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Open data

Open data  is 'data that anyone is free to access, modify, and share for any purpose - subject, at most, to measures that preserve provenance and openness'. 

We collect and process scientific data in a wide range of areas. We also provide tools and mechansims to enable others to make their data freely available.

We currently publish more than 1,300 open datasets through We make other datasets available on on our website and contribute data to external portals such as the NBN Atlas and OSPAR. We are also a supporting member of the Open Data Institute.

Our policy

In May 2018 we published our Open Data Policy. This was written for staff but we have released it under the Open Government Licence so that other organisations can adapt it for their own use. 

We have also released an inventory of data assets that we hold or maintain. The inventory is not limited to datasets published as open data.

Our statement on open data  

JNCC aspires to be a pioneer, innovator and inspiration to others within the open data community by both internal action and, on behalf of the statutory nature conservation bodies, by actively engaging with existing and potential users to encourage, support and maximise re-use of its data. JNCC will publish an open data policy in 2018 and adopt recognised tools such as the Open Data Maturity Model, ODI Certificates, and the 5 Stars of Openness to improve the quality and accessibility of its data.

By 2020 JNCC will release all its data at the level of detail originally captured, under the terms of an open licence, except where there are legitimate reasons not to publish. All data collected under partnership will be released (possibly at a reduced level of detail) within two years, and fully open within five years. Environmentally sensitive data will be made openly available to the same timescales at the highest level of detail consistent with the avoidance of harm. In parallel, JNCC will work to significantly reduce its reliance on non-open data.

Data requests

Some JNCC datasets listed on, such as large video survey files, are not currently available online due to their size. if you require a copy of any of these datasets, or have any other queries about the availability our data, please email: 




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