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This is the launch email Henri sent out to give a bit of background. Maybe it will serve as inspiration and/or guidance for doing something similar in other counties?
Launch of new website for Sussex Geodiversity
The Sussex Geodiversity Partnership was formed in 2011 with the aim of promoting and protecting geodiversity in East and West Sussex and the city of Brighton and Hove. Originating with the Sussex RIGGS scheme hosted by Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton from 1993 to 2006, the Sussex Geodiversity Partnership is hosted by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.
The Partnership comprises a small group of geologists and geomorphologists with the aim of sharing information on the geodiversity of Sussex, influencing policy and promoting cross-regional working for geodiversity. The public face of the Partnership is the new website at http://www.geodiversitysussex.org.uk launched today on the 15th October 2013
As well as providing information on the geology of Sussex, the website was developed to provide an open-access database for all geological and geomorphological sites in Sussex. Using the original RIGGS surveys, the 120 sites were re-surveyed and updated reports produced in 2011/12 by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre working with West and East Sussex County Councils.
The website is still being populated with site data. Initially, only details of sites with public access will be made available together with regional geological information. Details of limited access sites will be added subject to permission from the landowners. A comprehensive bibliography of publications on Sussex geology and geomorphology is being added and there will be links to other websites and a news item page. Over the next six months the number of sites covered by the site will increase, so keep checking in a learn more about the exceptional Geodiversity of Sussex.
This website would not have been possible without the hard work of commitment of the members of the Geodiversity Partnership, but in particular Peter Anderton and Bob Foreman.
Please do have a look at the website. Ideas for improvements and additions to the website are welcome via the feedback form.
Sussex Geodiversity Partnership