Using data

The National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC) comprises data gathered or generated by BGS or its precursors, as part of its national strategic mapping programme, in addition to that provided by external organisations.

If you need to find out more about subsurface of any given area in Great Britain, whether for academic or commercial purposes, the most comprehensive collection of information is at the National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC).

Abstract machinery Using digital data

The BGS Intellectual Property Rights Section provides an advisory and licensing service for the reproduction of our published material and digital map data.


Mineral Using collections

Site locations for the biostratigraphy and palaeontology; onshore and offshore drillcore, borehole samples; petrology and mineralogy and geochemistry collections.


Rainbow Using ESAA

The Earth Science Academic Archive is the place for you to find the results of Earth Science research.


Oil rig Using NHDA

Access fees and further details about using the National Hydrocarbons Data Archive


Records store Using records

Many of our datasets are available to view online or you can visit the NGDC to look at the physical collections.