Web services — geology maps, earthquake data and more

We are making more of our geological data available in open formats so that they can be used in mashup type applications within GIS software and Geobrowsers such as Google Earth. In addition to their full software products, ESRI® make the ArcGIS Explorer data viewer, MapInfo® make the MapInfo® ProviewerTM data viewer and Intergraph make the GeoMedia Viewer data viewer freely available. Open Source software for interacting with spatial data services are also available as are numerous web-based systems. Please note the terms and conditions of use for such software. We hope these services stimulate innovative uses of our data and promote interoperability. Many of these services contribute to BGS complying with the EU INSPIRE directive.

Terms of use

All the data services listed here are delivered under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: "Contains British Geological Survey materials © NERC [year]".

Map data services

INSPIRE logoAtom download services
Direct access to download BGS datasets via pre-defined data download services (atom feeds). Contributes to EU INSPIRE.
BGS 625 000 scale geology drapped on an eggEmbed a UK geology or earthquakes map

Include an interactive geology or earthquakes map of the UK in your own website

RSS logoGeoRSS feeds — UK and worldwide earthquake maps
These feeds work as normal RSS feeds, but have additional location information embedded in each item. Viewable in applications such as Google Maps.
search iconKML — UK geology and UK and worldwide earthquake maps
Viewable in Google Earth and Google Maps and an increasing number of other GIS, geobrowser systems and virtual globes.
OGC WFS logoWeb Feature Services (WFS)
A standard method of providing geographical features across the web. WFS provides real data as opposed to WMS that provides only images. Contributes to EU INSPIRE.
OGC WMS logoWeb Map Services (WMS)
A standard method of providing map images that can be viewed in GIS software (such as ESRI's ArcGIS), geobrowsers and virtual globes (such as Google Earth) and also accessible from portal-style websites using a map-based interface. Contributes to EU INSPIRE.

Other data services

Data records Catalogue Service (CSW)

A standards-based interface to discover, browse, and query metadata about BGS datasets and data services. Contributes to EU INSPIRE.

Semantic web logo Linked data

Linked data allows powerful and easy re-use of data by interconnecting data, putting it in to context and enabling comparisons.

RSS logo RSS news feeds

Get our news releases and the latest updates to our website as soon as they are posted without having to check it yourself for changes.

Database icon Vocabulary web service

Standardised terms that cover a wide range of geoscience specialisms. The BGS vocabulary web service has been implemented as a RESTful web service. It provides programmatic access to our dictionaries and their terms.