Data request protocol

Requests for access to digital data files access should follow these steps:

  1. Visit the UKOGL site to evaluate the data availability in your chosen area
  2. Select the seismic data and document the line numbers and lengths for each line. This should involve a realistic assessment of whether the seismic data will be ‘fit for purpose.’
  3. Complete the data request form and a project proposal form. The latter form involves writing a short project proposal, stipulating who is involved in the project and in what capacity, explaining where the data will be interpreted and on what platform, and declaring any conflicts of interest.
  4. Contact Malcolm Butler or Joe Cartwright, sending the relevant forms by email.
  5. The data request will be evaluated by the Management Committee of Beneath Britain, to ensure that it falls within the guidelines for research access to these data (see section on Research Guidelines).
  6. Once a project is approved, a confidentiality agreement will need to be signed by both parties (UKOGL and the applicants), and data transfer will be facilitated as soon as possible within the constraints of the organisational logistics.
  7. Successful applicants for access to data under this initiative will be expected to provide copies of any publications and/or short summaries of results in a format suitable for uploading to the Beneath Britain website. An example of a suitable contribution is shown in the publications section of the website. Additional content for the website is always welcome as are suggestions for improving the site.


To obtain seismic data free of any licensing fees, the project proposal must be for geological research purposes, defined here as furthering our knowledge of geology through primary investigation and analysis. The management committee will evaluate proposals to ensure that genuine research is at the core of any proposal.

Research in this sense should not be confused with consultancy. The intention here is to support bona fide research projects and to promote a better understanding of the subsurface geology of Britain, not to offer opportunities to access to free data for commercial purposes. Conflicts of interest would encompass for example, use of the data in a consultancy project, or use of the data on behalf of a commercial party. Digital data files should not be made available to any commercial entity or sponsor. Where a project is sponsored by a commercial organisation, or in receipt of any funding, the nature of the funding arrangement should be declared.

Acknowledgment of Beneath Britain and UKOGL are requested in any external presentations or publications.

Beneath Britain project proposal form