Managing data

Data ingestion

Wake up your data!

The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) consists of more than 160 organisations that together work on assembling, harmonising and making marine data, products and metadata more available. The BGS is heavily involved in the EMODnet Geology project and have taken on the role as geology thematic lead for the EMODnet Ingestion project.
23 February 2018

Sharing data

The BGS has a huge archive of scanned borehole records. These provide unique insights to the 3D make-up of the geology beneath our feet and provide the geotechnical industry with an unrivalled source of subsurface data. We know that UK industry finds this resource incredibly valuable, but it is analogue and we know that many hours are spent transcribing our borehole records into digital format for onward use. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for the geotechnical industry to upload data to the archive and also to download the data that we hold.
12 January 2018

Open data

Many of us are becoming aware of the revolution that is going on in data science and of the power of what household names like Google are doing. Sometimes seemingly 'magic' things surprise us. This uncanny accuracy is the result of some serious data mining activity in the background.
21 April 2017

Open data

BGS is committed to releasing as much information as possible as 'open'. We hope that by releasing open information we can encourage wider use, and that more people learn about the geology of the UK and its impacts on our lives, as well as to stimulate innovation and encourage the creation of products and services.
21 April 2017

Data wordcloud

The BGS has led the world in using 3D geological models, rather than 2D maps, for improving scientific understanding or communicating science. Such models often need to be created very quickly to visualise and understand the issues and then explain the implications. But producing such models requires easy access to complex geological information; accurate models require multiple datasets to be supplied and interrogated in common formats.
24 August 2016

Open-access data

Open data is at the heart of our work in informatics and we are constantly developing ways of making that data available to the wider community. Over 900 Gb of digital and electronic data deposited with the BGS since July 2014 is now available at the click of a download button.
18 August 2016

Malawi spatial data

Salome Mkandawire, a GIS expert from the Malawi government's Surveys Department, has just spent a busy month training with Carl Watson, a systems developer and analyst at the BGS. Their aim was to share good data practice and information management experience as well as research international standards for spatial metadata. Here Carl explains why BGS is a leader in these fields and asks Salome how this CSCUK Professional Fellowship is helping the National Spatial Data Centre in Malawi.
06 May 2015

Colloquim on African Geology

The Colloquim on African Geology (CAG) takes place every year, and this year it was the turn of Addis Ababa to host. Staff from the BGS presented results on geological mapping and geochronology in Tanzania, Ethiopia and the UAE and outlined the need for more integrated research and geological correlation in the Neoproterozoic. Gemma Nash gives her perspective on the conference.
13 January 2013


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