Web services

BGS Technologies

BGS provides data online through a series of dedicated web services and feeds. This data can be visualised in a variety of software and viewers.

BGS Web map services

Web Map Services (WMS)

A standard method of providing map images that can be viewed in GIS software, virtual globes and portal-style websites using a map-based interface.

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Web feature services

Web Feature Services (WFS)

A standard method of providing geographical features across the web. WFS provides real data as opposed to WMS that provides only images.

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OGC Catalogue service for the web

OGC Catalogue Service for the Web (CSW)

This OGC CSW service provides a standards-based interface to discover, browse, and query metadata about BGS datasets and data services.

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KML data

BGS data in KML format

KML files allow data to be visualised in Google Earth and Google Maps

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GeoRSS feed

GeoRSS feeds — UK and worldwide earthquake map

GeoRSS feeds work as normal RSS feeds, but have additional location information embedded in each item. They can be incorporated into mashup-type applications using Google Maps and other available aggregators.

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BGS Minerals

AGS download service

The BGS AGS download service provides free and open access to AGS geotechnical data held by BGS.

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Examples of how our users have combined BGS OpenGeoscience material with their own data in innovative ways to create new functionality and interfaces.

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NGDC deposit data

Linked data

BGS publishes some of its vocabularies and other structured data in accordance with linked data methodologies to enable them to be connected with other datasets and interpreted by machines.

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Coordinates converter - Pixabay

Coordinate converter

Convert British National Grid to latitude and longitude (WGS84) via online form, web service or bulk conversion.

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Get in touch

For more information about our datasets, technologies and map viewers please contact us

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