The BGS is a member of the Office of Public Sector Information 'Information Fair Trader Scheme' (IFTS), and strives to uphold the principles of openness, transparency and fairness that underpin the scheme. The BGS Executive Director's statement of commitment to IFTS is published. The BGS undertakes, as far as is possible:
Licensing arrangements follow the following principles:
The BGS policy on pricing of its information products implements the recommendations of HM Treasury's 'Fees and Charges Guide', HM Treasury's 'Charges for Information: when and how', and UK Government reviews on the operation of public sector research establishments. In line with the policy and guidance set out above, the pricing scheme applies non-discriminatory, usage-based, fees that are applicable across the whole range of BGS digital information products.
For further information regarding licensing costs, including worked examples, please visit the 'How much will I pay for a licence?' section.
By agreement, the BGS also allows packages of its data and information products to be resold by other suppliers (known as Licensed Data Suppliers) in their own market areas. Standard BGS licence terms, conditions and prices apply to the end user. A royalty of 20% is returned to the Licensed Data Supplier on data licensed in this way.
The BGS does not charge for its raw data (such as borehole records), but in line with HM Treasury guidance ('Charges for Information: when and how') the BGS recovers the allowable marginal costs of locating, retrieving, copying, delivery etc. of those data, and a small allowable contribution to operating costs and necessary IT infrastructure.
There are a very few exceptions to the above principles of pricing and licensing. The most important of these are:
Below are template versions of the documentation BGS issues to cover the release of its digital materials:
Please be aware that the templates are provided solely in order to give guidance as to the kind of terms and conditions under which BGS may release its digital materials. Individual arrangements may vary, dependent upon the particular end user requirements and the materials being released.
For further information on any aspect of BGS's pricing and licensing policy contact the Head, BGS Information Delivery.