OpenGeoscience is a free web service from the British Geological Survey (BGS) that provides geological information for non-commercial and innovation use. Available resources include street-level (1:50 000 scale) geological maps for the whole GB (delivered via Web Map Services), nearly 50,000 photographic images from BGS? national collection, access to databases e.g. rock classification scheme and lexicon of named rock units, an open research archive and software downloads such as our digital field-data capture system. OpenGeoscience aims to exploit and open up access to BGS knowledge, information and data. The user community is taking advantage of OpenGeoscience and a number of ?mashups? incorporating the geology mapping WMS have already been created. This presentation will touch on knowledge exchange initiatives within the BGS and how OpenGeoscience fits in. It will discuss the user community for OpenGeoscience and how the service aims to meet their needs. The technical methods of its implementation will be explored and plans for the future unveiled.
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