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The Geological Society of London and Elsevier team up to deliver cutting-edge science for oil and gas exploration

Together, the Geological Society of London and Elsevier has launched a brand new partnership that revolutionises the integration of cutting-edge, peer-reviewed scientific research into oil and gas exploration. Geofacets, Elsevier’s innovative research tool for geoscientists, now provides access to our renowned Lyell Collection.

This unique collaboration creates an unparalleled content base for Geofacets users:

  • 165 000+ geological maps from Elsevier's Earth Science journals with 105,000+ georeferenced
  • 51,000+ geological maps from the Lyell Collection, with 34,000+ georeferenced
  • Links to read-only views of scientific articles associated with maps.

The Geofacets tool is designed to search for, and extract, maps, sections and other geographically-referenced geoscientific data from a very large and growing volume of published content. The interface is both interactive and intuitive, using a combination of a GoogleEarth map-based browser and a text-based search tool to capture georeferenced data and images which can then be collated into an interpretation. Search results are presented as thumbnail images with links to their corresponding read-only PDFs, full text (for subscribers) and pay-per-view (e.g. via Science Direct), and selected maps can be gathered for use in GIS software. All maps are accessible and downloadable, with over 140,000 Elsevier and Lyell Collection maps being tagged with georeferenced coordinates available as GeoTIFFs for subsequent analysis.

The Lyell Collection is an outstanding resource covering the two centuries of GSL’s existence. Providing access via Geofacets significantly increases the value of the search tool, as well as increasing exposure for authors of Lyell content. 

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“What we do as geologists has little value unless we make it as widely available as possible, our challenge has always been how best to share our knowledge and understanding of the Earth.”
Edmund Nickless, former Executive Secretary of the Geological Society of London