I have recently started experimenting with QGIS's flow mapping functionality. I am having trouble finding any origin/destination data online and I'm hoping someone can help?

It can be for anything. I just want to experiment with the functionality some more. I have used data from OpenFlights previously.

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Look at the recent PLOS paper by Hristova et al. (2016) 'The International Postal Network and Other Global Flows as Proxies for National Wellbeing'. They list several, global openly available datasets:

  1. World Trade Network available from the MIT Atlas Project (https://atlas.media.mit.edu/about/data/sources/)
  2. GlobalMigration Network available from the Global Migration Project (http://www.global-migration.info/)
  3. IP Traceroute Network available from the DIMES Project (http://www.netdimes.org/new/?q=node/65)
  4. Digital Communications Network available from the Mesh of Civilizations Project (https://sites.google.com/site/meshofcivilizations/density-measure)
  5. Flight Network data available from ICAO (http://www.icao.int/Pages/default.aspx)
  6. Postal Network data (available as a Supporting Information file)

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