Open data

The SPC uses open data for its research projects, and is proud to host ODI Hampshire, part of the Open Data Institute‘s worldwide network.

Open data underpins much of our work, a recent example of which is Widening Participation in Higher Education.

We also host and run events like Using data as a policy maker, and participate in events run by others, like the excellent DEFRA Datamash, which was held at Ordnance Survey’s Southampton HQ in June 2017.

We recently ran a workshop on behalf of the Open Data Institute which focused on the publishing of statistical data.  We will be writing-up the notes from the workshop over the next couple of weeks.

What data, where?

We are looking out for sources of open data which are ‘interesting’ and ‘useful’ locally.  We are also really keen to know more about how people are using open data, and what tools they are using.  Take a look at Data Signpost, and let us know if you want to suggest any others to add to the list. (N.B. Although the site address refers to Hampshire, many of the data sources cover a much wider area, so could be useful outside Hampshire).

Aerial photography

Thanks to Blom UK for the Digital Terrain Model photograph, which we’ve used as the featured image for this page. Blom provided aerial photography for the whole of Hampshire in 2013. The high resolution data, including images, height data and near infrared, were published as open data by the Hampshire Hub Partnership (via Hampshire County Council). The team at Geodata has since taken the data and created the Hampshire (aerial) Data Portal which lets you download custom datasets and explore the data in 3D.