Web Portals

Orkustofnun has in recent years run two web portals, Iceland Continental Shelf Portal and Iceland Energy Portal, giving access to spatial data that the institute is responsible for. In addition, Orkustofnun runs a test portal [in Icelandic] for maps in scale 1:25 000, using the same software as the aforementioned portals. Two older portals, Energy Resources Data Viewer and Iceland Nature Portal were closed in December 2011. They were originally produced at Orkustofnun in cooperation with other state institutes in Iceland. A new spatial portal has been added to the collection (December 2016), Orkustofnun Geoportal [in Icelandic at present], based on a software solution from the company Loftmyndir ehf.


Orkustofnun Geoportal is a new web portal (December 2016) with the purpose of publishing information on the institute's data that is accessible in IEP, which will eventually be replaced by the new portal. Orkustofnun Geoportal is based on software from the company Loftmyndir ehf., which has a precise air photograh of the entire country as base layer, the same as in map.is and dozens of other projects utilising that software. Information on wells are accessible in the first version of the portal, as presented in versions of datasets based on data from the OS Well Registry that are released periodically.

Orkustofnun Geoportal is a project in development which may take significant changes in the near future. The new portal will in the beginning only present information in Icelandic. An important factor in the preparation of the new portal is to develop ways to ease the communication of information on the data of Orkustofnun, initially on wells. With this in mind, a login-tab has been included, which allows the submission of comments on geographic coordinates for wells in cases where a well is shown at an incorrect location for some reason. In addition, it is possible to submit coordinates for location of wells that are not in the OS Well Registry as well as submiting coordinates for wells that already have detailed information in the Well Registry except spatial coordinates are missing. The first version of Orkustofnun Geoportal, furthermore, included three data layes on boundaries, i.e. of present day municipalities, older data layer of estate lines and a dataset of rural districts in Iceland at their maximum number in 1950. In the near term recently updated datasets will be made available in Orkustofnun Web Portal and the aim is to add licensing and licence areas next.

Iceland Continental Shelf Portal

Iceland Continental Shelf Portal (ICSP) provides access to information about data pertaining to the Icelandic Continental Shelf, in particular initially to the northern Dreki Area. All data is presented online in an accessible format, and includes a block system for the licensing area, an overview of geophysical data, and metadata on surveys of the Dreki Area. One of the objectives of the Portal is to assist those seeking information on the licensing area. For example it depicts blocks that are available in the licensing round, the location of existing licences, and provides an overview of the available data; who collected it and when, where the data is stored and how it can be accessed. ICSP was launched online in early 2009. The Portal is available in Icelandic and English. [Only accessible in Internet Explorer]

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Iceland Energy Portal

ierp_screenshotIceland Energy Portal (IEP) replaced the Energy Resources Data Viewer (ERDV). IEP publishes online information regarding spatial data about Iceland in subject categories that fall within the operational scope of Orkustofnun. IEP was launched online in June 2010. Datasets of Orkustofnun are continuously  updated, which includes the updating of metadata for the datasets. Additional spatial datasets are under development which are intended for publication in IEP. The main data categories in IEP are on electricity, water supply, licensing, OS maps, boreholes and geothermal. The web software is the same as that used by ICSP.  [Only accessible in Internet Explorer].    

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