Map based index (GeoIndex)

Dataset description

The Map based index (GeoIndex) provides a map based index to datasets that BGS have collected or have obtained from a wide variety of sources. The site allows users to search for information about BGS data collections covering the UK and other areas worldwide. 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. The index shows the extents of available dataset coverage in Great Britain and the surrounding seas, drawn against a topographical map background. The spatial data are grouped into themes holding related data together in manageable-sized units for sensible querying by any end-users. The current onshore themes are Boreholes, Geophysics, Civil Engineering, Geochemistry, Collections, Earthquakes, Landsat, Local Government, Map products and Minerals. Data is also available for the UK offshore. The map themes were created after discussion with customers and specialists in these particular sectors to ensure they encompass data (data layers) required for meaningful querying of the BGS data holdings by that sector. Data is also available for Northern Ireland using the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland GeoIndex.


Free access. The usual BGS licensing terms and conditions apply to external use of the data.

Further information

For more information please contact:


Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
NG12 5GG

Tel : +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax :+44 (0)115 936 3276


Further details

Dataset details

Author(s) Not available
Principal Investigator(s) Not available
Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
Supply media/format GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS; Version:Not Entered
Storage format Digital:ESRI Files
Frequency of update as needed
Start of capture 2000
End of capture Not known
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category code (ISO) geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
Keywords GEOLOGY
Keyword source BGS Keyphrases
Spatial details
Spatial Reference System Not available
Dataset extent
Coverage (Lat/Long) North boundary : 63.9
East boundary  : 3.4
South boundary : 49.9
West boundary  : -24
Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 27th November 2013
Metadata standard compliance NERC profile of ISO19115:2003
Copyright and IPR
The copyright of materials derived from the British Geological Survey's work is vested in the Natural Environment Research Council [NERC]. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a retrieval system of any nature, without the prior permission of the copyright holder, via the BGS Intellectual Property Rights Manager. Use by customers of information provided by the BGS, is at the customer's own risk. In view of the disparate sources of information at BGS's disposal, including such material donated to BGS, that BGS accepts in good faith as being accurate, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the quality or accuracy of the information supplied, or to the information's suitability for any use. NERC/BGS accepts no liability whatever in respect of loss, damage, injury or other occurence however caused.