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August 2013

  • Since May we've added a few more WMS: India in June, and more recently Nevada USA.
  • The Delaware service has been updated and was the first to have a fully conformant GeoSciML-Portrayal service.
  • There is new functionality for the portal to be released very soon, and the cookbook has been updated accordingly and will be released at the same time.
  • There was a OneGeology Technical working group meeting in St. Petersburg in June

February 2013

  • Uganda and Tanzania are now serving their WMS.

July 2012

June 2012

  • The OneGeology/GeoSciML workshop recently held in the Denver Federal Center, Lakewood on 3 - 4 May 2012 was a great success. Representatives from over 30 State Geological Surveys participated and at least 6 had map services running live before they end of the workshop. The other participants left with the information they needed to implement their web services when they got home. A possible follow-up workshop focusing on USGS mappers is being discussed.
  • OneGeology received an award for 'Excellence in Geospatial Standards Implementation' from the GEOSPATIAL WORLD POLICY AWARDS.

    The award was presented to Ian Jackson, OneGeology Executive Secretariat, at the GEOSPATIAL WORLD FORUM 23-27 April 2012 in Amsterdam.

Introduction to the News Media for Irish Geoscientists

Ian Jackson presented OneGeology at the Introduction to the News Media for Irish Geoscientists communicating geosciences event in Dublin on the 17 May.

May 2012

  • The OneGeology/GeoSciML workshop recently held in the Denver Federal Center, Lakewood on 3 - 4 May 2012 was a great success. Representatives from over 30 State Geological Surveys participated and at least 6 had map services running live before they end of the workshop. The other participants left with the information they needed to implement their web services when they got home. A possible follow-up workshop focusing on USGS mappers is being discussed.
  • OneGeology received an award for 'Excellence in Geospatial Standards Implementation' from the GEOSPATIAL WORLD POLICY AWARDS.

    The award was presented to Ian Jackson, OneGeology Executive Secretariat, at the GEOSPATIAL WORLD FORUM 23-27 April 2012 in Amsterdam.

  • OneGeology Kids now available in Russian!

Introduction to the News Media for Irish Geoscientists

Ian Jackson presented OneGeology at the Introduction to the News Media for Irish Geoscientists communicating geosciences event in Dublin on the 17 May.

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

  • OneGeology announces 'The OneGeology Best Application Competition'. The prize is a free registration for the 34th IGC. We look forward to receiving your entries.
  • The Steering Group will hold a teleconference meeting on 15th February to discuss the progress with incorporation.
  • Preparations are in hand for OneGeology at the IGC. The deadline for the submission of abstracts for 34th IGC is approaching - 17 February. OneGeology has plans for sessions within Theme 5.3 under the major Geoscience Information Theme. These sessions will cover strategic, organisational and operational topics - e.g. progress with national services and related issues, including regional developments (e.g. OneGeology-Europe) and OneGeology technical/informatics and scientific topics. Please prepare and submit your abstracts before 17 February.

January 2012

OneGeology at the 34th International Geological Congress

34th IGC logo

Brisbane, Australia,
5 – 10th August 2012

OneGeology will be present and visible in many ways at the forthcoming IGC.

OneGeology announces 'The OneGeology Best Application Competition'. The prize is a free registration for the 34th IGC. We look forward to receiving your entries.

OneGeology accreditation

The following countries have been awarded OneGeology accreditation for their geological map service provision in the Portal. Many other countries have applied and we will be processing these or provide feedback as soon as possible. Apply for accreditation, we look forward to your application.

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Denmark
  5. Estonia
  6. Finland
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Hungary
  10. Ireland
  11. Italy
  12. Luxembourg
  13. Norway
  14. Poland
  15. Portugal
  16. Romania
  17. Slovakia
  18. Slovenia
  19. Spain
  20. Sweden
  21. The Netherlands
  22. UK

December 2011

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August 2011

July 2011

OneGeology Portal update

A new update of the portal has just been released online.

Improved and new features include:

  • Compliance with Firefox 4
  • A print button has been added
  • Some minor graphical improvements have been made to improve use (icons have been changed, links, properties of a layer, buttons...)
  • The contacts information and the extent is now displayed in the properties of each layer.
  • Some bugs have been fixed e.g. the save KML context button is now working
  • The portal is now connected to geonetwork2.6
  • A new button has been added to open the web page displaying the CGI vocabularies

The latest layers to be registered in the portal include:

  • the Ontario Geological Survey 250k BEDROCK AND STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY WMS (end of April)
  • the Romania service (end of March)

Work is ongoing on the services from Russia, Antarctica and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Events in Scotland, Edinburgh

June 2011

Events in Scotland, Edinburgh

May 2011

Short Course 515: Setting up a GeoSciML data service to publish your geological map data

OneGeology participants may be interested in one of the short courses to be run at the 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting conference in Minneapolis:

(Registration opens in mid-June. We will post the registration link as soon as it becomes available).

Saturday, 8 October 2011, 08:00 - 17:00

Cost: $50; includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Organizers: Arizona Geological Survey (OneGeology participant and data provider),, AGI, and YES Network

This course is aimed at graduate students and early-career faculty who are doing geological mapping projects and are interested in online data publication. GeoSciML is a standards-based data format that provides a framework for application-neutral encoding of geoscience thematic data and related spatial data. Using GeoSciML, you will learn how to set up a GeoSciML data service so that you can publish your geological mapping data in a vendor-neutral format that will allow for data exchange and interoperability. We will implement a basic OGC Web Feature Service using GeoSciML with an example dataset and a software stack using free, open-source software (PostGIS, Geoserver). Participants are required to bring their own laptops that are equipped with a wireless connection.

April 2011

March 2011

  • OneGeology is featured in 'The updraft of GIS cloud computing' in Geoconnexion international Magazine, March 2011
  • 2 - 4 February 2011 — National Science Foundation workshop in Denver, Colorado. "Geo-Data Informatics: Exploring the Life Cycle, Citation and Integration of Geo-Data" workshop (GeoData 2011)
  • New list of up-coming events for OneGeology in the diary.
  • If you know of any other events or meetings related to OneGeology, please email us so we can add it to the diary list.

February 2011

January 2011

OneGeology-AEGOS-GIRAF combined superworkshop

This superworkshop was held on 12 Jan 2011 at the CAG23 bringing together geoscientific information in Africa.

December 2010

OneGeology-AEGOS-GIRAF combined superworkshop

CAG23 logo

Geoscientific information infrastructures in Africa: OneGeology-AEGOS-GIRAF 8–9 January 2011. This 1½ day superworkshop will bring together the three complementary initiatives of OneGeology, AEGOS and GIRAF to provide Geoscientific information and developments in Africa.

To register for this FREE workshop, please complete this form.

November 2010

  • The minutes from the 6th technical working group meeting in Ghana are now available.
  • New publication: One Europe One GeologyApplying Geoscience for Society.

OneGeology-AEGOS-GIRAF combined superworkshop

CAG23 logo

Geoscientific information infrastructures in Africa: OneGeology-AEGOS-GIRAF 8–9 January 2011. This 1½ day superworkshop will bring together the three complementary initiatives of OneGeology, AEGOS and GIRAF to provide Geoscientific information and developments in Africa.

To register for this FREE workshop, please complete this form.

October 2010

Launch of the OneGeology-Europe web Geoportal

OneGeology Europe logo

On 27 October, in Paris, the closing event of OneGeology-Europe will take place. Experts from the Geological Surveys of Europe will explain how this innovative project can facilitate decision-making on land-use planning, and can be used to benefit the daily lives of European citizens.

More information.

September 2010

  • The 6th Technical Working Group meeting will take place on 8 October in Accra, Ghana. The meeting will be hosted by the Geological Survey of Ghana at the SSNIT guest house Accra.
  • OneGeology-Europe awareness seminar — The European Environment Agency (EEA) in cooperation with EuroGeoSurveys and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) invites you to an awareness raising seminar on OneGeology-Europe on 13 September 2010.
  • The latest operational management meeting has just been held. Minutes will be available soon.

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

UN Group of Experts on Geographical Information Management USA, New York

10 - 11 May 2010

This includes an oral presentation "Global Geographical Information Management: Some institutional and data sharing issues in integrating geospatial and statistical data" which will include OneGeology presented by Fraser taylor of the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM).

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

  • OneGeology newsletter issue 9 now available.
  • OneGeology kids was released last month and has received good reviews and feedback.

    This part of the OneGeology eXtra pages is devoted to young children under 10 years old as a basic and fun introduction to geology around the world.

  • The BBC are coming to talk about OneGeology in relation to a 2 part series on the Earth on 10 February.
  • Two trips to Paris for OneGeology in February. Attending/presenting at CGMW General Assembly and IUGS Executive meetings.
  • Just announced: The Spanish International Co-op. and Dev. Agency is to fund a course - Web dissemination of geological maps in Columbia SA in April; more details will be added to the website when information becomes available.

January 2010

  • Ranger RockOneGeology kids is launched!
  • OneGeology now launched on Twitter and Blogger.
  • YES Network :: YES_EGU2010
    A roundtable session at the YES conference will focus on building the awareness of geoscience applications for the greater public as a means to strengthen the “One Planet One Future” vision.

OneGeology ESRI Grant Offer accepted

OneGeology Management and Steering Groups have agreed an offer from ESRI, a world leader in GIS (geographic information systems) for spatial modeling and mapping software, to support participants of OneGeology. This agreement will offer one ArcGIS system per participating country along with maintenance (technical support and upgrades) for one year (12 months) at no cost. Eligible participants for the OneGeology Grant Program are the Geological Surveys who participate in the OneGeology program.

Further details will follow once the grant has been set up.

December 2009

The OneGeology Secretariat wish you and your loved-ones peaceful holidays and good health in 2010.

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.

November 2009

IYPE Planet Earth Lisbon Event 2009

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OneGeology was presented and had an exhibition stand at the IYPE Planet Earth event (PEL2009) in Lisbon, Portugal on 20 – 22 November 2009. The worldwide event was held to highlight the main results of the IYPE and to launch new initiatives building on the IYPE legacy.

IYPE presentation ceremonyDr Komac, Director of the Geological Survey of Slovenia, presented the progress and future plans or OneGeology. OneGeology was also highlighted in many other presentations and is a successful flagship project of the International Year of Planet Earth.

The OneGeology exhibition The successful PEL2009 brought together scientists, politicians and industrial leaders to celebrate the closing of the International Year of Planet Earth triennium (2007-2009), to evaluate the results of the IYPE and to look ahead. This forward look dominated the event and a new initiative, The Planet Earth Institute, was built on the legacy of the International Year of Planet Earth.

Other news

October 2009

IUGS representation on the OneGeology Steering Group

OneGeology would like to welcome Professor Alberto Riccardi, President of IUGS, who has accepted the Steering Group's invitation to participate, representing IUGS, as an ex-efficio member on the OneGeology Steering Group. This position will be alongside current ex-efficio members representing UNESCO and CGMW. The Steering Group feel that participation of IUGS would be extremely beneficial and strengthen the Group.

Professor Riccardi said: 'In accepting your invitation I am pleased to inform you that the IUGS will do its best to contribute, with the help of its members and bodies to strengthen the OneGeology initiative.'

New countries

There are currently 111 nations participating in OneGeology. The most recent countries to participate in OneGeology include:

  • Andorra
  • Costa Rica
  • Georgia
  • Iraq
  • Macedonia

We warmly welcome them and look forward to seeing their data on the portal soon.

August 2009

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June 2009

April 2009

March 2009

  • Ian Jackson shaking hands with the head of the Burkina Faso Geological SurveyOneGeology breaks the 100 mark!
    At the GIRAF workshop on Geoscience Information in Windhoek, Namibia in March, 6 more African countries agreed to participate in OneGeology. The 100th country to participate was Burkina Faso.
  • The 5th Technical Working Group meeting will take 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.
  • Minutes and actions from the 4th technical working group meeting in Copenhagen.
  • GIRAF 2009: Geoscience InfoRmation in AFrica
    A series of GeoSciML and GeoInformation workshops, lectures and courses will take place on 16th - 20th March 2009 at the Geological Survey of Namibia. GeoSciML forms the basis of OneGeology data and this workshop may be useful to anyone hoping to serve their map data to the OneGeology Portal.

February 2009

January 2009

December 2008

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