Russia: The Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI) unveiled the first geological map of the Russian Federation and its neighbours. The map data was launched at the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC), in Brisbane, Australia. This is the first digital geological map of the whole of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and neighbouring countries; the maps can be viewed via OneGeology.
The CIS geological data will be invaluable to mining and oil and gas companies, environmental agencies, researchers, education and government. The data represents the results of a national programme of geological mapping of the former Soviet Union between 1964 and 1990.
The new CIS map service is the most extensive set of information available through the OneGeology Portal. The service is an excellent example of the adoption of standards across the world that, for the first time, allows geological maps to be made freely accessible across the internet in the same format from many different sources.
The decision to prepare the CIS map data, which is generated from over one hundred 1:1 000 000 scale geological maps for integration into the international OneGeology project, was taken at the highest level and announced at the 15th Session of the Intergovernmental Council in September 2011 in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Ian Jackson who coordinates OneGeology said, “This is an enormous achievement, scientifically and in sheer geographic extent. It is hard evidence of the way, via the Internet, that science is now opening up its riches so that everyone across the world, public and industry, can benefit from decades of research.”