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How will we do it?

The project is a truly multinational and multilateral venture. It involves many different stakeholders working together: the network of geological surveys around the world; the international umbrella organisations of the Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW), International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) and United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Framework of the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM). It is hoped that we will attract other relevant bodies as the project moves forward.

The concept is a completely modern paradigm: it is planned as a distributed model – a dynamic set of geological map data served mostly on a national basis by individual geological surveys and other bodies (e.g. the polar and marine surveys and research bodies) to a web portal and as such will be frequently updated and improved by them and reflect the most up to date data they possess.

To achieve its goals the project team will combine state-of-the-art skills in geoscience data modelling and information management with worldwide expertise and experience in lithological and stratigraphical classification.

The project will obviously be closely interlinked with the IUGS Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information (CGI) and in particular its work on a global data model and interchange standard – GeoSciML. For further details of CGI and GeoSciML please see and

The OneGeology kick-off meeting was held in Brighton, UK in March 2007. A total of 81 geoscientists from 43 countries across the world gathered to consider a proposition – would they be prepared to collaborate to create a global geological map dataset? The answer was a resounding 'yes' and the proposition became an initiative, known as 'OneGeology'. The Brighton meeting produced a unanimous 'Accord' that provides the governance, technical and political essentials for OneGeology.

Since Brighton, an international governance structure has been agreed in detail, and a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the global bodies involved .

Brighton resulted in a large amount of interest from prospective participants, engagement and recruitment continues.

The Brighton meeting was quickly followed by a technical workshop, which was held in Utrecht, Netherlands on 30-31 May 2007. The resulting action list is available.

Following Management Team discussions about Intellectual Property Rights and Data Use, a report was written, agreed and ratified by the Steering Group. The resulting Intellectual Property Rights and Data Use Policy is available.

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