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Land Registry price paid data and House Price Index

Based on addresses. Need to undertake address matching, but this will change soon when they release spatially linked data. Covers about 50% of dwellings in England and Wales. Link to House Price Index.

Categories: property, real estate

US Census Bureau Housing

The Census Bureau’s housing data present a comprehensive picture of housing in America. You’ll find a wide range of data on the size, age and type of American homes; home values, rents and mortgages, the housing and construction industry, and more.

Categories: housing, property, real estate

Live tables on dwelling stock (including vacants)

The latest data tables on dwelling stock (including vacants).

Categories: statistical data set, property, real estate

Valuation Office Agency data

Covers non-domestic buildings. Valuation data along with use class and quite granular data on even floor areas, etc. 

Categories: property, real estate

Satellite-based data
Spatial data


Earth Engine


Provides worldiwide high resolution satellite imagery, surface temperature, climate, atmosferic, weather, geophysical, landcover, cropland and other geophysical data from satellites. Also the platforms allows you to see changes from 1980's to 2018 in their timelapse application.

This synthesis multiple open access satellite imagery while simplifing its location and availability.

Programming skills may be required for some features


geoscience, satellite imagery, geospatial data sets, programming

Other satellite imagery

Also some sites provide direct downloads of their satellites imagery such as:


Sentinel Open Access Hub

USGS Earth Explorer 

Several open access digital elevation models can be accessed through:


Space Shuttle Radar Topography Mission via USGS Earth Explorer

ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model

JAXA’s Global ALOS 3D World

Categories: satellite images, environmental

Historical Climate Data

Climate information at aprox 1km2 resolution from 1960 - 2018 also provides projections of climate for climate change scenario analysis. Some climatic variables included are  Annual Mean Temperature and Annual Precipitation.

Categories: environmental- climate


Is a script (code) that runs inside QGIS, its suppossed to work copy-pasting and  "Run command" to have 34 different basemaps available. Basemaps such as the ones used by Esri, google, Strava, Carto and OSM.


Categories: satellite images

Spatial data

Centre for Cities Data Store

Centre for Cities Data Store - Mulitple datasets on European cities.

Categories: demographics: economics, health, transport, housing welfare, employment in the UK

CORINE Land Cover

Copernicus is a European system for monitoring the Earth. The data is processed and provides reliable and up-to-date information in six thematic areas: land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security

How to access the data:

Categories: database, mapping


Digimap is an online map and data delivery service, available by subscription to UK Higher and Further Education establishments. Operated by EDINA at the University of Edinburgh, Digimap offers a number of data collections, including Ordnance Survey, historical, geological, LiDAR and marine maps and spatial data.

Categories: database, mapping

EA LiDAR data

Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) is an airborne mapping technique, which uses a laser to measure the distance between the aircraft and the ground. 

Categories: mapping -  open data, surveys


Census data online mapping

Categories: database, mapping


GADM wants to map the administrative areas of all countries, at all levels of sub-division. It uses a high spatial resolution, and a extensive set of attributes. You can browse their maps or download the data to make your own maps.

Categories: administrative, mapping


Provides open access tools to compare available mapping services, tiles and available maps. They provide paid services utilizing Open Street Map Data, moreover they explain the methods used to provide the service. They support the constant update and collaboration of OSM, and exports a wide variety of urban data.

Categories: mapping - vector, open data, geoscience


More detailed than OS Mastermap for UK. Commercial product, might be available through Bartlett to researchers. Specially detailed for UK buildings.

Categories: mapping - vector, land use

Open Geography Portal

The Open Geography portal from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) provides free and open access to the definitive source of geographic products, web applications, story maps, services and APIs. All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated.

Categories: boundaries, postcodes, mapping

OpenStreetMap (OSM)

Exports a wide variety of urban data constantly provided and updated by users. You can find from building footprint, community centers or pubs worldwide.

Use it in QGIS tutorial

Categories: mapping - vector, open data, geoscience

Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC

Information on London's natural environment. Commercial product, but available for researches.

Categories: open space, mapping, species data, habitat data, urban greening

Ordnances Survey (and Address Base)

Exports a wide variety of urban infrastructure data constantly  and updated by professionals.

Also have a look at OS address base – used for locating address based data sets. Not open, but OS willing to grant access for student research. 

Categories: mapping, terrain, street networks

Social media and commercial applications open data

Social media and commercial applications open data

Urban Environmental Open Data

Urban Environmental Open Data

Defra Survey Data Download


EA LiDAR survey - highly detailed (up to 50cm res) terrain models and orginal point cloud data. Also contains aerial photography.

Categories: terrain data, aerial photography

England Noise and Air Quality Viewer

The England noise and airquality viewer. The viewer shows road and railway noise level maps and the associated noise Important Areas (IAs) - 'hotspot' locations identified by DEFRA as requiring further investigation. Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) are also displayed - areas designated by local authorities and requiring further pollution reduction measures.

Category: environment, noise

Categories: environment, noise

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Data

Energy related data and building type, performance, etc.For 8 million individual properties.

Categories: Environmental; Energy; Building - Other Data;


Sun movement, timings, altitutes and paths

Categories: environmental - sun

Government open access focused in the United Kingdom, England and London

Government open access focused in the United Kingdom, England and London



EU Geospatial Data contains official open data access of intranational statistics for EU members. For example EU population in 1km grid data.

Categories: EU Geospatial Data


Nomis is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics, ONS, to give you free access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources.

Categories: UK administrative datasets and selected surveys, focus population and labour market 

London open access data

City wide open access data transport, air quality, population, heat island effect and more in multiple formats. One highlight is the London density review for planning applications and designing.

Categories: Government, open access

UK open access data

Wide range of datasets on education, health, transport, government spending, defence, crime, business, environment, society, and touwns and cities. Some specific resources are the Land Registry (UK) and the English Housing Survey.

Categories: government, UK

UK academic datasets

Explore the UK's largest collection of UK and international social, economic and population data.

Categories: social, economic, population

Other Data

OTHER data


Data about basic global facts. Gapminder uses surveys to ask representative groups of people simple questions about key-aspects of global development. To see the data, you can go to tools.

How to use:

Categories: data, statistic, surveys

Consumer Data Research Centre

Datasets are organised by Topics and listed on this site. They offer data under three tiers: Open, Safeguarded and Secure. Access to data in the Safeguarded and Secure tier is through a reviewed application process. Further details can be found within the User Guide and Research Approval Guidelines, with an initial application form.

Categories: population, retail, transport, surveys, economy

books & readings

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