Paper No. 192-11
Presentation Time: 11:15 AM
ONEGEOLOGY: PROVIDING GLOBAL OPEN ACCESS TO GEOSCIENCE DATA
OneGeology (1G) is an initiative of Geological Survey Organisations (GSO’s) around the globe that dates back to 2007. Since then OneGeology has been a leader in developing geological online map data using a new international standard – a geological exchange language known as the ‘GeoSciML’ (currently version 3.2 exists, which enables instant interoperability of the data). Increased use of this new language allows geological data to be shared and integrated across the planet among organisations. One of primary goals of OneGeology is a transfer of know-how to the developing world, shortening the digital learning curve. In autumn 2013 OneGeology was transformed into a Consortium with a clearly defined governance structure, making it more official, its operability more flexible, and its membership more open where in addition to GSO’s, other types of organisations that manage geoscience data can join and contribute. The next stage of the OneGeology initiative is focused on increasing the openness and richness of that data from individual countries to create a multi-thematic global geological data resource on the rocks beneath our feet. Authoritative geosciences information will help to mitigate or prevent natural disasters, explore for resources (water, minerals and energy) and identify risks to human health on a planetary scale. With this new stage, renewed OneGeology objectives were defined 1) to be the provider of geosciences data globally, 2) to ensure exchange of know-how and skills so all can participate, and 3) to use the global profile of 1G to increase awareness of the geosciences and their relevance among professionals and general public. We live in a digital world that enables prompt access to vast amounts of open access data. Understanding our world, the geology beneath our feet and environmental challenges related to geology calls for accessibility of geoscience data and OneGeology Portal (portal.onegeology.org) is the place to find them.