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

A Thousand Years of Building with Stone

A Thousand Years of Building with Stone

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust are recording, cataloguing and untangling the history of stone use in heritage buildings across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. From cottages to castles and from bridges to barns the stone built heritage of the region has, through the ages, represented an important link between the largely hidden world beneath our feet and our everyday lives. Includes BGS geology WMS services.

Awila Android app

Awila uses a number of BGS WMS services

Awila by Augmented Technologies Ltd 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.

Bracknell District Caving Club

DigMap50 WMS from Bracknell District Caving Club

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

EarthObserver iPhone app

EarthObserver iPhone app screenshot

Explore your planet as never before with the mobility of EarthObserver by Columbia University. 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.

Earthquake Lite app for iPhone/iPad and Android

Earthquake Lite app screenshot

A free app by Mobeezio, Inc. 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.

UK Flooding Sinkholes Map

UK Flooding Sinkholes Map by ESRI screenshot

Investigate sinkholes that have started appearing around the UK as a result of heavy rainfall, by ESRI. 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.

Fossil explorer app

Fossil explorer app

The Natural History Museum have used BGS data to create the Fossil explorer app where you can identify rocks in Britain based on the age of the rocks where the fossils are found.

Geology resources: beneath your feet

Geology resources: beneath your feet

Beneath Your Feet is a service to make it easier to access the high-resolution geological maps published by BGS. This service provides an easy means of accessing maps for a particular location without needing to know the map number or title through location-based search or interactive map.

Geopark Way Newent app for iOS and Android

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

The app by BrooksDesigns 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.

Historic fenlands mashup

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

This app by Andrew Zolnai combines 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.

HoleBASE SI Professional

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

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.

OpenStreetMap mashup

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

Tlatet has combined BGS data with crowdsourced geographic data — OpenStreetMap.

QuakeWatch iPhone app

QuakeWatch iPhone app screenshot

A reference guide by LateNightProjects 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!

Relief mapping in Bucklebury, West Berkshire

Relief mapping in Bucklebury, West Berkshire

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

UK Onshore Geophysical Library

UK Onshore Geophysical Library interactive map

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.

UK Quake for Android

UK Quake Android app screenshot

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 by Ear to Ear Oak.

Using BGS data in ArcGIS Explorer

ESRI blogs using BGS 50k data example

"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 by ESRI.

Our research partners

OneGeology portal

OneGeology using BGS 50k data

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.

UK Soil Observatory

UKSO map viewer screenshot.

The UK Soil Observatory (UKSO) 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

ArcGIS Server API for JavaScript

BGS example: 50k geology WMS with 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 desktop GIS examples

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

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.

Google Maps with WMS

BGS example: 625k geology WMS with Google Maps API

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.

Teaching resources

Earth Learning Idea

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

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.

ESRI ArcWatch

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

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.