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Technical implementation group

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Austria, May 2017
The 12th OneGeology Technical Implementation Group meeting was held on 23rd–24th May 2017.

Offices of Austrian Geological Survey (GBA)

Portugal, May 2015
The 11th OneGeology Technical Implementation Group meeting was held on 26th May 2015.

Portuguese Geological Survey, Lisbon, Portugal
Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, I.P.
Estrada da Portela, Bairro do Zambujal – Alfragide
Apartado 7586 - 2610-999 Amadora – Portugal

USA, July 2014
The 10th OneGeology Technical Working Group meeting was held on 1st July 2014.

Conference rooms at the Lodge on the Desert hotel,
306 North Alvernon Way,
Arizona, 85711-2855,

Russia, June 2013
The 9th OneGeology Technical Working Group meeting was held on Wednesday 5th June 2013 kindly hosted by the A. P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute (FGUP "VSEGEI") in St Petersburg, Russia

Federal State Unitary Enterprise,
A. P.Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute (FGUP "VSEGEI")
74, Sredny prospect, 199106,
St. Petersburg,
Russia, VSEGEI

This was an all day event where we encouraged all those with an interest in furthering the technical advancement of the OneGeology initiative to attend (there were work days either side of this meeting advancing OneGeology adopted technologies such as GeoScIML).

New Zealand, August 2012
The 8th Technical Working Group meeting was held on 15 August 2012.

Scotland, July 2011
The 7th Technical Working Group meeting was held in Edinburgh on 8 July 2011.

Ghana, October 2010
The 6th Technical Working Group meeting took place on 8 October in Accra, Ghana. The meeting was hosted by the Geological Survey of Ghana at the SSNIT guest house Accra.

Canada, September 2009
The 5th Technical Working Group meeting took place on Friday 25 September 2009 from 14:00 to 17:00 at the offices of the Geological Survey of Canada, in Québec hosted by GeoSciML consortium member Eric Boisvert.

Eric Boisvert
Spécialiste TI-GI / IT-IM specialist, 418-654-3705, facsimile/télécopieur 418-654-2615
490, rue de la Couronne, Québec, G1K 9A9
Commission géologique du Canada (Québec) / Geological Survey of Canada (Québec)

Copenhagen, January 2009
The 4th OneGeology-Global Technical Working Group meeting took place between 1400-1700hrs on 21 January 2009.

The meeting was hosted by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) at their offices in Copenhagen.

Jørgen Tulstrup Head of Department, State Geologist, was the OneGeology host for the meetings at:

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS),
Geocenter Copenhagen,
Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark,

The agenda for the Technical Working Group meeting included at least issues of:

  • steps required to encourage more of the currently 94 Geological Surveys to serve OneGeology Level 1 Web Map Services (WMS) or request others to host their WMS for them (we currently have more offers of hosting than we have of requests from Surveys to be helped)
  • OneGeology Level 2 Web Feature Service (WFS) Cookbooks will be available by the time of the meeting - rolling out Level 2 services based on GeoSciML V2.0
  • Current and planned improvements to the OneGeology Portal - Registry and Client
  • Current and planned improvements to existing Cookbooks and recommended opensource software
  • Likely timetable for integration of advancements developed by the EU funded OneGeology-Europe project into 'OneGeology-Global'
  • Working with other potential OneGeology contributing projects around the world such as the USA NSF-GIN project

Norway, August 2008
6th August: 0900 – 1200 – 33rd IGC, Oslo

The 3rd meeting of the Technical Working Group was held on 6th August 2008 at the IGC venue in Oslo.

France, February 2008
The second meeting of the Technical Working Group was held on 27th – 29th February at BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières) in Orleans, France.


This was a highly successful meeting. It was attended by 30 participants representing 13 countries around the world. Discussion focussed on development of the Prototype Portal, the registration process, improvements leading to V1.1 of the Cookbook and preparations for Level 2 WFS Cookbooks. The meeting was concluded with a live demonstration of using the WMS Cookbook V1.0 and the registration of 'real' map data.

Could participants now please follow the Cookbook instructions to register your OneGeology conformant WMS service and provide any feedback you can to This feedback will be essential for producing Cookbook V1.1, hopefully available in April.

The regional French TV station came to film the Working Group meeting and several of the team appeared in a substantial slot on the regional news that evening (see below).

The following documents are available:

Netherlands, May 2007
The first meeting of the Technical Working Group met on the 30–31 May 2007 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Twenty-two participants from 17 countries attended the two day meeting. The prime objective of this workshop was to take forward the development of the prototype OneGeology Portal and identify and assign the tasks necessary to achieve this.

The meeting was very successful and the continuing commitment of participants ensured that there were volunteers to take forward the work we identified.

There is a wide range of documentation from the Utrecht meeting on the Downloads page from the agenda to the list of participants and a selection of the presentations given. However the most useful document from this set may be the brief action list and other issues, which give the work tasks, the people who agreed to carry them out and the time-lines.

From this you will see that we very much hope to have a OneGeology prototype portal with the geology of several countries available by the end of January 2008.