Whether you are looking for data, guidance on how to deal with data, or inspiration for combining data, welcome to the datahub website! We link you to a selection of open access materials developed at ITM and elsewhere which you can use for research and training. Thematically, we focus on how human populations are affected by and respond to health challenges.


We have selected these datasets and platforms based on our interdisciplinary work in global public health. Together they form a network for you to use in your interdisciplinary research or training initiatives.

City in Numbers Antwerp

City in Numbers / Stad in Cijfers is an open dataplatform making data of the city of Antwerp accesible to everyone interested. It holds data on mobility, urban green, demography and bascially anything that you can quantify in the city.

We like it because it holds loads of data on health care and health.

- Geography: Belgium, Flanders
- Themes: built, social, spatial, natural, demography, … 
- Provider: Governmental

Geopunt Flanders

Geopunt is a (GIS-)database covering Flanders (Belgium) that geographically visualises a wide range of governmental data. The portal includes layers on, among other, demography, health facilities and services, cadastral data, information on the built and natural environment and it holds historic cartographies.  

We like it because you can use it on your smartphone whilst doing fieldwork, and it holds a plug-in on QGIS and ArcGIS.

Introductory video to the dataplatform

- Geography: Belgium, Flanders
- Themes: built, social, spatial, natural, …
- Provider: Governmental

Climate Portal VMM Flanders

The VMM Climate Portal is an open access database mapping the consequences of climate change in Flanders. That is: more heat waves, more and more severe storms, drier summers, wetter winters and a rising sea level. The portal includes sets of (health) indicators, maps and general datasets on fluvial and pluvial flooding, heat stress, drought and rising sea levels and their impact on public (health) facilities. The datasets are projected following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scenarios for 2030, 2050 and 2100.  

We like it because you can use all localised content on climate change in your GIS work, which is ideal to conceive and operationalise climate change adaptation strategies.

Introductory video on the dataplatform

- Geography: Belgium, Flanders
- Themes: flooding, heat stress, drought, sea level rise
- Provider: Governmental


Gapminder is an independent organisation that facilitates access to public data. They identify common misconceptions and use reliable data to transform our views. Gapminder is well known for their beautiful, interactive, and flexible data visualisation tools. They also offer a large set of short and very didactic videos. We like Gapminder because of their transparent, clear, and extensive description of the data sources and data processing methods. All data can be easily downloaded here.

Gapminder-style video about monitoring progress in sustainable development goals

- Geography: world
- Themes: health, social, demographic, economic, built, environment, sustainable development goals…
- Provider: independent non-profit organisation

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

This platform gives access to the global burden of disease data and other key health metrics. In addition to the data, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation offers interactive visualisation tools and clear explanations of their data sources and data-related practices. We also like the training materials for policymakers and for researchers in population health and health metrics research. And they give a selection of the data sites they love.

Video about the global burden of disease data

- Geography: world
- Themes: health, burden of disease, health risks and issues
- Provider: independent research centre at the University of Washington