National Geoscience Data Centre awarded the CoreTrustSeal Accreditation

Core Trust Seal

The National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC) is now certified as a trustworthy repository and has been awarded the CoreTrustSeal accreditation by the joint World Data Systems (WDS) and Data Seal of Approval (DSA) repository certification bodies.

CoreTrustSeal certifies that the NGDC is a trusted digital repository; confirming that data curated is managed and archived in such a way to preserve its long-term access and use. The NGDC is recognised as the NERC Environmental Data Centre for geoscience/sub-surface data and is the first of the NERC data centres to receive this level of accreditation.

The award validates the functions, procedures and processes of the NGDC, in particular the data deposit portal for collating new data and a workflow which provides donators with a digital object identifier (DOI) on request. As a trusted Data Centre, the NGDC increases the opportunities to access national and international funding as well as enhancing our reputation as a global geoscience hub.

This comes in the same week that the BGS became a member of the International Geo Sample Number (ISGN) and a UK issuing agent. These awards and memberships demonstrate the BGS as continuing as a leader and trusted organisation in the custodianship of geoscientific data which underpins the knowledge of the ground beneath our feet.


The National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC) collects and preserves geoscientific data and information, making them available to a wide range of users and communities. NGDC is recognised as the NERC Environmental Data Centre for geoscience data.


Implementation of the CoreTrustSeal

Core certified repositories




13 February 2018