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Ian Jackson BSc, FGS, CGeol.

Ian is currently a member of the OneGeology Executive at British Geological Survey (BGS). Prior to this he was the Chief of Operations at BGS and from 2000 to 2007 he was BGS Director of Information.

Ian JacksonIan graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1972 and began his career with BGS in 1973, working on mineral assessment programmes in the UK and overseas.

He moved in 1983 to work as a field geologist in the North-East England coalfield.  Application of early computing systems to handle the large borehole and mine plan datasets there led to his appointment as the manager of a corporate project to introduce digital map production across BGS in 1990.

Ian subsequently held responsibility for the development of the British national geological map and geo-hazard digital datasets.  He remains closely involved with the development of operational digital field data systems, 3D modelling and visualisation.

A dominant theme in his career is the wider exploitation of geoscience data for societal benefit.  Ian has undertaken geoscience information systems consultancy for national agencies in North and South America, Australia and Europe.

He is Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences Commission for Geoscience Information and was a member of the European Commission Spatial Data Directive (INSPIRE) regulation drafting team.  Ian is currently a member of a US National Academies/National Research Council Committee on “Spatial Data Enabling USGS Strategic Science in the 21st Century”.

Ian was the editor of an atlas of UK geoscience spatial data entitled “Britain beneath our feet” and more recently produced “One Europe One Geology”, a book describing the application of spatial geoscience data in EU Member States. He is the originator and leader of two international initiatives – OneGeology – to make geological map data across the world web accessible and One-Geology-Europe – developing a geoscience spatial data infrastructure for the European Union.

October 2010