Finding Research Data

As a scientist, you are very often faced with the challenge that the availability, findability and accessibility of research data is inadequate or non-existent. The reasons for this can be manifold: be it that they have not been published, that they are very difficult to find via search engines or that they are not available as freely available data. In the long term, the FID move would like to improve this situation together with the scientific community. To achieve this, we collect the available databases, analyze the data they contain, and work actively to ensure that it is as easy as possible to access and use of all the research data you need for your scientific work. That is why you will also find research data in our FID move portal. In addition, since May 2022, there is the FID move research data repository - a separate, subject-specific repository that is oriented towards the needs of the transport and mobility research community and will facilitate the acquisition and subsequent use of research data.


Further sources of data from mobility and transport research


Data Portals

Data from German Federal Authorities

Mobilithek : Under construction- merges data from mobility data marketplace (MDM) and mCLOUD- operated by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV).

Mobilitäts Daten Marktplatz (MDM): (Meta)data portal of the BMDV- is transferred to the Mobilithek (German language only).

mCLOUD: (Meta)data portal of the BMDV- is transferred to the Mobilithek (German language only).

TraVis: Transport volumes visualization of the BMDV.

GOVData : Central access point for federal, state, city and local government data (German language only).

Deutsche Geodaten: German geo data (German language only).

Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) : official figures and evaluations on German motor vehicles and their users (German language only).

Federal Statistical Office of Germany (DESTATIS) : Statistics.

Federal Logistics and Mobility Office: Statistics.

Arbeitsagentur: Statistics about the German labour market (German language only).

German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) : General data on the Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation.

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH): Maritime measurement data and simulation results.

Bundesamt für Wasserbau: Data from and about the German waterways.

Geodatenzentrum of the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (German language only).

Deutscher Wetterdienst: Atmospheric measurement data and results of simulations, provided by the German national weather service.

Luftfahrtbundesamts (LBA): Statistics of the German Federal Aviation Authority (German language only).

Umweltbundesamt (UBA): Data on the environmental situation in Germany.

Data of German States and Cities

Metadata portal für Data from Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania,Saarland, Saxony und Saxony-Anhalt: (German language only).

Geoportal Baden-Württemberg (German language only).

Open administrative data of municipalities of Bavaria

Open Geo Daten from the Bavarian Agency for Digitisation, High-Speed Internet and Surveying (German language only).

Open Data Berlin (German language only).

Geo Portal Berlin (German language only).

Open Data Bonn (German language only).

Transparency Portal Bremen (German language only)

Geo Portal Brandenburg

Transparency Portal Hamburg (German language only).

Open Geo Data Hannover

Open Data Köln (German language only).

Geo Portal Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (German language only).

Open Data Moers (German language only).

Geo Data Portal Lower Saxony (German language only).

OPen.NRW: Open Data platform of the North Rhine-Westphalia state government (German language only).

OpenGeoData NRW: Open geo data platform of North Rhine-Westphalia (German language only).

Geoportal NRW: Geo data portal of North Rhine-Westphalia (German language only).

Straßeninformationsbank Nordrhein-Westfalen (NWSIB): Road information data base of North Rhine-Westphalia (German language only).

Open-Government-Data-Portal Rheinland-Pfalz: Open government data from Rhineland-Palatinate (German language only).

Freie Daten und Dienste der Vermessungs- und Katasterverwaltung Rheinland-Pfalz Open data and Services of the Surveying and Cadastral Administration of Rhineland-Palatinate (German language only).

OpenData.HRO: Open data platform of Rostock (German language only).

Geoportal Sachsen: geo data portal Saxony (German language only).

Geoportal Sachsen-Anhalt: Deo data portal Saxony-Anhalt (German language only).

Schleswig-Holsteinisches Metainformationssystem: Data from Schleswig-Holstein (German language only).

Geodaten Schleswig-Holstein: Geodata from Schleswig-Holstein (German language only).

Offene Geodaten Thüringen: Open geodata Thuringia (German language only).

Datenportal Ulm: Data portal Ulm (German language only).

Further German Data

Clearing House of Transport Data at the Institute of Transport Research (DLR):  Statistics, empirical studies and mobility surveys on traffic patterns and mobility behavior, published by the DLR Institute for Transport Research.

ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH Mannheim: Data from ZEW company surveys or ZEW expert surveys.

Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development:  Databases as well as interactive applications in the fields of urban and spatial development as well as housing and construction.

SowiDataNet|datorium: GESIS research data repository for the social and economic sciences that enables researchers to easily and securely document, publish, and share quantitative primary and secondary data.   

Qualiservice: Research data center for qualitative social science research data.

Data from the EU

Official Portal for European Data: The official portal for European data.

INSPIRE Geoportal: European Union spatial data infrastructure.

ERADIS - European Railway Agency Database of Interoperability and Safety

Eurostat: Data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Eurobarometer: The polling instrument used by the European Commission, the European Parliament and other EU institutions and agencies.

EU transport in figures: Statistical pocketbooks published by the European Commission.

International Data

Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC): Informationen über fortschrittliche Verkehrstechnologien.

Center for the Management of Information for Safe and Sustainable Transportation (CMISST): Datenzentrum des University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMIST).

ETH Travel Data Archive (ETHTDA) : Datensätze des Instituts für Verkehrsplanung und Transportsysteme der ETH Zürich.

ICPSR: Datenarchiv der Universität Michigan (USA) für Forschungsdaten aus den Sozial- und Verhaltensforschung.

London Datastore: Daten der Greater London Authority (GLA).

MONITOR Luftverkehrsdatenbank: wurde im Rahmen des EU-Projekts MONITOR (Monitoring System of the Development of Global Aviation) entwickelt. Enthält statistische Auswertungen zur langfristigen und globalen Luftverkehrsentwicklung.

National Transportation Library's (NTL) Repository and Open Science Access Portal (ROSA P): Forschungsergebnisse und Ressourcen zu allen Verkehrsträgern und verwandten Disziplinen, wobei der Schwerpunkt auf Forschung, Daten, Statistiken und Informationen liegt, die vom US-Verkehrsministerium (US DOT), den staatlichen Verkehrsministerien und anderen Verkehrsorganisationen erstellt werden.

NHTS Data Center : nationale Daten über das Reiseverhalten der Bevölkerung der USA.

Open-Data-Plattform Mobilität Schweiz

Open Government Data Österreich

Open Government Data der Stadt Wien

TInnGO (Transport Innovation Gender Observatory) Open Data Repository (T-ODR): Globales Repositorium für geschlechtsspezifische Datenkollektionen aus dem Transportsektor.

OpenSenseMap: Internationale Umweltdaten

U.S. Government’s open data

Map Services



Search Engines

DataCite Commons  Search for datasets with a DataCite DOI.

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) Search engine for scientific web documents.

Google Dataset Search Google's search engine for datasets.

Lists or maps that link to web pages with data

Open Geodata Germany

Open Geodata Germany: List with webpages for open geo data for Germany 

Open Data Portal

Open Data Portal: Interactive map

Data Journals

Scientific Data

Scientific Data: peer-reviewed, open-access journal for descriptions of datasets, and research that advances the sharing and reuse of scientific data.


Data: a unique international, scientific open access journal on ʻdata in scienceʼ.


If you know of other sources for research data from mobility and transport research, we would be pleased if you could send them to us by email. Please also let us know for which research data relevant to you the procurement is problematic.



If you have any questions about searching for research data, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us by email at or by phone at +49 511 762-14140.