Free data: data.gov.uk – thousands of datasets from the UK government

Data.gov.uk is the official portal that releases what the UK government deems of as open data.

The government is opening up its data for other people to re-use. This is only about non-personal, non-sensitive data – information like the list of schools, crime rates or the performance of your council.

At the time of writing it has nearly 20k published datasets available of various qualities and in various formats both pleasant and unpleasant  (xml, csv, pdf, html etc.)  surrounding the following list of topics:

  • Environment
  • Mapping
  • Government Spending
  • Society
  • Government
  • Towns & Cities
  • Health
  • Education
  • Transport
  • Business & Economy
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