Finding geodata

Looking for data

The Discover catalogue allows you to search for data with a particular level of geography or spatial unit.

For example, to search for health data that is referenced to health authority regions:

  1. Search for 'health' in Discover.  Narrow the 'Type' to 'Data collections' and click 'Refine'.  You now have a range of characteristics, specific to data, to use to narrow your search.
  2. Select 'Spatial unit' to narrow your search by type of geography.  There are many spatial units to choose from and clicking 'Show more' gives you the full list.


  3. Select those geographies you are interested in and click OK.

Having located a data collection of interest, there are several elements of the catalogue record that present information on geography.

A section of an example catalogue record is shown in the image below, with the geography fields highlighted in the red box.

In this instance, the study has been georeferenced with five separate spatial units: Government Office Regions, Unitary Authorities (England), Local Authority Districts, NUTS-II Areas, NUTS-III Areas. NUTS are Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics.

The study was undertaken in the United Kingdom.


In some instances, further unstructured description of a data collections geospatial content may be found in the Abstract. For example, a description of the spatial units available under different access conditions.

Key data
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