Administrative Boundaries 100% open

Great Britain

What data is expected?

Data on administrative units or areas defined for the purpose of administration by a (local) government. See our methodology section for more information.

  • Boundary level 1
  • Boundary level 2
  • Coordinates (latitude, longitude)
  • Name of poligone (department, region, city)
  • Borders of poligone

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes
In an open and machine-readable format DBF, KML, SHP, SHX OS Boundary-Line is available as Esri Shapefile and MapInfo TAB. ONS boundaries are available as Shapefile and KML.
Downloadable at once Yes
Up-to-date Yes Data is updated at least annually though in practice there are not always changes between updates.
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 4
findable_steps No steps. I am a user of these datasets and have been aware of the locations since they became available. Boundary-Line is easily discoverable via a UK search for "administrative boundaries" in Google. The ONS Geography site is new and does not yet have good SEO, so is less easily discoverable.
licence_url Link provided is for Boundary-Line. Licensing information for ONS boundary datasets is here: All are subject to the Open Government Licence.
Collected by government Yes
usability 3 The data is as easy to use as I would normally expect for data in these formats, bearing in mind that this is GIS data so some knowledge of relevant software is necessary.
collector_name Ordnance Survey and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) This response is in respect of Great Britain only.
characteristics Boundary level 1, Boundary level 2, Coordinates (latitude, longitude), Name of poligone (department, region, city), Borders of poligone
location - Boundary-Line (Ordnance Survey), - Administrative Boundaries (ONS Geography)

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Data location - Boundary-Line (Ordnance Survey) - Administrative Boundaries (ONS Geography)
Data licence
Data format   DBF, KML, SHP, SHX
Reviewer   Michael Leow
Submitters   Owen Boswarva
Last modified   Mon Dec 05 2016 20:21:41 GMT+0000 (UTC)