Tuesday, December 08, 2009

OpenGeoscience — Free GIS and Remote Sensing Data

OpenGeoscience - a free service where you can view maps, download photographs and other information. Use OpenGeoscience material free-of-charge for non-commercial private study, research and educational activities.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has published a series of interactive geological maps onto OpenGeoscience, an online portal that has been unofficially dubbed "googlerock."

The maps will be available to the public free of charge. This is the first time free maps containing such a level of detail have been published online.

"OpenGeoscience provides the public with a wealth of geological information including maps, photos and digital data. Users can combine this with other environmental information to help them understand their environment," stated Dr Keith Westhead, head of information delivery.

The map has an interface similar to Google maps, where users can drill down into geological information in a particular area. It also includes the free provision of offshore maps, earthquake location information and samples of ground stability hazard maps.

And the portal provides software downloads to help geological mapping, free educational resources and access to a wealth of digital geological information and reports held by the BGS. Visit the portal for free GIS and Remote Sensing Data download.


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