Data licence

Re-use of our data

You may use data accessible through our API services and web portal, subject to the terms laid out in the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence, except for any third-party data sources listed as incompatible below. If you wish to use our data under a different licence, please contact us.

You may provide attribution in any form the licence permits, but we recommend linking to www.urbanobservatory.ac.uk and crediting the 'Urban Observatory at Newcastle University'.

If you are preparing academic work using our data, you can reference using the DOI information listed in this catalogue.

Restricted data

The data available to all users through our API and portal is not restricted data.

By law, we are required to protect some of the data we hold, such as the occupancy of offices allocated to a single individual, and high resolution CCTV imagery. To access protected data, please contact us for more information. Using the data is likely to require a combination of university ethics approval, data management plans, and an audit to comply with the Data Protection Act 2018.

Third-party data

In addition to our own sensor network, we archive and provide access to data obtained from third-party sources. Additional licensing constraints or attribution may be required if you use any of the following data sources.

The licence we have adopted (CC-BY) is compatible with data released under Open Government Licence, but you should acknowledge the original source of the information.

Get in touch

Call Jennine on 0191 208 8599

or email urbanobservatory@ncl.ac.uk with "Research" in the subject

Get in touch

email A.Puussaar2@newcastle.ac.uk with "Sense_my_street" in the subject

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