The BGS maintains a wealth of data, information and other materials gathered throughout the history of the organisation. These data underpin the science undertaken by the BGS and the products and services we provide, and are also used by the wider geoscience community in the UK and beyond.
BGS manages marine data, information and material as part of the National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC) and the Marine Environment Data and Information Network (MEDIN) geology data archive centre (DAC).
Geological, geophysical and environmental data on the seabed and sub-seabed are used to underpin the marine geoscience undertaken by the BGS and the wider user community in the UK and beyond. The data are used for a range of purposes, including the creation of BGS products.
Data are freely available online where possible under OpenGeoscience and the Open Government Licence. However, some data are not yet processed for online delivery and in these cases there may be a charge to cover data preparation. You can also deposit data with us.
The BGS information management (geology) project populates and maintains a number of key geological databases and other information systems.
This is done in collaboration with other teams within the Survey who rely on these well-managed and mature datasets to carry out their research, and to create products, publications and services.