpin appropriate
elements of BGS core activities. Overall the team will guide and
encourage the improvement of information management practice and
quality across the organization, ensuring data are appropriately
handled and preserved, so they can be used, and re-used, by future
researchers, and exploited to maximum benefit by the educational
and commercial sectors.
OneGeology is an international initiative
of the geological surveys of the world and a flagship project of
the 'International Year of Planet Earth'. Its aim is to create
dynamic geological map data of the world available via the web.
This will create a focus for accessing geological information for
everyone. Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of participating
nations the initiative has progressed rapidly and geological surveys
and the many users of their data are excited about this ground-breaking
- Records Management
The aim of the Records Management Team is
to manage both analogue and digital records in accordance with
best practice, as set out in the Lord Chancellors Code of Practice
on the Management of Records. The objective of this work is to
implement effective procedures to enhance records quality and improve
accessibility, underpinning key BGS activities. Liaising closely
with the Information Management Focus and Operations staff, the
Team specialists will manage BGS geoscientific records and data
throughout the information lifecycle. Team members will also contribute
expertise to the ongoing implementation and operation of the ERMS
system and, through Objective, the management of BGS operational
and administrative records.