We are committed to making the information we hold available to the public, wherever possible. We are working on an Open Data Publication Plan, in line with the Scottish Government's Open Data Strategy.

Open Data is data that can be used and shared by anyone, for any purpose, without restriction and for free. Open Data is not commercially sensitive and contains no personal information which could be used to identify individuals. For published data to be truly "open" it should be available online, in a machine-readable format and easily discoverable through the use of relevant metadata.

This links to our obligations under the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009 to publish spatial data (data that can be mapped). The Improvement Service, on behalf of Scottish local authorities, has launched the Spatial Hub, a single point of access to Scottish local authority spatial data. Spatial Hub takes datasets submitted by individual local authorities, standardises the format and publishes these as a national dataset.

The Spatial Hub launched in June 2016 with an initial 12 datasets. These are:

  • Green Belt Areas
  • Vacant and Derelict Land
  • Paths and Core Paths
  • Local Nature Reserves
  • Housing Land Supply
  • Local Nature Conservation Sites
  • Community Council Boundaries
  • Local Landscape Designation
  • School Catchments
  • Contaminated Land
  • Town Centres Air Quality Management Areas

More datasets will be added over time.