Most datasets on the Data Services Platform are accessible to all users, and can be downloaded by anyone under an Open Government Licence (or a similar licence that doesn’t restrict sharing).
Some other datasets, which cannot be shared widely (usually due to third-party rights restrictions), are only available for access by registered users, where possible.
You will be able to register for an account on the Data Services Platform if you or your organisation falls one of the following categories:
- Defra-body Staff
- Employees of Defra, its executive agencies, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, JNCC, Marine Management Organisation, Natural England and the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.
- Defra-body Contractor
- Organisations that are contracted to one of the above Defra bodies. Contractors will only be able to access restricted data for use on contracted projects, following approval by the Defra project manager.
- PSMA Member
- Organisations that are members of the Ordnance Survey’s Public Sector Mapping Agreement (excluding the Defra bodies). This includes local authorities and government departments. To check if an organisation is eligible, see here.
- Partner organisations that are helping the Defra bodies to deliver the Water Framework Directive or Catchment Based Approach projects (or similar co-delivery work); and Internal Drainage Boards. This will include rivers trusts, wildlife trusts, and water companies.