What is Open Geography and how do I use the website?

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.

ONS produce a range of products that support the use of geography in the statistical process. The Open Geography portal allows users to find, view, map, style, chart and download or share data.

1. Find

  • Find a range of products that support the use of geography by clicking on the dropdown menus at the top.
  • Alternatively, use the search bar above to browse our data. Simply enter all or part of the dataset name you are looking for.
  • The latest releases on the portal can be found below. Click on the products to go straight to them.
  • Or use the data category links below if you are using a mobile device.

2. View

  • Once you've found the data, click the Open in ArcGIS link
  • A new ArcGIS interactive map is displayed with the data already loaded
  • Follow the steps to set up how the data is displayed
  • More information can be found here. for viewing and analysing maps in the map viewer.

3. Download

  • Once you've found the data, click the Download Datasets button. You can choose to download a full or filtered dataset.
  • Next choose the format you want to download. You can download a spreadsheet (CSV), KML, and shapefile
  • The download will automatically start. Click the My Activity button to track the progress of your download.

4. APIs

  • Use GeoJSON (an open standard format designed for representing simple geographical features) or
  • Use GeoServices to consume ready-to-use ArcGIS Online services or
  • Use the OGC Web Map Service (WMS) - a protocol for serving georeferenced map images or
  • Use the OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) - a protocol for requesting geographical features across the web

Release Calendar

Upcoming releases on the Open Geography portal

Release Date Product Name

31/03/2017

Local Enterprise Partnership (Overlapping Parts) (April 2017) Boundaries in England

31/03/2017

Local Enterprise Partnership (Non-Overlapping Parts) (April 2017) Boundaries in England

03/04/2017

Register of Geographic Codes (April 2017)

03/04/2017

Code History Database (April 2017)

05/04/2017

NHS Regions (Geography) (April 2017) Boundaries in England

07/04/2017

Hierarchical Representation of UK Statistical Geographies (April 2017)

10/04/2017

Combined Authority (March 2017) Boundaries in England

13/04/2017

NHS Commissioning Region (April 2017) Boundaries in England

18/04/2017

Local Health Board (December 2016) Boundaries in Wales

21/04/2017

European Electoral Region (December 2016) Boundaries in Great Britain

21/04/2017

National Assembly for Wales Electoral Regions (December 2016) Boundaries in Wales

28/04/2017

Police Force Areas (December 2016) Boundaries in England and Wales

Story Maps

Story Maps combine maps with narrative text and images to tell a story