10 years of OpenGeoscience

We are celebrating 10 years of sharing open data at BGS.

OpenGeoscience launched in December 2009 to allow for wider use of our data and encourage more people to learn about geology and its impacts on our lives. Data available to the public includes digitised maps, 3D-scanned fossils, online memoirs and publications spanning 184 years of geoscience. View key milestones throughout our decade of data below:

2009

OpenGeoscience launches with street scale (1:50k) mapping service and image library

2009 — OpenGeoscience launches with street scale (1:50k) mapping service and image library

2010

OpenGeoscience wins Esri UK Innovation in Central Government

2010 — OpenGeoscience wins Esri UK Innovation in Central Government

2010

iGeology app launches and quickly becomes top ranked app within education section of iTunes

2010 — iGeology app launches and quickly becomes top ranked app within education section of iTunes

2011

Over 1 million borehole scans are made available online

2011 — Over 1 million borehole scans are made available online

2011

iGeology wins multiple awards at ESRI International Conference in San Diego

2011 — iGeology wins multiple awards at ESRI International Conference in San Diego

2012

mySoil launches at Gardener's world NEC

2012 — mySoil launches at Gardener's world NEC

2013

Over 900k magnetograms digitised and released online

2013 — Over 900k magnetograms digitised and released online

2014

mySoil wins UKSO AGI award for excellence with impact

2014 — mySoil wins UKSO AGI award for excellence with impact

2014

myVolcano released and features in BBC Focus Magazine

2014 — myVolcano released and features in BBC Focus Magazine

2014

Over 7k published BGS maps are scanned and added

2014 — Over 7k published BGS maps are scanned and added

2015

SIGMA v2015 mapping software released

2015 — SIGMA v2015 mapping software released

2016

Publications viewer released featuring 2.9k documents published between 1835–2010

2016 — Publications viewer released featuring 2.9k documents published between 1835–2010

2017

Live interactive environmental monitoring data made available by BGS for the first time

2017 — Live interactive environmental monitoring data made available by BGS for the first time

2018

iGeology reaches 300k downloads across iOS and android

2018 — iGeology reaches 300k downloads across iOS and android

2018

Number of boreholes accessed through the online service exceeds 10 million

2018 — Number of boreholes accessed through the online service exceeds 10 million

2019

BGS creates a presence on Github to encourage further use of open technologies

2019 — BGS creates a presence on Github to encourage further use of open technologies