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IC GS. OneGeology. Ian Jackson, March 2007. IC GS. Introduction to OneGeology And this Workshop and the week ahead. Ian Jackson, March 2007. Thank you. John Broome, ESS, Canada Harvey Thorleifson, AASG, USA Kathryn Bull, BGS, UK Jenny Forster, BGS, UK Katy Booth, BGS, UK

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Ian Jackson, March 2007



Introduction to OneGeology

And this Workshop and the week ahead

Ian Jackson, March 2007


Thank you

John Broome, ESS, Canada

Harvey Thorleifson, AASG, USA

Kathryn Bull, BGS, UK

Jenny Forster, BGS, UK

Katy Booth, BGS, UK

Marie Cowan, BGS, UK

(OneGeology Workshop Organising Team)


Contents of this presentation

  • What is OneGeology
  • From humble origins…. to international project
  • The principles and objectives of OneGeology
  • Why do it?
  • How do we plan to do it?
  • This Workshop and its goals
  • Summary and where we are now

What is OneGeology?

A project to make web-accessible the best available geological map data worldwide at a scale of about 1:1 million, as a Geological Survey contribution to the International Year of Planet Earth


Humble origins

Just an idea

February 2006


Collecting support…….

March - August 2006


Support for OneGeology grows…

September – December 2006


Brighton, UK

International Workshop ….and Project …

March 2007



Who is involved?

International Bodies

International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE)

International Consortium of

Geological Surveys

Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW)

International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM)

International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)


Co-ordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP)

Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information (CGI)

International Lithosphere Program



Who is involved?

Surveys and organisations who are participating


Steering Group “Transparent Earth”

CGMW 5-25 proposal



Leadership and


and Resources


CGMW Continental

Leadership and

Teams and CGMW





OneGeology in context

OneGeology (c1M)

Geological Survey

Leadership, Teams

and Resources


The principles behind OneGeology

The givens

  • geological map data are essential to societal well-being and development
  • society has contributed through taxation for the geological map data that exists and they have a right of access to it 

The principles behind OneGeology

Geological surveys and geoscientists around the world have a responsibility to:

  • make accessible the best geological map data they have available now
  • work towards consistent standards for data and access and thus a consistent data architecture and schematic interoperability
  • enhance and increase use of their data

The objectives of OneGeology

  • Making available geological map data accessible
    • in whatever digital format is available in the participating country
  • Transferring know-how to those who need it
  • Stimulate a rapid increase in interoperability (ie disseminate GeoSciML further and faster)

That means OneGeology is:

  • focusing on Internet access to digital data rather than paper maps
    • society increasingly wants its information on-demand and thus digitally
  • adopting an approach that recognizes that different nations have differing abilities to participate.
    • Some are very well developed and provisioned, others barely have stable power supplies, let alone equipment and know-how .
  • facilitating the transfer of technical expertise and data between nations
    • Cutting the learning curve and costs to nations with limited resources but for whom the need for accessible geological data and the benefits they bring are just as great.

A crucial point

  • OneGeology is about geological data available in a standard data structure first,
  • i.e. making geological map data accessible without geological reconciliation
  • The prime objective is not about harmonising geological units and scientific classification across frontiers - that is something to be considered for the longer term

Why do it? (1)

  • The UN General Assembly of 1997 (Agenda 21) urged the world to decrease the gaps in the availability, quality, standardisation and accessibility of data between nations.
  • The need to understand our global environment to solve global environmental problems at a global scale.
  • International Year of Planet Earth and the fact that geological surveys were looking for a tangible way to contribute
  • Around the world each geological survey had a treasure chest of data that just needed unlocking
  • The geoscience community needs to accelerate development of basic digital geological map standards to improve interoperability, sharing and accessibility of data and ……

Why do it? (2)

  • …the great progress of GeoSciML, - the “technical engine” and OneGeology is the “wheels” it needs to spread
  • The development of Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • The lessons learned in making digital map cover available and accessible in UK and Europe
  • The availability of the computing/information systems we need
  • Create a benchmark for all nations
  • Transfer know-how to developing countries and produce maps/data to attract interest and investment.
  • A project that could involve and focus all geological surveys
  • Raise the profile of geoscience.
  • The “Google Earth” approach and the great example it sets


Plan and Develop

OneGeology project stages






Science and technology

The UK Workshop


Brighton Workshop Objectives/Success Criteria

  • Understand the visions and concerns of the participants
  • Develop consensus and share understanding of OneGeology
  • Produce a project plan and schedule for project governance
  • Communicate project status
  • Review what map/data content is available in participant nations.
  • Define formats/ways to participate (including participation strategy for nations needing assistance)
  • Develop consensus on a high-level geological specification
  • Develop consensus on data structure, input and output
  • Draft communication and recruitment plan
  • Produce a “Brighton Accord” – our agreed recommendations
  • End the Workshop with broad participation in place (and a happy bonded team!)

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday 13 March

MorningWelcome, scene-setting and introducing OneGeology.

AfternoonInitial break-out discussions on OneGeology.

Related projects and initiatives.

Wednesday 14 March

Morning Interoperability and future aspirations.

Focused OneGeology Break-out sessions.

Afternoon Field Trip.

Thursday 15 March

Morning Break-out groups’ presentations and discussions.

AfternoonBreak-out groups’ reports.

Related proposals and initiatives.

Friday 16 March

Morning 2 Parallel sessions A: Workshop progress and plans.

B: GeoSciML course.

Afternoon Departures.Geology Workshop programme at a glance


Workshop Schedule Tuesday 13 March - morning

0900 – 0915 Workshop Welcome Address and Chair Peadar McArdle

0915 – 0945 Introduction to OneGeology Ian Jackson

0945 – 1030 Statements by representatives of global bodies

1030 – 1055 Global Mapping and the lessons learned Fraser Taylor

1055 – 1100 Questions

1100 – 1120 Coffee break

1120 – 1140 The OneGeology project Ian Jackson

1140 – 1150 Questions

1150 – 1215 Introduction to the geological specification Harvey Thorleifson

1215 – 1225 Questions

1225 – 1250 Introduction to the informatics, data & technology John Broome

1250 – 1300 Questions

1300 – 1345 Lunch


Workshop Schedule Tuesday 13 March - afternoon

1345 – 1400 ‘Break-out’ briefing Harvey Thorleifson

1400 – 1450 Break-out table discussions of the morning’s presentations

1450 – 1600 Report back of Break-out table discussions

1600 – 1620 Coffee break

1620 – 1700 Antarctica and marine domains Phil Leat and Colin Jacobs

1700 – 1715 Questions and discussion

1715 – 1735 A national contribution to OneGeology — the example of the Italian national map database Leonello Serva

Related projects and initiatives

1735 – 1750 CGMW and its role in Transparent Earth Jean-Paul Cadet

1750 – 1810 The CGMW 25 million and1 million proposal Philippe Rossi

1810 – 1815 Close of day summary and briefing Peadar McArdle

1930 Dinner & Geo-quiz & Scotland’s Geology in Spirit


We are using break-out groups - why?

  • Because a plenary session of 80+ people is too many to have a thorough discussion of all the issues
  • Because many people find it easier to contribute in a smaller group, especially in a language that is not their own
  • Because we want to try and get the most value from the different types of expertise we have available


OneGeology will ……

  • help to make existing data accessible to the world (adding value to existing resources)
  • transfer know-how
  • spread standards and interoperability (GeoSciML)

One Geology is about ……

  • pragmatism (accept what is given)
    • not about geological harmonization
    • any format: paper/raster/vector
    • 1:1M is only a target scale

Progress in 56 weeks (6 February 2006 – 13 March 2007)

  • 53 Nations/Geological Surveys have to date expressed interest in OneGeology
  • 6 global bodies, 4 international geoscience organisations, 2 multinational companies and 3 famous celebrities are actively supporting OneGeology!
  • Kick-off Workshop organised: +80 participants from +40 nations (you !) are here to plan the project
  • BGS have allocated an initial $200 000 to move project forward in 2007
  • OneGeology has momentum and has captured the imagination of people inside and outside the geosciences – see the international press coverage!

If this is what can we do in the first 56 weeks……

Think how much we can achieve together in the next 56 weeks!