The EGDI platform handles basically three kinds of material:

  • 2D geospatial data (map layers) typically created in GIS programs,
  • 3D geological models, and
  • Unstructured data (documents, images, spreadsheets, etc.).

If you have material of one of these types, which you would like include in EGDI, you should start by contacting the EGDI Operations Group at [email protected]. You will then have a dialogue with the group about your data, how they will be best represented on the system, formats, etc.

Map layers

Map layers can be included in EGDI in two fundamentally different ways. Either by uploading a GIS file (Shape file or GeoPackage) or by registering an OGC webservice (WMS or WFS). In both cases it is required that some metadata information is registered in the EGDI metadata catalogue before the layers themselves can be uploaded or registered. You can find a users guide to the metadata catalogue here.

Once the metadata information is entered you can start uploading your GIS files or registering your services. A users guide to this can be found here.

3D geological models

3D geological models can by uploaded to EGDI in several different formats (GoCad TSurf, Wavefront Obj files, ZMap Plus Grids, ESRI Ascii Grids, GeoScene Grids and as comma separated files). The models can be uploaded and stored in the central EGDI 3D database. A users guide to this can be found here.

Unstructured data

Unstructured data can be uploaded as pdf files, png, jpeg and CSV files or an identifier for the data (for instance a DOI) can be registered. A users guide to this can be found here.

Getting help

Email the helpdesk with any questions/issues: [email protected]. NOTE: This automatically adds your enquiry to our public issue tracker (

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