Tools and resources for working with geospatial data

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Name Type Description Access
Digimap Data provider Online maps and spatial data of Great Britain. Institutional access via UK Federation
GBHGIS Database The Great Britain Historical Geographical Information System is a unique digital collection of information about Britain's localities as they have changed over time. Partial public access through Vision of Britain
GeoConvert Web-service GeoConvert is an online geography matching and conversion tool for UK academics. Institutional access via UK Federation
GeoNames Web-service A worldwide geographical database with a search function, browsable maps, and downloadable data files. Open access
OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) Web-service Google Refine is a power tool for working with messy data, cleaning it up, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and linking it to databases. It provides an extremely useful tool for cleaning up geographic variables. Open access
NSPL/ONSPD Lookup National Statistics Postcode Lookup (NSPL) and ONS Postcode Directory (ONSPD) Link all current and terminated UK postcodes to the administrative, health and other geographic areas in which the postcodes fall. Open access
ONS Names, codes and lookups Lookup Lookup tables to allow the aggregation of smaller units into larger units.  
ONS Open Geography Portal Data provider Free and open access to geographic products, tools and services produced by the Office for National Statistics Open access
OpenCalais - Refinitiv Developer Community Web-service OpenCalais is a toolkit for incorporating semantic web functionality into websites and applications. This includes a tool for extracting structured geographic metadata from text.  Open access
Pointer Lookup Address database for Northern Ireland. Commercial
UK Data Service census tools Data provider Boundary datasets and geographic look up tables for the United Kingdom. Institutional access via UK Federation
Unlock Places Web-service (with API) Unlock Places is a digital gazetteer service. Given a place name, it will return a geographic location and a suggested 'type' for the place. Open access
Unlock Text Web-service Unlock Text uses the Places gazetteer (see below) cross-search to make ranked best guesses as to the location of place-names in text. Open access

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