Map data mash-ups gallery | Web services

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Mash-ups reuse, repurpose and combine existing data, art or content to create something new, or add value in some way.

We encourage users to mash-up OpenGeoscience material with their own data in new and innovative ways by adding new functionality or interfaces.

We can draw inspiration and know-how from mash-ups from the developer community to help us develop robust new products for the benefit of society. Contact us if you create something new and innovative that could benefit others: using BGS data

Example Mash-ups

Gallery below of mash-ups using geological map data at different scales and applications such as: ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Server, ArcWatch, Google Maps, KML, MapInfo and Ordnance Survey OpenSpace.

Developer community

This app guides your walk along the Newent to Huntley section of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Way

HoleBASE SI Professional

Keynetix launched their latest build of HoleBASE SI Professional at Geotechnica 2013 and this release includes technology to enable geotechnical engineers to instantly preview their site investigation data alongside BGS data and aerial photography coverage.


This app guides your walk along the Newent to Huntley section of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Way

Geopark Way Newent app for iOS and Android by BrooksDesigns

The app guides your walk along the Newent to Huntley section of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Way - a 109 mile walk running between Bridgnorth in Shropshire England to Gloucester Cathedral. The trail is divided into 17 sections and there will be an app for each section. Includes BGS geology WMS services.


Awila uses a number of BGS WMS services

Awila Android app by Augmented Technologies Ltd

Awila is a new way to visualise location based information on the move, utilising Augmented Reality. BGS geology maps, along with data from other sources, are painted on the ground as you look through your phone's camera.


Grower's Nation uses BGS soil data

Grower's Nation

Combining BGS (and CEH) soil data with climate and growing conditions information to provide a list of fruit, vegetable and other crops which are suitable to grow in your area. The app will show you when to sow, plant out and harvest your crops.


DigMap50 WMS from Bracknell District Caving Club

Bracknell District Caving Club

Combining BGS geology with cave information and Google Maps in the Mendips area.


Subsidy & Land Cover Correlation, East Anglia Fenlands after Darby (1969, 1974) & O.S. OpenData

Historic fenlands mashup by Andrew Zolnai

Combining land cover data from H C Darby's publications, geographic data from the Ordnance Survey, geology data from BGS and coastline data from NGDC GSHHS to create a geographic history of land cover and surface geology of East Anglia since Domesday.


BGS KMZ files of UK geology overlaid onto an OSM base map

OpenStreetMap mashup by Tlatet

BGS data with crowdsourced geographic data — OpenStreetMap.


QuakeWatch iPhone app screenshot

QuakeWatch iPhone app by LateNightProjects

A reference guide to the latest magnitude 1.0 and larger earthquakes from around the world as provided by seven worldwide sources including the BGS, the US Geological Survey and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. Find out when they happened, where they happened, how big they were, and more. All in an easy-to-use interface!


Earthquake Lite app screenshot

Earthquake Lite app for iPhone/iPad and Android by Mobeezio, Inc.

A free app that delivers live earthquake date to your phone using data from numerous services including the U.S. Geological Survey, GeoNet and the British Geological Survey among others.


EarthObserver iPhone app screenshot

EarthObserver iPhone app by Columbia University

Explore your planet as never before with the mobility of EarthObserver. Use your fingertips to travel through terrestrial landscapes and across the ocean floor. Visit frozen icecaps, study geological maps, scout mountains to climb and trips on coastal waters and exploit a rich atlas of other earth and environmental imagery.


UK Flooding Sinkholes Map by ESRI screenshot

UK Flooding Sinkholes Map by ESRI

Investigate sinkholes that have started appearing around the UK as a result of heavy rainfall. Click and drag the spyglass viewer to see the underlying geology for each sinkhole. Open Data provided by the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, BGS and the Met Office.


UK Quake Android app screenshot

UK Quake for Android by Ear to Ear Oak

Maps up to the last 50 days worth of earthquakes in and around the UK, displaying location, magnitude and depth with links to more detailed information at the British Geological Survey.


UK Onshore Geophysical Library interactive map

UK Onshore Geophysical Library

The Library manages the archive and official release of 2D and 3D seismic data recorded over landward areas of the UK. Its interactive map uses BGS geology web services to present background imagery.


Relief mapping in Bucklebury, West Berkshire

Relief mapping in Bucklebury, West Berkshire by Nick Hopton

An example of combining BGS geology data provided via WMS with Ordnance Survey OpenData (© Crown copyright and database right 2011) using QGIS.


ESRI blogs using BGS 50k data example

Using BGS data in ArcGIS Explorer by ESRI

"The BGS site is a good example of publishing the same content in a variety of different ways, for public users via a Web app, KML, and also the building block data so it can be used and combined with other data for further GIS use." ArcGIS Explorer Blog.


Using BGS data in Quantum GIS (QGIS)

Using BGS data in Quantum GIS (QGIS) by Faunalia

Here you can find instructions on how to install and load BGS WMS data into Quantum GIS (commonly known as QGIS) - Free and Open Source Software.


OS Openspace

Using BGS data with Ordnance Survey OpenSpace by Geo-Tag.Info

Combining BGS geology with the Ordnance Survey OpenSpace service. Notes for developers.


Our research partners

OneGeology using BGS 50k data

OneGeology portal

OneGeology is an international initiative of the geological surveys of the world. Its aim is to create dynamic digital geological map data for the world.

BGS data is also available via the OneGeology-Europe partner project.


NERC Soil Portal map viewer screenshot.

UK Soil Observatory

The NERC Soil Portal provides a gateway to discover, view and download large-scale soils property datasets from across NERC research centres.

It aims to bring together resources to improve our understanding of soils and to help answer key, policy led questions.


BGS developers

BGS example: 625k geology WMS with Google Maps API

Google Maps with WMS

Combining our geological WMS services with Google Maps. This example uses our 1:625 000 scale data. View the source code to see how we did it.


BGS example: 50k geology WMS with ArcGIS Server JavaScript extension for the Google Maps API

ArcGIS Server extension for Google Maps

Demonstration of how our geology map services can be used in web applications developed using the ArcGIS Server JavaScript extension for the Google Maps API. Notes for developers are provided.


BGS example: 50k geology WMS with ArcGIS Server API for JavaScript

ArcGIS Server API for JavaScript

Demonstration of how our geology map services can be used in web applications developed using the ArcGIS Server API for JavaScript. Notes for developers are provided.


BGS example: 50k geology WMS embedded in desktop GIS files

BGS desktop GIS examples

Ready-made project and layer files for loading our street level 1:50 000 scale geology WMS web service into ArcGIS, MapInfo and Google Earth software. Combine it with other data at the click of a button.


Teaching resources

ESRI ArcWatch - Investigating the United Kingdom's Geology Using GIS

ESRI ArcWatch — Investigating the UK's geology using GIS

Including a new lesson in the ArcLessons library Geologic Investigation of the UK with GIS which discusses how to use the resources made available in OpenGeoscience.


Opengeoscience 1: igneous intrusions and lavas: opening geological maps to the world.

Earth Learning Idea

Opening geological maps to the world. Using the Geology of Britain web browser to explore how geological features appear on maps and how the formations are linked to relief features.

Opengeoscience 1: igneous intrusions and lavas.

Opengeoscience 2: tilted and folded rocks