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OneGeology-Europe Background

Geological data are essential for the prediction and mitigation of landslides, subsidence, earthquakes, flooding and pollution. The Geological Surveys of each European country hold valuable resources of geological data but, because of the lack of standardization, it is difficult to discover, understand and use this data efficiently to answer critical questions and develop appropriate strategies. In INSPIRE (Annex II), Geology is designated a key dataset that is needed for the Groundwater and Soils Directives, GMES and GEOSS.

The OneGeology-Europe project had the aim of creating a dynamic digital geological map of Europe. It was a two-year project of the European Commission (eContentPlus programme) and was carried out from 1.9.2008 to 31.8.2010 by 30 cooperating organizations (of these, 20 were European geological surveys). The aim of the project was to make geological maps at a scale 1:1M from Europe discoverable and accessible, make them available under a common data license, and to test the guidelines for generating an interoperable environmental information infrastructure (INSPIRE, SEIS, GMES and others). Under the terms of this project, a multi-lingual metainformation system based on a newly defined geological profile was developed. It gives access to information about relevant data from 26 European countries including a harmonized surface geological map at a scale 1:1M.

Standardized map services were created to provide access to the maps through a new geoportal. The project also accelerated the development and deployment of a nascent international interchange standard for geology, GeoSciML, which enables the sharing of data within and beyond the geological community. It developed a harmonized specification for basic geological map data and made significant progress towards harmonizing the dataset (an essential first step to addressing harmonization at higher data resolutions in the future). It is often held up as an example of working, federated standards compliant web service architecture that can serve as a model for many other European initiatives and projects concerned with geographical data.

The management of the OneGeology-Europe portal is now under the responsibility of EuroGeoSurveys.

OneGeology Europe Plus initiative

Of the 34 members of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS), 20 participated in the OneGeology-Europe project (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom), so the European area has not been completely covered. At the 33rd General Meeting and Directors Workshop (18th – 19th September 2012) it was therefore decided to establish a successor initiative OneGeology Europe Plus (1G-E+) with the purpose of extending the coverage by geological maps at a scale of 1:1 M to all the EGS member countries (including Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine) and also, if possible, to the other European countries (Belorussia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faeroe Islands, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Serbia).

The 1G-E+ initiative has no external funding. In order to achieve the desired result, it will be necessary for the new GSOs who intend to supply the additional 1G-E standardized services to carry out the work using their own staff and resources. The technical guidance and other support will be provided by the 1G-E+ Technical Support Team. The team is coordinated by the Czech Geological Survey (CGS) working in cooperation with the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and the Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS). The Technical Support Team is funded from the internal budgets of their respective surveys and the resources allocated by the 5 participating GSOs are estimated to cover 3 - 6 man/months of work each, together with proposed travel costs of their staff. The Geological Survey of the Netherlands (TNO) has decided to support the initiative by providing financial support.

The Technical Support Team will support the technical work required to enable the inclusion of a geological map of a new country in the 1G-E Portal using the standards developed and accepted for 1G-E. Cook-books, on-line help and a Helpdesk will be provided during each stage of the work. Regional Technical workshops will be organized so that the details of the technical steps required to reach the target solution can be presented and discussed. The technical support team will cover the costs involved in their experts to participate in knowledge transfer at the workshops. GSO participants in the workshops will be expected to pay for their own travel and accommodation.

All newcomers must agree to the existing common license (Appendix I) that has been created for downloading the 1G-E data. It should be emphasized that the results will be shown as part of the 1G-E project and metadata/portal infrastructures. It has been agreed that the 1G-E+ project should be completed by the end of December 2013.

OneGeology Europe Plus initiative results in 2013

OneGeology-Europe Plus Initiative – Final Report