[ddj] AIS ship tracking data

Peter Weenink petergeo at xs4all.nl
Tue Sep 5 17:38:48 UTC 2017

Hi Josh,

Free shipdata might be very difficult to get. Do also have a look at:


If you need any help II ‘ll try.

Cheerio, Peter Weenink
Working on: mapvision.eu

From: Joshua Howgego 
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 5:43 PM
To: List about Data Driven Journalism and Open Data in Journalism. 
Subject: [ddj] AIS ship tracking data

Hello all,

I'm an editor at New Scientist magazine in London. I'm enthusiastic about data journalism,but don't have a lot of experience.

At the moment, I am thinking about a story I have coming up about the shipping industry. I'd love to create a map that shows the locations of all the ships on the ocean at one specific (recent) point in time and classifies them according to class. Actually this interactive does exactly that https://www.shipmap.org/ But I'd like to make my own version so I can customise it.

But my main issue is finding the data!

There is lots of AIS data out there, but I'm struggling to find a comprehensive and free source.

I just wonder if anyone on the list has worked with shipping data has any advice (or even might be interested in working with me to develop something)?



Josh Howgego 
Science journalist

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