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

Latest Releases

Product Name Product Type File Size Release Date

ZIP File

9 MB

22/02/2017

ZIP File

2 MB

22/02/2017

ZIP File

457 KB

22/02/2017

ZIP File

653 KB

22/02/2017

SHP, KML, APIs

5 MB - 87 KB

22/02/2017

ZIP File

103 MB (Full)

14 MB (Extract)

20/02/2017

Includes correction to the border between the West, North and East Cumbria STP and Lancashire and South Cumbria STP

SHP, KML, APIs

21 MB - 93 KB

20/02/2017

SHP, KML, APIs

22 MB - 168 KB

20/02/2017

SHP, KML, APIs

10 MB - 73 KB

17/02/2017

Release Calendar

Upcoming releases on the Open Geography portal

Release Date Product Name

24/02/2017

Code History Database (February 2017), including updates to STPs and Cancer Alliances

24/02/2017

Register of Geographic Codes (February 2017), including updates to STPs and Cancer Alliances

27/02/2017

ONS Postcode Directory (ONSPD) (February 2017)

27/02/2017

National Statistics Postcode Lookup (NSPL) (February 2017)

13/03/2017

National Statistics Address Lookup (NSAL) (March 2017)

Story Maps

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