The BGS has embraced European Union (EU) and UK initiatives to increase access to its data and information holdings. One such initiative is INSPIRE, an EU directive (a legal act) that aims to enhance the sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organisations and better facilitate public access to environmental information across Europe.
BGS has followed the standards set by INSPIRE for making environmental spatial data more widely available to discover, view and download. One of the methods by which data can be made available under INSPIRE is via a pre-defined download service. A pre-defined service consists of a single parent feed (the download service feed), with links to child feeds (dataset feeds). Each child feed describes a single dataset, and contains links to download the dataset in one or more coordinate reference systems. Also, an INSPIRE / OpenSearch compliant search engine allows a subset of datasets to be found using specially constructed URLs.
To see all datasets that are available via the service, see the download service feed.
Application developers can query the download service's search engine using the URL patterns described in the service's OpenSearch description document.
End users can also use the search engine. The form below can be used to generate suitable URLs. For instance, to generate a URL suitable for use in a feed reader application:
Results can be returned in XML, HTML or zipped shapefile format. The search engine's behaviour follows the INSPIRE download service specification:
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