UK building classes
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Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2014-08-22
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Abstract

The Building Class data provides detailed information about residential housing types including the house age and structural type. This information can be used for urban regeneration studies, crime monitoring, urban flooding and urban gardens. These data were collected by The GeoInformation Group (TGG), primarily through interpretation of high-resolution aerial photography, as part of the Cities Revealed project. The data were subsequently acquired by the Landmap project. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) funded Landmap service which ran from 2001 to July 2014 collected and hosted a large amount of earth observation data for the majority of the UK, part of which was buildings data. After removal of JISC funding in 2013, the Landmap service is no longer operational, with the data now held at the NEODC.

When using these data please also add the following copyright statement: Cities Revealed © The GeoInformation Group yyyy

Citable as:  Landmap; The GeoInformation Group (2014): UK building classes. NERC Earth Observation Data Centre, date of citation. http://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/cf27c81e7f54c3701899017d1b810f81
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Previously used record identifiers:
http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/view/neodc.nerc.ac.uk__ATOM__ACTIVITY_c04941e6-29d2-11e4-98c5-00163e251233
Access rules:
Restricted data: please submit an application using the "REQUEST ACCESS" link for access.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: http://licences.ceda.ac.uk/image/data_access_condition/landmap.pdf. When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on this record.
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Data lineage:

Data collected and prepared by the Landmap team before a copy of the data was obtained by NEODC directly from Landmap.

File Format:
Data are available as shapefiles in 100x100km tiles. The location of the tiles can be determined by the key prodvided with the data. The shapefiles comprise of .shp, .shx and .dbf files.
  • shp - shape format; the feature geometry itself
  • shx - shape index format; a positional index of the feature geometry to allow seeking forwards and backwards quickly
  • dbf - attribute format; columnar attributes for each shape, in dBase IV format
Also provided are prj, sbn, sbx and xml files.
  • prj - projection format; the coordinate system and projection information, a plain text file describing the projection
  • sbn and sbx - a spatial index of the features
  • xml - location and other associated information
Free software can be used to open shapefiles, such as Quantum GIS (QGIS) or User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig)

The classifications found in the attribute table (dbf files) of the shapefiles can be identified using this building class reference sheet. There are 9 Age categories and 19 Type categories. Not all the Age/Type combinations are used, for example there are no Early and Middle Victorian very tall flats (point blocks) in the current edition of the classification (Version 6 September 2012). The current database for the UK does not contain Age categories 1 and 2 and only one type for Age 8. Also the type categories of Medium Height flats 5-6 storeys (3), Tall Terraces 3-4 storeys (5) and Very Large Detached Houses, Sometimes converted to flats (15) have been removed. These are all indicated by the DNU label in the classification sheet. More information can be found on in the The GeoInformation Group guide to the building class dataset (link here).

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Introduction

The Building Class data provides detailed information about residential housing types including the house age and structural type. This information can be used for urban regeneration studies, crime monitoring, urban flooding and urban gardens. These data were collected by The GeoInformation Group (TGG), primarily through interpretation of high-resolution aerial photography, as part of the Cities Revealed project. The data were subsequently acquired by the Landmap project.

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) funded Landmap service which ran from 2001 to July 2014 collected and hosted a large amount of earth observation data, such as thermal imagery, for the majority of the UK. After removal of JISC funding in 2013, the Landmap service is no longer operational, with the data now held at the NEODC.


Data availability and file format

Data are available as shapefiles in 100x100km tiles. The location of the tiles can be determined by the key prodvided with the data. The shapefiles comprise of .shp, .shx and .dbf files.

  • shp - shape format; the feature geometry itself
  • shx - shape index format; a positional index of the feature geometry to allow seeking forwards and backwards quickly
  • dbf - attribute format; columnar attributes for each shape, in dBase IV format

Also provided are prj, sbn, sbx and xml files.

  • prj - projection format; the coordinate system and projection information, a plain text file describing the projection
  • sbn and sbx - a spatial index of the features
  • xml - location and other associated information

Free software can be used to open shapefiles, such as Quantum GIS (QGIS) or User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig).

The classifications found in the attribute table (dbf files) of the shapefiles can be identified using this building class reference sheet. There are 9 Age categories and 19 Type categories. Not all the Age/Type combinations are used, for example there are no Early and Middle Victorian very tall flats (point blocks) in the current edition of the classification (Version 6 September 2012). The current database for the UK does not contain Age categories 1 and 2 and only one type for Age 8. Also the type categories of Medium Height flats 5-6 storeys (3), Tall Terraces 3-4 storeys (5) and Very Large Detached Houses, Sometimes converted to flats (15) have been removed. These are all indicated by the DNU label in the classification sheet. More information can be found on in the The GeoInformation Group guide to the building class dataset .


Software

Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig) is an open source (EPL and BSD) desktop application framework, built with Eclipse Rich Client (RCP) technology; that provides a Java solution for desktop GIS data access, editing, and viewing.

Documentation

Links to further information

  • The Landmap project building class website, this website may be offline after 1st August 2014 due to a withdrawal of JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) funding, see below for an archived version of the site
  • An archived version of the Landmap project building class site, hosted by the Internet Archive project
  • The GeoInformation Group (TGG) homepage

Who to contact

If you have queries about these pages or about obtaining the Landmap building class data from the NEODC then you should contact the NEODC Support team. Your query should be answered within one working day. When follow-up work is required, the NEODC support team will carry out the work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Process overview
This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.

Output Description
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Temporal Range
2012-01-01T00:00:00
2012-12-31T00:00:00
Geographic Extent

  58.6000°  
-10.7000°     1.7000°
  50.0000°  
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