NGDC Data Remit/Scope

The National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC) is hosted by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and delivered on behalf of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC). It is responsible for managing geoscientifically valuable information and datasets. Data held by the BGS covers many geological disciplines that deal with the physical structure of the Earth and the processes which act on it as measured from geological time to near-real-time sensor and data streams. It is the NGDC policy to preserve this data which underpins the existing scientific record and make it accessible for future re-use to a wide range of user communities.

NGDC Ingestion Policy

It is the policy of NGDC to store data that is;

  • high quality, scientifically significant and of potential research or commercial interest to scientists and academics or policy makers in the future
  • a geoscience data output from NERC funded earth science projects and programmes
  • digitally born, enabling easy future re-use and access by a diverse range of end-user communities
  • preserved in the long-term to maintain its accessibility and usability by taking appropriate digital preservation actions throughout the data lifecycle
  • deposited by the owner or someone who has the rights to donate the data to NGDC (therefore granting NGDC a non-exclusive "in-perpetuity licence" to hold and disseminate the data)
  • compliant with our data policy and data value checklist

It is also the statutory responsibility of NGDC to receive data associated with;

It is the policy of NGDC to ensure data is deposited with the following;

  • standards compliant metadata that explains the dataset and makes it easy to discover and facilitates re-use
  • terms and conditions that clearly define how the data can be used in the future (NGDC prefer to hold data with no access or use restrictions – 'open data')

It is the policy of NGDC to;

  • store a copy of the data 'as supplied' in a Data Holding Store (in an agreed format)
  • incorporate (when funding permits) the data within our existing nationally consistent datasets
  • provide data management advice and guidance to geoscientists working upon earth science projects
  • ensure the data is discoverable and provide open access to any unrestricted data held in the Data Holding Store or the nationally consistent datasets
  • create Digital Object Identifiers (DOI's) for appropriate digital datasets on request, facilitating data citation and display these alongside the data
  • encourage the use of these datasets for a full range of academic and commercial purposes including future scientific projects and within information products or decision support systems.


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