On 15 May, 25 BGS map layers (harvested from BGS web services) were added to Scotland’s Environment Web portal; along with an additional 74 from other contributing organisations, to provide a comprehensive gateway to Scotland's environmental data.
This further collaboration between BGS and Scotland’s Environment Web is a significant step in the continuing drive for open access delivery of information to support successful management and understanding of our natural environment.
The BGS already delivers huge amounts of information openly through its OpenGeoscience portal — but the true power of Scotland’s Environment Web comes from seeing it alongside major environmental datasets from many other providers.
Scotland’s Environment Web is a major European Life+ project managed by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and its partners, which aims to bring together information on Scotland’s environment in one place.
The BGS is a partner in Scotland’s Environment Web, along with all the key organisations across Scotland which hold data relevant to the environment; including, but not limited to:
The aims of Scotland’s Environment Web include a description of the ‘state of Scotland’s environment’, presentation of the most relevant and up-to-date information to support it, and help for the wider public to understand and engage with their environment.
The latter includes the ‘Get Involved’ initiative, which supports networks of citizen science projects.
So, Scotland’s Environment Web provides organisations, such the BGS, with an opportunity to see our information actively used in ways that really matter for the environment.
For more information contact Keith Westhead