*create dynamic digital geological map data for the world. *make existing geological map data accessible in whatever digital format is available in each country. The target scale is 1:1 million but the project will be pragmatic and accept a range of scales and the best available data. *transfer know-how to those who need it, adopting an approach that recognises that different nations have differing abilities to participate. *the initiative is truly multilateral and multinational and will be carried out under the umbrella of several global organisations.