Urban Big Data

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Social & Political Sciences

Abstract

The proposed UBDRC will bring together an internationally outstanding combination of researchers, data resources and engaged local and national stakeholders to establish a unique linked data resource based in the University of Glasgow (UoG). Through extensive partnerships with other key academic institutions, data-owning organizations, and other scientific, governmental, third sector and business organizations, the UBDRC will: (i) establish a world leading facility to create an multi-sectoral urban linked data resource from local government authorities and business owners in Glasgow; (ii) provide outstanding training and research support services to ensure wide exploitation of the data; and (iii) deliver a strategic approach to knowledge transfer and training to build capacity and engage with policy, business, and the wider public. The UBDRC will provide a unique facility for researching cross-cutting urban issues and complex urban challenges by enabling access to multi-sectoral linked data from local government, business and other sources. This vision will be achieved by: (1) Data Services: UBDRC will focus on bringing together myriad of datasets many of which are unique and hard to obtain, from multiple urban sectors to create a linked urban data resource that allows comprehensive and cross-sectoral research. The centre will provide data curation services and the necessary metadata and provide a range of data access services to users, including, where necessary, secure access to confidential data. (2) Methods and social science research: UBDRC will develop, test and evaluate a wide range of methodological approaches including urban and regional modeling, agent-based models, machine learning and other methods and will support research leading to new cross-cutting theoretical insights, hypotheses and understanding of urban systems, thereby stimulating foundational research on new models of urban behaviour, processes and service provision. The data resource will be used to develop spatially-indexed (and perhaps temporally-indexed) urban indicators on myriad aspects describing the quality and character of urban spaces, and the spatial distribution of the urban processes, eg, on environmental risks, mobility and accessibility patterns, housing and educational aspects, and other aspects that desribe the socio-demographic, economic, environmental, built environment, physical and other aspects of urban areas.. The data would further allow policy research on a wide range of urban sectors and the derivation of a multitude of approaches for urban governance and business development. Additionally, new insights may be derived for capacity-building, innovations and learning strategies to better equip citizens to meet a diversity of challenges in cities of the future. (3) Knowledge Exchange, Outreach and Public Engagement: The UBDRC will be an important node in a growing network of UK-wide and international initiatives on cities. The networks include: international centres on urban research and cities, international research Networks, and networks of governmental, private, non-profit and other organizations.
The UBDRC will undertake a research programme to advance the state-of-the-art of methods related to the use of the data resource, as well as an applied urban research stream to demonstrate the use of the linked urban Big Data resource and to derive understanding towards theory, planning and policy. Research Group 1: Methods Research: A series of computational, data management, statistical, and urban analytics projects will be undertaken to make the data more easily accessible and usable. Group 2: Urban Research Projects (URPs): Research projects on substantive urban issues such as transport, housing, migration and education will demonstrate to data owners and policy makers the value of large-scale, cross-sectoral data linkage and lead to policy insights for public, private and non-profit decision-makers.

Planned Impact

Who will benefit from the work of the centre?
The research conducted or facilitated by the UBDRC will have an impact on a range of non-academic groups, including local and national government, other public bodies, businesses, voluntary sector organisations, civic groups and the wider public. Some will benefit as data owners facing fewer burdens in data sharing in future. A much wider group will benefit from the substantive research conducted through the UBDRC as we aim to facilitate research on cross-cutting urban issues, as well as more methodological research. We aim to have an impact on economic competitiveness, on social welfare and well-being, and on the efficiency of public services and policy interventions. Training and capacity building activities will also be accessible to non-academic groups

How will they benefit from the work of the centre?

1. Data owners
There is some scope for the UBDRC to reduce the burden of requests on data owners by providing a first point-of-call and expert guidance on data availability and quality. Having established a relationship with the UBDRC, data owners will be able to provide access to data through us using standard protocols and procedures, knowing the facility safeguards their interests. This in turn makes it easier for research commissioners to formulate and commission research ideas, since they will have greater certainty over what is available and how long it will take to access it. Time and cost savings will be realised, but we also hope new research ideas will be formed that, hitherto, did not seem feasible.

2. Policy makers in local government, national government and voluntary sector
A wide range of actors in local government could benefit from the increased understanding of diverse social and economic processes, and of the impacts of their policies and interventions. There could be benefits for service delivery. Research may stimulate horizontal discussions within partnership organisation such as Community Planning Partnerships due to enhanced awareness of the inter-relationships between services. Vertical discussions may be stimulated with national government bodies (Scottish Government or UK level e.g. DWP) or with civic of voluntary organisations representing particular service-user groups.

3. Researchers and research organisations
We will offer advanced training in the methods necessary to access and analyse the linked data. A wide range of researchers in public, voluntary and business sectors may benefit, both directly from the skills developed and indirectly through their enhanced capacity to use the facility to address research issues which matter to them.

4. Businesses
Businesses may benefit from more effective policies and investments to support their activities: in land preparation or land release; in transport investment; in skills development and training.

5. The wider public
The wider public may benefit in diverse ways. More efficient or competitive businesses or public services may impact directly employment opportunities or social welfare. A better understanding of the impacts of particular services - or the costs of withdrawing them - may help certain groups defend services of particular importance to them. In particular, we would expect that research into distributional issues would tend to provide insights which enable less powerful groups to represent their interests.

Organisations

Publications

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Sun Y (2017) EXPLORING POTENTIAL OF CROWDSOURCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION IN STUDIES OF ACTIVE TRAVEL AND HEALTH: STRAVA DATA AND CYCLING BEHAVIOUR in ISPRS - International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences

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Zhang X (2018) Exploring Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Urban Fires: A Case of Nanjing, China in ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

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Fotheringham A (2015) Exploring, modelling and predicting spatiotemporal variations in house prices in The Annals of Regional Science

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Bowman A (2019) Graphics for uncertainty in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)

 
Title 3D Data Sculptures of Segregation in Rotherham and Sheffield 
Description A series of 3D data sculptures designed to help stakeholders engage with complex data on segregation in a tactile and interactive way. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The sculptures have proved to be a valuable stimulus for discussion, ideas, teaching, etc. We have exhibited the sculptures at various events including community engagement events and public lectures. The sculptures help stimulate discussion which led to UBDC researchers being invited to talk about our research to senior members of Rotherham Council. 
URL http://www.imaginecommunity.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Imagine-Rotherham-Event-2017-Report-Fi...
 
Title Adventures in design and data - 3D visualisations of iMCD data 
Description A team of psychologists in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow used Urban Big Data Centre data from the integrated Multimedia City Data Project (iMCD) to analyse and visualise literacy inequalities in Glasgow. Dr Kate Reid - working with fellow psychologist and UBDC alumni Dr Catherine Lido and student interns Michaella Drummond and Stefi Hahn - undertook research in the area of 'Lifewide Literacies' (e.g. health, environmental, financial and digital literacies), and created a series of 3D artefacts and exhibition pieces from the data, bringing them to several science fairs, including one held at Ikea in Glasgow. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Both the researchers and the UBDC team were delighted with the interest and discussions had, with a new audience generated, in the most part, from the highly tactile objects which enabled them to tell the story of their research. We now have objects that can be used across different public engagement contexts, both formally at public engagement 'badged' events and also more informally, within communities including schools and colleges. We have also reflected on opportunities to incorporate good design and visual interest within our academic outputs such as poster presentations for academic audiences. The use of infographics and data visualisations, supported by platforms such as Piktochart, are improving the quality of our academic conversations including knowledge exchange. 
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news/2017/november/adventures-in-design-and-data-how-good-design-took-big-data-to-...
 
Title Datascape of Movement Patterns in Glasgow 
Description The Urban Big Data Centre's integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project has produced innovative primary data sources about Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, in combinations which have never before been collected. To demonstrate the potential of the project's GPS sensor data strand, the Datascape Visualisation illustrates a 'typical week' of movement in Glasgow's city centre. The patterns are shown using day of the week and a time period (early morning, mid-morning, etc.). In blue and pink you can also see how men and women move around the city in different ways and utilise different locations at different times. This data visualisation was created by the Glasgow School of Art's Digital Design Studio on behalf of the Urban Big Data Centre. Sources in addition to the iMCD project data include Lidar data from 'blue sky' and satellite imagery from EU Spacing Imaging. This work was created as part of the 13th Annual Festival of Social Science, which took place from 7-14 November 2015. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact This was an early demonstrator of the type of visualisation that can be created using UBDC iMCD data. It has been used in numerous presentations since, generating interest in working with UBDC. 
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/blog/2015/november/movement-patterns-in-glasgow/
 
Description UBDC's major achievement has been developing new ways to understand how cities function using big data. We have addressed issues around transport, education and housing, looking at problems of social inequality, environmental sustainability and economic productivity, as well as offering innovation through the development of new methods. We have contributed to the science of data management, informing standards and data interoperability.

Urban Informatics and new data-intensive approaches to understanding cities
Urban Informatics is a cross-cutting theme in UBDC, in which UBDC has played an internationally leading role. We found that new forms of data are being used to understand trends and patterns in cities, thereby raising significant technological, methodological, and epistemological challenges as well as concerns over the political economy and power structure associated with big data (Thakuriah, et al, 2017). The developments in technologically-enabled service provision have led to concerns about privacy, highlighting the need for greater legislation and fair privacy principles, privacy-enhancing technologies, as well as consumer awareness and literacy around their rights and responsibilities (Cottrill and Thakuriah, 2015; Sila-Nowicka and Thakuriah, 2017). In an era of big data, predictive analytics and AI, Thakuriah et al (2017) show how non-traditional "digital infomediaries" have become involved in city management and in provision of city services.
We have conducted analyses to check the validity or veracity of key datasets held by UBDC which capture hard-to-study aspects of urban life such as cycling or private rental housing. Results provide strong support for the use of these data in a wide range of applications (Hong et a. 2017; Bailey et al 2019). Methodological advancements have been in models with spatial dependencies (Fingleton, et al, 2016), topic modelling of social media data (Jose, et al, 2016; Chane, et al, 2017), and understanding social and healthy mobility behaviours from wearable sensors (Wang et al, 2017; Sila-Nowicka, et al, 2016; Chowdhury, et al, 2016).

Understanding the economic and social aspects of places
UBDC researchers have highlighted policy-critical patterns across urban sectors. For example, our research show that lifelong literacies (health, financial, eco and digital) are strongly associated with health and well-being, and that sense of belonging to a local area and feeling safe walking at night are predictors of adult learning engagement and general health. Crime reduction programmes can improve the use of bicycle-sharing systems (Sun et al 2017) and may also help 'last-mile' problems in public transport (Tilahun, et al, 2016). Hong, et al (2018) found that investment in cycling infrastructure does promote cycling although there is a need to simultaneously improve air pollution levels (Sun, et al, 2017).
Inequalities, social exclusion and deprivation
A major contribution of UBDC's research has been to demonstrate how novel data provide new ways to study urban inequality, exclusion and deprivation. Harris (2017) showed that White British children in England are more residentially segregated from six other ethnic groups but that, in comparison with earlier studies, there is a decreasing trend of segregation overall. Sun and Thakuriah (under review) show that 1.75 million people in England and Wales are at serious risk of 'transport poverty' (low incomes, low car ownership, poor quality public transport). In more deprived areas with higher crime rates but with mistrust of law enforcement, we found how hazardous events were reported in social media but not to law enforcement (Davide-Paule, et al, 2018), implying there is a need for new norms in urban governance which better address underreporting.

Digital society, digitalisation of our work and daily lives
Our work showed how high levels of digitalisation of everyday lives have significant effects on social and economic behaviours. For millennials, using the Internet while traveling is positively associated with travel demand and the intention to purchase a car in the near future (Hong, et al, 2017). Young adults who had sustained high levels of Internet use from adolescence were more likely to form pro-environmental attitudes, and more sustainable mobility behaviours and lifestyles (Wu, et al, 2017). Advanced mobile technologies enable people to participate in more activities and hence more trips, rather than substituting for travel (Hong and Thakuriah, 2018).
Exploitation Route Future work could build on our research and data service efforts to date in a vast number of ways. Our efforts to compile, curate, document, validate and make accessible these data have rendered them usable for an enormous range of applications. Studies are also able to build on the insights we have generated in fields such as transport, housing and education.
Our methodological developments can be taken up to support a wide range of future studies. Innovations in relation to social media data render those sources of much greater value for spatial applications and analyses. The techniques for processing image data to extract information on social contact and movement provide the basis for further studies on those topics which are so important for healthy ageing. Our pioneering work on developing urban big data infrastructure can be built on by urban analysts to develop a new science of cities, while work on trusted smart statistics opens up wide-ranging possibilities across a huge range of areas.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Retail,Transport

URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/research/ubdc-staff-publications/
 
Description In its first phase from Jan 2014 to Jan 2020, UBDC is funded as a national, research-led data service promoting the use of innovative methods and complex urban data to address global city challenges. From Jan 2019 onwards, UBDC is also funded as a research centre but activities from that phase will be reported on separately. As a data service, we achieved impact outcomes under each of the three categories: instrumental, conceptual and capacity building. Instrumental and conceptual impacts in this case come both from our own research and from the research we have enabled non-academic organisations to conduct through provision of data and related services. We record the different forms of impact here under the thematic areas of work. Transport Instrumental impacts have flowed through our successful negotiation of a licence for data from the cycling app, Strava. Our own research on cycling and active travel has demonstrated the validity of the Strava data for capturing city-wide cycling patterns. From this, we have used it to evaluate the impacts of cycling infrastructure investment, providing feedback to the local authority on this. A number of local and regional authorities are using Strava data to facilitate planning activities, including: Nestrans, the Transport Partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire and South Tyneside Council. Commercial organisations such as multinational planning companies Sweco and Arup have used this data in their work with local authorities to validate infrastructural investment decisions. ESRI (the publisher of leading GIS platform ArcGIS) has used the same data to develop and demonstrate its visualisation functionality. The same data have been used by third sector organsations interested in cycling and active travel including Cycling Scotland and Sustrans, to support research and campaigning efforts. We have developed innovative methods for processing geospatial data in ways which protect individual privacy while preserving valuable detail or information. These have major industrial impact through our collaboration under the Innovate UK-funded Catch! project. This led to our processing framework being used by an SME, TravelAi, as they roll out their new journey planning app. The app captures valuable data about travel demand in a local area through the provision of the journey planning service. That data, appropriately anonymised, is then available to local authorities to inform decisions about transport services, infrastructure and housing, or initiatives for health and quality of life. Several authorities are already using the data including: Ipswich to examine impact of school run on air quality; Oxfordshire to assess impacts of a new housing development on travel demand; Newcastle to support an active travel initiative; Transport for West Midlands to assess whether the data could supplement or replace existing sources. We are now planning a collaboration with Strava to see how the research value of their data products could be enhanced while still protecting privacy. We have achieved significant capacity building impact through participation by a wide range of organisations and individuals in data challenge and hackday events administered internally by UBDC as well as in partnership with ONS and Alan Turing Institute, and as part of ProductForge's Public Health hackathon (in collaboration with NHS). UBDC's own Active Travel Data Challenge and Demo Day brought in c.40 people from activist, third sector, academic, government and commercial backgrounds and this has led to several partnership projects, including those referred to here. Housing UBDC has developed a number of valued data collections on current and historic property listings (Zoopla), property sales data (Registers of Scotland), private landlord registrations (Scottish local authorities), for example. Our own research has provided significant validation of the Zoopla dataset as a means to study private rented housing, and we have supported further validation work by ONS. We have shown that the data captured by the private landlord registration system in Scotland also provides an excellent representation of the sector. We have lobbied Scottish Government to make this data publicly available and we believe they are about to do so with potentially widespread impacts. We have over 60 licensed external users of these data within this period, and we have produced several additional derived open datasets. Among the most prominent external users of these data has been ONS, who have been using Zoopla data provided by UBDC in several feasibility studies, to estimate types of properties in local areas to guide planning of fieldwork for the Census 2021, and to chart local trends in rental markets, a major data gap at present. This has generated wider enthusiasm for the data, including from the Department of Communities and Local Government who have sublicensed the Zoopla data to support real time tracking of housing market information and explore methods for matching the data to other administrative datasets. Also linked to government, the Zoopla data is being used by a consortium of organisations commissioned by the Scottish Government and led by the Carnegie UK Trust, and also includes Scotland's Towns Partnership (STP), the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and the University of Stirling to create a locality-level house price indicator as part of the Understanding Scottish Places platform (USP, http://www.usp.scot). USP is used for non-commercial research purposes, primarily by local authorities, public servants and planning consultants. External academic research using the Zoopla data has explored the impact of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax reform; sought to evaluate the impact of windfarms on nearby house prices. Through an internship programme and a collaborative PhD, we have built a partnership with the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) around work on private renting. We have developed a framework to analyse the impacts of recent legislative changes and are now implementing that. Scotland has implemented a major reform for the tenure, reintroducing security of tenure. The comparison with England where arrangements are unchanged provides a stong natural experiment. The potential impacts of this are international. Education UBDC's integrated Multimedia City Data Project (iMCD) has stimulated an analysis of lifelong learning within the city of Glasgow including an analysis and visualisation of literacy inequalities and 'Lifewide Literacies' (e.g. health, environmental, financial and digital literacies) in Glasgow, which has been presented in public events such as Glasgow Science Festival Science Sunday and the ESRC Festival of Social Science event at Ikea, with literacy objects. The work related to these objects enabled us to reach out to design partners - MakLab and, more recently, Creative Stirling - in order to start conversations between designers and researchers. Health and Social Care UBDC's work has enabled the Glasgow Centre for Population Health's development of profiles to support planning and prioritisation of children's health, social and education services in Glasgow. UBDC developed indicators of child proximity to outdoor play areas and parks, emphasising the importance of children's access to greenspace and play space, and emphasising differences in quality of access across the city. Other successes have included research and provision of open linked data with Glasgow City Council in examining how to predict and prevent outdoor falls among the elderly, and providing data for a research programme linked to an NHS social care programme on sedentary behaviour and health. We currently have research projects with high potential for social impact in progress through our secure data lab and data sourcing services, including investigations into integration of Renfrewshire Council's social care and healthcare provisions; examination of the effects of lead-related fuel regulations on child health; accessibility of new hospital provision for various populations in Scotland, and usage of the recently implemented Scottish Welfare Fund. Data standards and smart statistics UBDC continues to exert influence on the development of standards around data management and urban quality of life indicators. We actively participate in the Research Data Alliance Interest Group on Urban Quality of Urban Life and in a national context we have established close working relationships with BSI, the UK Standards body. The impact of data standards in the future will be to underpin national and international efforts to share and use data with reduced barriers and costs to engagement. BSI are sponsoring a collaborative PhD to continue this work. The Centre has also made considerable progress in engaging with a range of national and international statistics organisations including ONS, Statistics Netherlands and EuroStat, establishing UBDC, quite uniquely, within an international effort to explore means and methods for developing trusted smart statistics. This has involved close participation with national bodies, involving data sharing, participation in data hackday activities, establishing staff fellowship opportunities and establishing a presence at key events. This ultimately led to an invitation from EuroStat to deliver a day of training on methods associated with the development of smart statistics and a lecture to key European senior policymakers. Training and Capacity Building Our training and capacity-building programmes have been attended by academic researchers, industry analysts and a range of government agencies and public service providers. UBDC training courses have been attended by more than 400 people to date. UBDC has conducted training and conveyed the essentials as well as more advanced knowledge on statistical programming and data analytics, Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis, visualisation, and more specialist topics such as Measuring Segregation and Scale in R, "Beyond Excel": PostgreSQL for Data Management, New Mobility Perspectives in the era of Wearable Sensors. In the context of training, some key groups which have benefitted are small businesses around Glasgow such as Urban Tide, the Wheatley group, as well as devolved government agencies such as Transport Scotland, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), NHS-Scotland and other national and local government agencies and associations. Promoting our Impact One key activity we undertook in 2017 was to publish via our website a series of blogs written by our researchers to communicate the impact of our work to public policy leaders, academics, industry and members of the public. The strategy behind this major campaign was to highlight in simple language - and with liberal use of visualisations and references - our key contributions relating to Industrial Strategy, Internationalisation, Policy focus, and last but not least, our Research Innovations and Findings. Examples of blogs include "Analysing the potential for more cycling in Scotland", "Educational Trajectories and Place-Based Disadvantage: Looking Deeper and Wider", "Supporting independent living by preventing falls", "How many landlords are there in Scotland?", "Students' digital practices in post-digital environments", "Visualising People's Access to Transport in UK Cities", and "Invisible Fissures in the Glasgow Housing Market: Finding a neighbourhood that feels like home". We also produced case studies to highlight the impact from external uses of our data services. Examples were "Older people and sedentary behaviour" and "Using weather data to understand usage of Glasgow's cycle hire scheme".
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Retail,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description "Beyond Excel": PostgreSQL for Data Management
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The purpose of this half-day training course was to aid data analysts working with very large datasets that would be difficult to analyse using spreadsheet applications such as Excel. The course was delivered by UBDC's Scientific Officer Rod Walpole who demonstrated how to conduct basic database operations using PostgreSQL, an open-source system capable of handling 'Big' Data (datasets with hundreds of millions of rows and individual tables of multiple TB in size), and the common data types for working at that scale. The course was attended by information analysts and data researchers from academia as well as public and private sector organisations.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/beyond-exce...
 
Description Accessing the UBDC's Data Service
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This was a training course that demonstrated how to use the Urban Big Data Centre's national data service for support on using urban data in research and accessing UDBC's open, licensed and controlled data. The course was attended by people from local authorities, charitable organisations, private businesses and university researchers and students. The impact was evidenced through increased numbers of applicants to UBDC's data service and the support and advice sought during the training session.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-services/
 
Description An Introduction to Python - Richard Skeggs, BLG DRC
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact An Introduction to Python provided an opportunity for hands-on experience with Python as a programming language and to learn how it can be effectively used for data processing including big data. Pre-requisite knowledge: This is an introductory level course aimed at anyone who has an interest in using Python. Some basic programming background (enough to understand logic of programming) would however be helpful but is not required. Please contact Keith Maynard for any clarification prior to booking. Course summary: Python is an interpreted high-level programming language for general-purpose programming. Python has a design philosophy that emphasizes code readability, and a syntax that allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code, notably using significant whitespace. It provides constructs that enable clear programming on both small and large scales. This course will introduce you to Python. The course will cover the basic structure and overview of the programming language and the data types that you will be able to use within the language. Course Outcomes: In this one day course delegates will learn about programming possibilities using Python. Starting with a one hour seminar the day will continue with two hands-on exercise sessions enabling you to apply the tools and techniques. The day will end with a 15-30 minute brainstorming session and discussion to help you think about applying what you have learnt to your own work.
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2018/an-introduction-to-p...
 
Description Big Data and Internet of Things - Association of Accounting Technicians
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact UBDC researcher Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka was invited to deliver this workshop to the Association of Accounting Technicians in February 2017. About 25 people attended.
 
Description Collecting and Storing Data from Internet-based Sources
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Contribution to guidance and interventions to support older people to sit less
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact In early 2016, Richard Shaw of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit approached UBDC for help with a research project contrasting the relationships between sedentary behaviour measures on the one hand and neighbourhood measures on the other: The Seniors USP (Understanding Sedentary Patterns) project, funded by the UK Medical Research Council as part of the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Initiative, and led by Prof Dawn Skelton of Glasgow Caledonian University. While they had a number of established datasets to call on, UBDC was able to supply useful green space data, from our SUDS urban indicators programme. This project has since made several significant contributions to the scientific literature, and guidance and intervention materials based on their findings, including the peer reviewed paper 'The Influence of Neighbourhoods and the Social Environment on Sedentary Behaviour in Older Adults in Three Prospective Cohorts' in IJERPH. The research team will, with the assistance of the Economic and Social Research Council in collaboration with Paths for All, translate the results from Seniors USP into new guidance and interventions to support older people to sit less, covering: - Developing sedentary behaviour information resources (e.g. a top tips cue card). - Developing and piloting training materials on reducing sedentary behaviour for integration into existing Paths for All walk-leader training courses. - Describing the key components and delivery mechanism of a future intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in older adults. - There is a briefing sheet on Intervening on Sedentary Behaviour in Older Adults: From Results to Practice (PDF 4MB), from this Paths for All work. In addition to the published research paper described here, which had the support of UBDC, there are other contributions to the literature available (on BMJ Journals Volume 7, Issue 6 and BMJ Journals Volume 7, Issue 4) from Seniors USP. The team also held a webinar for researchers interested in their methods, called A Recipe for Success: Exploring the ingredients of successful data collection of objective sedentary behaviour in large scale cohort on 20th September 2017, from which a recording is available.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/impact/case-studies/older-people-and-sedentary-behaviour-what-s-the-connection-wit...
 
Description DWP/ESRC consultation meeting on Work, Health and Disability Green Paper
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/work-health-and-disability-improving-lives
 
Description Evaluation of Glasgows public cycle hire scheme
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact This report, 'Glasgow's public cycle hire scheme: analysis of usage between 2014 & 2016', was published in March 2017 has been read by Glasgow bike scheme managers and praised for its insight and they say it will help with future planning. The data prepared by UBDC for this evaluation has been made available as a separate slice in UBDC's Open Data Collection, to enable others to use it. This mutually beneficial collaboration is something the UBDC will repeat in future with the GCPH; one item in the pipeline is on the use of our urban indicators data to investigate children's access to greenspace in Glasgow.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/impact/case-studies/using-weather-data-to-understand-usage-of-glasgow-s-cycle-hire...
 
Description GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods Training Workshop for Early Career Researchers: From Big Data To Better Policy - Phil Mason
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Geographically Weighted Regression - Workshop
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact UBDC researcher Dr Jing Yao delivered this workshop at Hohai University, China in June 2017.
 
Description Getting Started with Data Management
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This course was designed to guide those with limited or no experience of using data-supported research methods through the fundamental processes from acquiring data through to best practices in data management. The need to up-skill in this area was identified by UBDC's data services team, who delivered the course, as it became clear that researchers from different disciplines needed guidance in the preparation and organisation of the data they were requesting to ensure accuracy and efficiency within the usage terms. The course explained the basic principles of data management and then introduced R as a recommended platform to perform basic data operations such as loading, merging and naming. This course equipped users of UBDC's data service as well as attendees from the Scottish Government, local councils and a private company with these necessary skills for handling their data.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/getting-sta...
 
Description Hexograms: better maps of area based data - a tutorial
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This open web tutorial, by UBDC Co-Investogator Prof Rich Harris, is published on the RPubs website, part of the RStudio offering. Summary: This tutorial explores the use of hexograms to produce better maps of area based data and population distributions. Hexograms are a cross between hexagonal binning, tile maps and cartograms that aim to redress the problem of 'invisibility' prevalent in conventional maps and also the problem of distortion caused by cartograms. Examples of hexograms and the functions to produce them in R are presented. In principle those functions will work with other data (specifically, spatial polygons and spatial polygon data frames). However, it is a proof of concept not fully developed code and it's not at all optimised for speed.
URL https://rpubs.com/profrichharris/hexograms
 
Description Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee Urban Informatics and iMCD Training Webinar
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Webinar training delivered to Indian researchers via the IIT Roorkee Programme. As well as capacity building for Indian researchers, this event also strengthened international links and raised awareness of the UBDC service and iMCD programme.
 
Description Introduction to ArcGIS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact IT Lab-based training event open to people working in the public and private sectors as well as academics and private individuals. This event was attended by people from local authorities, a charitable organisation, the Scottish Government and university researchers and students. It can therefore be inferred that the upskilling of individuals in these influential roles to make more effective use of their data using ArcGIS software would give them a better understanding of the spatial dimension of their data and therefore the locations that their data.apply to.
 
Description Introduction to ArcGIS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact IT Lab-based summer training course designed to familiarise participants with what a geographic information system is and the potential for it to be used for informed decision-making using the industry-standard ArcGIS software. The course was attended by people from local authorities, NHS, National Records of Scotland and university researchers and students from numerous disciplines. It can therefore be inferred that the upskilling of individuals in these influential roles to make more effective use of their data using ArcGIS software would give them a better understanding of the spatial dimension of their data and therefore the locations that their data apply to.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/introductio...
 
Description Introduction to Areal Data Modelling using R
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This short training course demonstrated advanced statistical measures in R to visualise spatial dependencies characterised by different areal units. The course was attended by land registry and local council data analysts and senior academic researchers who reported improvements in their ability to understand the statistical concepts and practical implementations, aided by the variety of examples brought about by the diversity in course participants.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/introductio...
 
Description Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - Using ArcGIS: SESSION 1
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This training had 20 participants from academia, business and local government. Topic: The importance of understanding the spatial dimension of data has long been understood, despite that fact that this dimension is often ignored. However, recent years have seen a massive expansion in the quantity of data available. At the same time, new methods and software have opened up new opportunities for analysing spatial data. In this short course, participants will be introduced to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a powerful tool for analysing spatial data. The purpose of this course is to familiarise participants with what a geographic information system is and the potential for it to be used for informed decision-making.
 
Description Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - Using ArcGIS: SESSION 2
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This training session included 20 participants from academia, business and local government. Topic: The importance of understanding the spatial dimension of data has long been understood, despite that fact that this dimension is often ignored. However, recent years have seen a massive expansion in the quantity of data available. At the same time, new methods and software have opened up new opportunities for analysing spatial data. In this short course, participants will be introduced to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a powerful tool for analysing spatial data. The purpose of this course is to familiarise participants with what a geographic information system is and the potential for it to be used for informed decision-making.
 
Description Introduction to Network Analysis in ArcGIS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This training had 20 participants from academia, business and local government. Course topic: Network analysis is a particularly useful class of analysis, which can be performed with a Geographic Information System (GIS). Network analysis allows us to analyse problems which are connected to the transportation of goods or people across a network. Using these methods we can consider questions such as: What is the shortest route between two points? What is the service area for a facility? Where should bus stops be placed along a route in order to maximise ridership? The course covered how to get routing data, import it into ArcGIS and then perform analysis. This course builds on your existing GIS knowledge with a focus on network analysis for understanding spatial data and making informed, data-driven decisions that can be applied to urban planning and policymaking.
 
Description Introduction to Network Analysis in ArcGIS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This half day training course was designed to build on existing GIS knowledge with a focus on network analysis for understanding transport network data and making informed, data-driven decisions that can be applied to urban planning and policymaking. The course was attended by Service Developers from Glasgow City Council, health researchers and PhD students from across the UK.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/introductio...
 
Description Introduction to QGIS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This short course provided attendees with the foundations of geospatial data and GIS theory using the open source software QGIS. Delegates from the Scottish Government, the Land Registry and researchers in a variety of disciplines to visualize, manage and analyse geospatial data. Time was provided at the end of the session for the course attendees to practice using examples of their own spatial data with the software. Fran Hogg, a SASNet fellow at UBDC attended the course and was able to put her learning into immediate practice on her project analysing geospatial data for school cycle routes.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/introductio...
 
Description Introduction to QGIS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact IT Lab-based training event open to people working in the public and private sectors as well as academics and private individuals. This event was attended by people from local authorities, NHS Scotland Health Information professionals and university researchers and students. This course shared similarities with UBDC's introductory ArcGIS course but used the free open source software QGIS which many participants found to be more easily obtainable. It can therefore be inferred that the upskilling of individuals in these influential roles to make more effective use of their data to give them a better understanding of the spatial dimension of their data and therefore the locations that their data.apply to.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2016/introductio...
 
Description Introduction to R
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact IT Lab-based training event open to people working in the public and private sectors as well as academics and private individuals. This event was attended by statisticians from the Scottish Government, as well as people from Glasgow City Council. Policy Scotland and university researchers and students. This course taught the skills required to perform basic analysis of a variety of data types using the free open source software R. It can therefore be inferred that the upskilling of individuals in these influential roles to make more effective use of their data by using R's powerful analytical and visualisation functions.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/introductio...
 
Description Introduction to R
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact IT Lab-based training event open to people working in the public and private sectors as well as academics and private individuals. This event was attended by people from the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland Health Information professionals and university researchers and students. This course taught the skills required to perform basic analysis of a variety of data types using the free open source software R. It can therefore be inferred that the upskilling of individuals in these influential roles to make more effective use of their data by using R's powerful analytical and visualisation functions.
 
Description Introduction to R for NHS Services Scotland
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact IT Lab-based data skills training. This course was booked out by a cohort of statisticians and healthcare analysts from NHS Services Scotland who were taught the skills required to perform basic analysis of a variety of data types using the free open source software R. It can therefore be inferred that the upskilling of individuals in these public healthcare roles will enable more effective use of their data by using R's powerful analytical and visualisation functions.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/ubdc-traini...
 
Description Introduction to R for Spatial Analysis
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This training was attended by 27 participants from academia, business and local government. Topic: As a powerful open-source tool for statistical analysis, R has been increasingly utilised in higher education, scientific research and practice. The purpose of this course is to introduce basic knowledge of R, such as how to load data into R and how to visualise data using different visualisation methods. By the end of the course, you will be able to load data into R, calculate descriptive statistics, implement hypothesis testing and carry out generalised linear regression analysis. Through this introductory course, we aim to provide analysts with the foundational skills needed to use R for statistical analysis, which can be applied to research as well as practical planning situations.
 
Description Introduction to R: SESSION 1
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This training had 20 participants from academia, business and local government. Topic: As a powerful open-source tool for statistical analysis, R has been increasingly utilised in higher education, scientific research and practice. The purpose of this course is to introduce basic knowledge of R, such as how to load data into R and how to visualise data using different visualisation methods. By the end of the course, you will be able to load data into R, calculate descriptive statistics, implement hypothesis testing and carry out generalised linear regression analysis. Through this introductory course, we aim to provide analysts with the foundational skills needed to use R for statistical analysis, which can be applied to research as well as practical planning situations.
 
Description Introduction to R: SESSION 2
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This training had 20 participants from academia, business and local government. Topic: As a powerful open-source tool for statistical analysis, R has been increasingly utilised in higher education, scientific research and practice. The purpose of this course is to introduce basic knowledge of R, such as how to load data into R and how to visualise data using different visualisation methods. By the end of the course, you will be able to load data into R, calculate descriptive statistics, implement hypothesis testing and carry out generalised linear regression analysis. Through this introductory course, we aim to provide analysts with the foundational skills needed to use R for statistical analysis, which can be applied to research as well as practical planning situations.
 
Description Introduction to Scientific Computing with Python
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The course aimed to equip data scientists from academia, local councils and statistical departments within the Scottish Government with data analysis skills in Python using high-level libraries such as managing data using NumPy, performing mathematical SciPy algorithms, managing numerical tables in Pandas and plotting figures in Matplotlib. The course was designed to develop knowledge and experiences of scripting in Python according to the attendees' specific data analysis requirements and prepare them for future learning around the wider ranges of Python libraries.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/introductio...
 
Description Introduction to data wrangling and visualisation in R
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact UBDC University of Sheffield researcher Dan Olner delivered a one day interactive workshop teaching programming in R, using English house price data to learn about data shaping and visualisation.
URL http://danolner.github.io/2016/12/Introduction_to_data_wrangling_n_viz_in_R
 
Description Measuring Segregation and Scale in R
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This hands-on half-day course delivered by guest presenter Professor Richard Harris, University of Bristol, demonstrated the MLID package in R, which offers tools and functions for studying ethnic and social segregation with a multilevel index of dissimilarity. The course was attended by a largely academic audience with analysts from The Registers of Scotland, interested in hazard/risk mapping also in attendance. They reported very positive learning outcomes and an undaunting use of the R environment to work through the practical exercises.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/measuring-s...
 
Description Membership of BSI Committee MBD/1: Big data - MBD/001/0-/03 Project Communications
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact UBDC Senior IT & Data Services Manager, Dr Andrew McHugh, is a members of this committee, which makes a contribution to development of standards and exploring resolution of issues associated with widespread adoption of big data.
 
Description Membership of BSI Committee SDS/2: Smart and sustainable cities and communities
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact UBDC Senior IT & Data Services Manager, Dr Andrew McHugh, is a member of this BSI committee, whose work makes a contribution to development of standards informing city development including quality of life indicators for cities and exploring resolution of issues associated with widespread adoption of big data.
URL https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/committees/50267187
 
Description Optimisation Problems in Geographically Weighted Regression - Workshop
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Delivered as workshop by UBDC researcher Dr Jing Yao to School of Government, Peking University, China.
 
Description Principles of Visualising Data in R - Dan Olner, Sheffield University
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Dan Olner, UBDC Research Associate, University of Sheffield, ran a workshop on the 22.02.19 to UoS social science PhDs, "Principles of visualising data in R."
 
Description Principles of Visualising Data with R and ggplot
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact UBDC University of Sheffield researcher Dan Olner delivered this one day workshop teaching programming in R, using English house price data to teach underlying principles of data manipulation and visualisation.
URL http://danolner.github.io/2017/09/Learn_ggplot_and_R_using_English_house_price_and_wage_data
 
Description Principles of Visualising Data with R and ggplot
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This short course built on the basics of R to explore its powerful and versatile open-source visualisation packages. The primary purpose of the course was to make the underlying principles of tidy data and ggplot as clear as possible to allow the course attendees to make more informed decisions on how to visualise their data. The varied group of attendees ranging from university to researchers to public health analysts and economists reported very satisfactory outcomes and returned for further related courses in the programme.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/principles-...
 
Description Prof Gwilym Pryce gave evidence to Housing White Paper consultation document on affordability in local housing plans
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government response published in 2018.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/685297/Government_response...
 
Description Prof Gwilym Pryce gave oral evidence to the House of Commons CLG Committee on Housing for Older Persons (January 2018)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Report published 2018.
URL http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/communities-and-local-gov...
 
Description Prof. P Thakuriah contributed to: U.K. Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Big and Open Data in Transport. Houses of Parliament POSTNOTE Number 472 July 2014.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-472
 
Description Prof. P Thakuriah participated in US policy forum: U.S. Government Accountability Office. Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-659SP
 
Description RSS Conference 2017 Professional Development Session: Getting your research published and maximising its impact
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This session at the Royal Statistical Society Conference 2017 was for early career / young researchers and/or those who wish to publish their work in academic journals and magazines and raise the visibility of their research.It provided advice for writing journal articles, give an overview of the journal review processes, and explore available self-promotional tools. UBDC Mathematics and Statistics Co-Investigator, Prof Adrian Bowman, was one of the speakers, covering key elements of writing a research article, explore what makes a "good" article, and mention some common mistakes to avoid..
URL https://events.rss.org.uk/rss/frontend/reg/titem.csp?pageID=39088&eventID=93
 
Description Report to Glasgow City Council on SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT LIVING THROUGH THE PREDICTION AND PREVENTION OF FALLS
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact UBDC collaborated with Glasgow City Council on sourcing and acquiring various data to assist with prevention of falls among the elderly in Glasgow. UBDC then offered research support in the production of the above-named report. We are awaiting further news on the report's impact on planning.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/media/1632/supporting-independent-living-report-etaine-lamy-231017.pdf
 
Description Research with administrative data: opportunities and legal framework
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) in collaboration with the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office (DPFOI) at the University of Glasgow, delivered this seminar on research with administrative data about individuals. This was an introductory seminar for researchers who are thinking of using administrative data in the future. The seminar covered: - the purpose of research services, such as the UBDC, which aim to support researcher access to administrative data; - the legal framework that regulates research with personal data, particularly the Data Protection Act of 1998; and - the research process, from constructing a proposal through applying for data to conducting analyses.
URL http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/healthwellbeing/events/headline_457900_en.html
 
Description Sabine Timpf Masterclass: Agent-based modelling of pedestrian behaviour
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact 22 researchers attended this Masterclass, hosted at UBDC's Glasgow premises.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2016/sabine-timp...
 
Description Scottish Parliament Information Centre Academic Fellowship
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/ResearchBriefings/Report/2018/11/14/Private-renting-refo...
 
Description UK Govt BIS Consultation on Proposals for Long-Term Capital Investment in Science and Research - Prof Thakuriah
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/332767/bis-14-750-science-...
 
Description Urban Big Data for Trusted Smart Statistics - Eurostat Training
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact UBDC provided training to introduce Eurostat staff (primarily statisticians and managers: 28 registered participants from various countries) to the developments currently happening in the smart systems and smart cities world, with a focus on smart transportation systems and mobility. It covered an overview of the main sources of urban big data, including sensors and the Internet of Things, crowd-sourced mobility data, data aggregated from websites and other Internet sources, wearable technologies. It continued to describe how these data sources can be integrated, from the technical infrastructure to methodologies for producing statistical information, as well as other topics of relevance in the domain of urban big data. Learning outcomes included establishing an understanding of urban, smart cities and transport sectors; identification of data, methods and tools; comprehension of opportunities, risks and strategies with the acquisition and sustainability of data; and understanding of innovate business cases in smart statistics in the sector.
 
Description Use of data-generating wearables in academic research
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact One of the most interesting areas of research at UBDC - particularly within our iMCD programme and subsequent leading-edge research based on iMCD data - is the use of wearable devices by research participants to gather detailed data. A small subset of folk who had taken part in the Household Survey element of the iMCD project also spent a week wearing GPS tracking devices and lifelogging cameras everywhere they went. We soon found that others working on a variety of research topics wanted to not only use the knowledge we had gained from doing this but also to borrow our wearable devices to collect data. We not only lend out the devices where asked, but have developed an advice sheet and work with them on developing the use of these devices in their research. Two external researchers have now given us blog posts evidencing the usefulness of this work, with one published and one on its way.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news/2017/october/students-digital-practices-in-post-digital-environments/
 
Description Using ArcGIS: Network Analysis
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact IT Lab-based training event open to people working in the public and private sectors as well as academics and private individuals. This event was a follow-up to the introductory ArcGIS course with focus on applying the skills to analysing networks e.g. transportation networks. It was attended by people from the Scottish Government, an environmental organisation and university researchers and students. It can therefore be inferred that the upskilling of individuals in these influential roles to make more effective use of their data using ArcGIS software would give them a better understanding of the spatial dimension of their data and therefore the locations that their data.apply to.
 
Description Using PySAL for Spatial Analysis - Workshop
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact UBDC researcher Dr Jing Yao delivered this workshop at Hohai University, China in June 2017.
 
Description Using R: Mapping Spatial Data
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The purpose of this course was to introduce some common functions in R in relation to spatial data visualisation and mapping, ranging from basic data manipulation to choropleth mapping. By the end of the course, the large, mixed group of attendees (Developers and GIS analysts from Scottish Government, a cycling data charity and the land registry) were able to load geographic data into R and manipulate those data to generate a variety of maps and visualisations.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/using-r-map...
 
Description Using R: statistical analysis
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact IT Lab-based training event open to people working in the public and private sectors as well as academics and private individuals. This event was attended by people from the Scottish Government's statistical and accountancy departments, NHS Scotland Health Information professionals and university researchers and students. This course followed on from the introductory R course with detailed focus on applying more advanced statistical techniques in data analysis using this open source software. It can therefore be inferred that the upskilling of individuals in these influential roles to better analyse their data using this free statistical software package.
 
Description Using iMCD Household Survey for MSc classes
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact UBDC researcher Dr Jinhyun Hong used two of his papers (one published and the other one under review) that utilised the iMCD survey for class materials at the University of Glasgow (Msc in Urban Transport, MSc in City Planning and Transport).
 
Description Working with Administrative Data: From Ideas to Research (Manchester)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact UBDC / SASNet event - UBDC Data Scientist Dr Mirjam Allik led this training session for 20 researchers in Manchester. Topic: Leading urban and social science increasingly use individual level data collected by public bodies, companies or other organisations for research purposes. This is a seminar on accessing these types of administrative data for research.
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/working-wit...
 
Description CDT in Data Analytics and Society (1)
Amount £6,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description CDT in Data Analytics and Society (2)
Amount £6,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description Climate-KIC Pathfinder Programme
Amount £48,927 (GBP)
Organisation Climate-KIC 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description College of Social Science PhD Scholorship
Amount £61,327 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Department College of Social Sciences
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
 
Description College of Social Science PhD Scholorship
Amount £82,465 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Department College of Social Sciences
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
 
Description EPSRC Computer Science Intern for UBDC Data
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2016 
End 08/2016
 
Description EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship Fund (University of Glasgow)
Amount £13,422 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N508792/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description EPSRC New Approaches to Data Science Call
Amount £3,055,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R018634/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 04/2022
 
Description ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (University of Glasgow)
Amount £9,928 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 11/2017
 
Description European Commission FP7 Marie Curie Career Integration Grants
Amount € 76,538 (EUR)
Funding ID Project Number 632075, Call identifier FP7-PEOPLE-2013-CIG 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 05/2014 
End 04/2018
 
Description European Commission funding
Amount € 3,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Department Eurostat
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 02/2018 
End 02/2018
 
Description Exploiting Closed-Loop Aspects in Computationally and Data Intensive Analytics
Amount £3,055,465 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 04/2022
 
Description Glasgow-Nankai Research Exchange Grant
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2017
 
Description Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund
Amount £7,105,262 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/P011020/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 12/2021
 
Description Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme
Amount £2,508 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description ISPRS Foundation and Congress Travel Grant
Amount £700 (GBP)
Organisation International Society of Photogrammmetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) 
Sector Learned Society
Country Global
Start 07/2016 
End 07/2016
 
Description Impact Study, British Council School Programmes in Scotland
Amount £66,807 (GBP)
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 09/2018
 
Description Innovate UK Small Business Research Initiative
Amount £199,900 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2017
 
Description NPIF Innovation Fellowship Scheme
Amount £302,344 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S002875/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges Funds
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2016 
End 07/2017
 
Description Scottish Parliament Information Centre Academic Fellowship Scheme
Amount £1,617 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Parliament 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 06/2018
 
Description UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund (Newton Fund)
Amount £606,945 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2018
 
Description UKRI ESRC Centres Transition Funding
Amount £4,500,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S007105/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2024
 
Description University of Glasgow Research Exchange Grant
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2015 
End 08/2015
 
Description Urban Transformations
Amount £781,247 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2018
 
Title Enhanced social media geolocalisation 
Description Researchers in multiple disciplines have used social media to study various patterns and "live" aspects of cities. However, the number of tweets that are explicitly geo-tagged by users tend to be sparse (just 1 to 2% of the entire Twitter firehose) so that locations of critical events tweeted may be missed when considering geo-tagged tweets only. specific approach to enhancing the geographic details of non-geotagged tweets. This method deals with estimating the location where a tweet originated using multiple approaches. The process of estimating the locations of posts that are not associated with explicit coordinates is called "geolocalization". The method has the potential to substantially increase the sample size of tweets available for real-time traffic operations assessment, event detection, public mood change detection and geo-localised community detection. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The method has the potential to substantially increase the sample size of tweets available for real-time traffic operations assessment, event detection, public mood change detection and geo-localised community detection. Specific applications include real-time road and transport incident detection as well as political and social event detection. 
 
Title GPS Linked Data Anonymisation 
Description The method safeguards against re-identification of persons from Global Positioning System (GPS) data on significant locations and Points of Interest visited by persons carrying or using GPS devices. Trajectory datasets are being generated in great volumes due to high levels of GPS and Location-Based Services (LBS) use. Such data are increasingly being collected for a variety of academic, industrial and recreational reasons, sometimes together with other strands of personal data such as socio-demographic, social survey and other sensor data carried/worn by the person (for example, fitness trackers, portable cameras etc). In such cases, not only are movement data of a person available but also data on potentially a wide variety of other personal and household attributes. Making such person-level data available for analytics opens up the possibility of new directions in analysing, studying and understanding human behaviour, which is typically not possible with GPS trajectory datasets alone. At the same time, the GPS data should be released in a privacy-preserving way that takes into account the possibility of re-identification of individuals from quasi-identifiers available from other data strands. De-identification in these strands may be risked due to uniquely identifiable information on significant locations and other spatial behaviours and choices detected from GPS trajectories. This is a privacy-enhancing approach, when personally-identifiable data are available from multiple data strands, for the specific purpose of data to be released for transport research. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The approach was tested and ulitised to anonymise GPS data collected as a part of UBDC's Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project. This data will be made available as a part of our data service to users who undergo our research approvals process. The social survey part of the project has already been requested and are currently being used by over 70 users as per our last Calls for Expressions of Interest (dated September 26, 2016). We expect this number to become even higher with our new call, which is due to be complete by the end of Marchj 2017. A paper on the topic was published in the proceedins of an international conference. The reference is: Sila-Nowicka, K., and Thakuriah, P. (2016) The trade-off between privacy and geographic data resolution. a case of GPS trajectories combined with the social survey results. In: XXIII ISPRS Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, 12-19 Jul 2016, pp. 535-542. (doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B2-535-2016) 
 
Title Web Scraping Tool 
Description This tool was developed with the aim to retrieve online data from the Scottish Assessors Association (https://www.saa.gov.uk) website. Python language was used for the implementation; the tool can be run from the command line by providing some arguments. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This assistive tool facilitated the collection of the SAA data which then was used for research purposes. 
 
Title Zoopla Analysis for Adverts Mentioning People Receiving Housing Benefits 
Description In the context of the research regarding housing, a need has arisen to investigate the case of online property rental adverts hesitating or refusing to let their properties to people who are receiving housing benefits. The analysis used Zoopla online rental adverts from the whole UK from 2013 to 2016. First, using appropriate keywords, we gathered a set of adverts, creating two subsets, the ones that welcome people with benefits and the ones that don't. Then, we looked into the different aspects of the properties of those subsets, e.g location, number of bedrooms, price trying to see the correlation between them and whether the adverts lean positively or negatively towards the two different groups. We also investigated the language being used to describe this behaviour and whether this has changed over the years. T he analysis provides visualisation charts and plots that prove the findings and discusses the reasons we chose to look into the different factors. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This has equipped UBDC housing researchers to identify the extent of discrimination against benefits claimants within online job advertisements 
 
Title iMCD Lifelogging Face and Person Detection Tools/Methods 
Description In order to apply face and person detection, we set up an Object Detection framework. Object Detection algorithms typically use extracted features and learning algorithms to recognise instances of an object category, which in this case is either a face or a person. For detecting faces in the images, we used the Dlib library, a C++ toolkit containing machine learning algorithms and tools. In detail, we used a CNN (Convolutional Neural Network) - based face detector with a pre-trained model that is used to find faces in an image. The model was trained with various publicly available image datasets with faces, after being manually annotated. We tested the model across a test set of 1200 images and we manually went through the images to assess the detection accuracy. We acquired a precision of 0.996 and a recall of 0.869, very high scores given the nature of the dataset. For detecting persons in the images, we used the Tensorflow Object Detection API, an open source framework built on top of TensorFlow that makes it easy to construct, train and deploy object detection models. Specifically, we used a pre-trained model that was trained with the Common Objects in Context (COCO) dataset. Tensorflow used COCO to train several different neural networks and made them publicly available by reporting their speed and performance. We used a Faster R-CNN (specifically the faster_rcnn_inception_resnet_v2_atrous_coco - see http://download.tensorflow.org/models/object_detection/faster_rcnn_inception_resnet_v2_atrous_coco_2018_01_28.tar.gz) as it has high performance and quite good speed for our purposes. Similar to the face detection case, we also tested this model on our test set, acquiring precision of 0.944 and recall of 0.851. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Within the context of iMCD research these methods and tools provided a novel approach to analyse extent of social isolation in everyday life. 
 
Title Aberdeen Landlord Registration Data 
Description Landlord registration data for Aberdeen provided at 15th August 2017. The data was provided at postcode for each of the properties and then aggregated to the Datazone level. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Published as open data following successful Freedom of Information Request to Aberdeen City Council - it is hoped that this will be the start of a co-ordinated approach to make this data increasingly available across many more local authorities 
URL http://ubdc.gla.ac.uk/dataset/aberdeen-landlord-datazone-registration
 
Title An Agent Based Model of Social Exclusion 
Description Developed by UBDC's University of Illinois at Chicago's research team, this agent based model (ABM) simulates household, neighbourhood and labour market interactions. It aims to recreate the processes that lead to social exclusion, incorporating decisions on education, family formation, interactions with neighbourhood and other factors, and the labour market. Once the model is calibrated to a given area, it can then be used as a testing environment for different policies or changes in the urban environment. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact One finding from the empirical work is the strong association between childhood experiences of poverty and what happens in adulthood. This work suggests that intervention to reduce childhood poverty experiences not only address the immediate needs of children but can also have positive consequences in adulthood. 
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news/2017/october/economic-outcomes-of-long-term-childhood-poverty/
 
Title Graphics for uncertainty 
Description Data and code underpinning the associated paper. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Housing tenure and poverty database 
Description Derived by aggregating data from Family Resources Survey 1994-2016, dataset shows proportions of people living in each housing tenure by poverty status, for single year of age and single year of time. UK and regional breakdowns. Data are smoothed to ensure privacy preserved. Data are used to construct Lexis surfaces to visualise the changes in housing tenure over time, and the shifts in housing tenure for those poor/not poor using different poverty metrics. Data made available on line through interactive housing tenure-poverty visualiser tool. Aggregated data freely available to download from that site (hosted by UBDC) and from github repository. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Significant public and policy maker interest in the 
URL https://github.com/nick-bailey/Poverty-and-private-renting
 
Title Intersections Geography for Five UK Censuses 
Description Intersections data to provide a means to link census data over multiple collection years. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Tool to facilitate census research, specifically the harmonised country of birth data. Created by Dan Olner, UBDC Sheffield University Researcher. 
URL http://ubdc.gla.ac.uk/dataset/great-britain-5-census-intersects
 
Title Lead prevalence by postcode sectors (Glasgow, 1993-94) 
Description This data is presented in spreadsheet form, and lists the 1991 Glasgow postcode sectors together with the relative prevalence of raised tap water lead and neighbourhood types depicted in the map of the Glasgow 93 lead study final report. The original map (black and white) was divided here into six parts which cover different areas of the city (Central, N, NW, NE, SW, SE). Another map (purple) which shows accurate boundaries of the 1991 postcode sectors has been superimposed over them. Seven postcode sectors cover two areas and are coded differently in Prevalence/Neighbourhood type 1 and 2. Most postcode sectors have the same coding for Prevalence/Neighbourhood 1 and 2. Due to the method used to compile the dataset and the historic nature of the original report and map, the researchers should be critical of the accuracy of the data. The Glasgow 93 lead study final report and the six maps used to create the dataset are also available upon request. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The data is available on an open access basis but we will continue to monitor its usage to identify scientific and public benefit impacts. It is being used in association with NHS health and NRS birth and death registration data by one of UBDC's Controlled Data Service Projects, which is exploring links between child mortality and lead content in water supplies. 
URL http://ubdc.gla.ac.uk/dataset/lead-prevalence-by-postcode-sectors-glasgow-93-94
 
Title Transport Availability Metrics (TAM) 
Description This offers public Transport Availability Metrics (TAM) at both the stop/station and small area levels across Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). Specifically, it offers stop-level public transport availability data ("GB_STOP_PTAI_2016.csv", "GB_STOP_PTAI_2016.shp", LSOA-level public transport availability data "GB_LSOA_PTAI_2016.csv", "GB_LSOA_PTAI_2016.shp", and MSOA-level public transport availability data "GB_MSOA_PTAI_2016.csv" and GB_MSOA_PTAI_2016.shp. Other metrics generated include: average hourly frequency (AHF), density of stops (DOS), density of night-time stops (DONS), and Density of Routes (DOR). Stop-level TAM was measured by using public transport schedule data and stop/station location data. This was subsequently aggregated to small-area levels (LSOA and MSOA) in order to ensure PTAI is linkable to socioeconomic data at the same geography level. Specifically, stop-level PTAI was first aggregated to LSOA-level PTAI by overlaying service areas of stops/stations with LSOA boundaries. This was further aggregated to MSOA-level PTAI by weighting LSOA's PTAI with its population. Data sources for this including the LSOA boundaries, MSOA boundaries and LSOA-level population. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The TAM represents levels of public transport service provisions at both stop/station and small area levels. It can be used to estimate transport poverty at highly detailed spatial scale across an entire country. People in transport poor areas can easily be identified with TAM. This is vitally important as reducing gaps in the provision of public transport services is important for social equity, especially for low-income families who cannot afford to own and use cars. Hence, TAM can be deployed to ensure equitable access to basic amenities such as employment, healthcare, education, recreation, and shopping. The metrics can also be linked to other socioeconomic indicators to understand impacts of policies and new initiatives. 
 
Title UBDC Spatial Urban Data System (SUDS) 
Description UBDC has made significant progress on the Spatial Urban Data System (SUDS) - the Centre's capstone Urban Indicators project - which provides small-area estimates of key UK-wide urban indicators using complex urban models and simulations. We began with the 14 largest built-up areas in the UK. The resultant indicators not only provide contextual information to researchers studying complex urban problems but are also a tool for supporting local government and private sector decision-making. Examples of key indicators include datazone-level indicators of job accessibility and greenspace. We are now also connecting the SUDS programme to a novel set of open-source technologies for GIS mapping, mobile development, visualisation and reporting so that citizens, small businesses, non-profit organisations and local governments can have an opportunity explore trends and patterns in their city/region. Indicators currently complete and available to end users of UBDC are: * Percentage of persons in full-employment (%) - Output Areas for 13 built-up areas: Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton-Portsmouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast. * Unemployed: Aged 16-24 years (%) - Output Areas for 14 built-up areas: Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton-Portsmouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast. * Unemployment rate - all economically active and inactive (%) - Output Areas for 14 built-up areas: Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton-Portsmouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast. * Unemployment rate-all economically active only (%) - Output Areas for 14 built-up areas: Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton-Portsmouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast * Public Greenspace - Output Areas for 14 built-up areas: Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton-Portsmouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast. * Job Accessibility Indicators (experimental) - Output Areas for 14 built-up areas: Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton-Portsmouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast. Ongoing work to develop accessibility measures for labour market and healthcare are also yielding new data. As an outcome of our work to define transit accessibility indices we have developed, based on Traveline data, UK-wide public transportation schedules in the popular interchange GTFS format. These data offer timetables for bus, light rail, tram and ferry stops in Great Britain. Users who are interested in transit availability in the UK are already making use of them. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This initial tranche of Urban Indicators, as at March 2017, prompted over 30 requests to use the data, including requesting the indicators and the underlying data. Since then the number has risen to ca 90. SUDS is also feeding into the RDA's Quality of Urban Life standardisation work as well as work with BSI to develop and enhance standards around big data and smart cities. It is also highly thematically congruent with our efforts to engage within the UK with local authorities in all of the four nations of the UK, and internationally with organisations including Statistics Netherlands and the World Council on City Data. The platform has been subject to intensive iterative development and is currently available via the UBDC website in a prototype format. Based on a robust spatial database the platform uses a combination of technologies to deliver online spatial analytics. These comprise web analytical tools based on spatial queries enabling users to interact with several underlying datasets, in order to derive additional insights from the data. These tools were designed to be simple and easy to use (for mostly drilling-down or aggregating information) from one or two aspects (indicators/ datasets) of the urban area. More complex queries (Multi Criteria Analysis) that will enable the integration of information from different indicators or sectors of the urban areas will be developed to enable wider understanding of causes, effects of particular outcomes or changes. Transport accessibility and connectivity indicators and employment accessibility indicators have each been implemented within the platform. Integration of UBDC research outputs from transport, housing, education, health, weather, accidents, and crime studies is in the process of being implemented, including estimated O-D flows from highway sensor data (network analysis/Transcad), outputs from social networking research (Twitter geolocalisation, Facebook etc) and housing sales and rental data from open Land Registry, Registers of Scotland and Zoopla data sets. 
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-catalogue/geospatial-data/
 
Title Zoopla Aggregate Listings Tables 
Description Aggregate data tables summarising rental market according to data acquired from properly listings aggregator Zoopla (to 2016): • Quarterly count of number of rental adverts by UK Local Authority (XLSX) • Quarterly mean and median rent per month by UK Local Authority (XLSX) • Quarterly count of number of rental adverts by Broad Rental Market Area (BRMA) (XLSX) • Quarterly mean and median rent per month by Broad Rental Market Area (BRMA) (XLSX) • Quarterly count of number of rental adverts by Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA) (XLSX) • Quarterly mean and median rent per month by Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA) (XLSX) 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Equivalent data were the basis of ONS' study of the use of big data in official statistics on private renting (2018). We hope to drive interest in our fuller Zoopla historical and current data (see ResearchFish Collaboration section for details of data sharing agreement) using these widely accessible data. 
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-catalogue/housing-data/
 
Title iMCD GPS Data 
Description 333 iMCD Household Survey participants agreed to wear a GPS device to record their movements for a seven day period. Participants completed an Activity Diary on the first day, providing groundtruthing for the data. GPS coordinates were captured every five seconds for each participant. The data can be linked to the other iMCD survey and lifelogging data by participant ID. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The UBDC first released this data in its second Call for Expressions of Interest (July 2016). With ca 30 requests to date, the data has been approved for use in two projects. One will use aggregated data with the other accessing raw, de-identified (spatially cloaked) data via UBDC's Controlled Data Service safehaven. The data is available under application (UBDC has reached agreement with ESRC that new data requests will be evaluated internally by the Centre's Research Approvals Working Group) and a number of additional applications are in the process of being considered. 
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-catalogue/imcd-data/
 
Title iMCD Household Survey Data 
Description The UBDC's iMCD Project gathered a unique and exciting collection of data looking at urban life in Glasgow. UBDC gives researchers access to the data from the iMCD Household Survey, in anonymised form. The Survey has a unique combination of questions covering detailed information about each household, and their attitudes and behaviours to transport, education, computer and mobile phone usage, and sustainability. These data would be of interest to planners, researchers or individuals wanting to gain a better understanding of these topics and their interactions. The iMCD Household Survey interviewed a representative sample of adults (2095 people from 1508 household) in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Planning area between April and November 2015. This area includes the following local authorities: Glasgow; North Lanarkshire; South Lanarkshire; Inverclyde; Renfrewshire; East Renfrewshire; East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire. As well as basic demographic data, the survey has a significant number of questions on education, transport, sustainability, and ICT usage. It also contains questions on civic and cultural activities, and neighbourhood belonging and satisfaction. Some variables have been removed or have had responses grouped to ensure anonymity of respondents, and there is no geographic or locational information. A subset of participants (1506) also completed a Travel Diary, describing their movements and purpose on the day prior to the Survey's collection. For widespread sharing, this data is aggregated to local authority level, consistent with the Scottish Household Survey methodolology. The iMCD project also gathered and created a number of other datasets that may be linked to the survey data. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The UBDC released this initial dataset as part of our first Call for Expressions of Interest in February 2016. To date over 100 requests have been made for the data, and many requestors are also interested in combining the data with other iMCD collections. 
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-catalogue/imcd-data/
 
Title iMCD Lifelogging Data 
Description 230 iMCD Household Survey participants wore an Autographer lifelogging device, in addition to a GPS device, for two days. This captured image data (at typically five second intervals) and other sensor data. The captured variables include participant ID, image ID, image metadata including date/time, resolution, exposure time, colour space, white balance, etc and acceleration, magnetometer, light sensor, temperature and orientation sensor data. The data poses some interesting challenges for sharing due to its unique sensitivities (personally identifiable images, etc.). We are currently finalising methods for automating the blurring of faces and car registrations prior to releasing it for external use. We anticipate that usage will ultimately be limited to UBDC's Controlled Data Service safehaven. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact We have had enquiries about use of this data. We are also using the data as a research material in itself as we are at the cutting edge of making this type of data available for research use, with all the privacy implications that brings - so we anticipate a high level of scientific impact. Current processing is focusing on face and person recognition in order to blur sensitive content as well as the production of statistical summaries (which can be more widely shared) based on automated identification of, among other things, co-location with others, ICT usage and transportation usage. Some papers have been published with more anticipated. 
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-catalogue/imcd-data/
 
Title iMCD Social Isolation Groups Data 
Description We developed methods to analyse lifelogging image data collected within the iMCD project with an objective to study people's isolation level in the city. To this end, we used the image set as an attempt to group people with similar social state and behaviour based on the number of faces and number of people they are surrounded by in their everyday life. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Linking the social activity level with the existing participants' data (demographics, elements from the household survey) gave researchers the opportunity to associate social activity with several factors. 
 
Title iMCD Twitter Data 
Description Concurrent to the collection of the iMCD Household Survey data, UBDC researchers undertook a significant information extraction exercise to capture data streams related to Glasgow from a variety of online sources. Twitter data comprises a large part of this collection, with some 65 million tweets gathered during the period 1/12/14 - 30/11/2015 that arose from the greater Glasgow area. This, for example, may give insights into the citizens' behaviour, reactions and moods in certain contexts or at particular times. The dataset can be queried through a bespoke online tool by specific hashtag or tweet term, in order to return statistical information or specific Tweet IDs. Captured tweets were those geolocated in Glasgow (based on a polygon around the geography), those from certain known Glasgow accounts (e.g. @BBCWestScot; @policescotland) and containing certain terms or hashtags (e.g. glasgow, or #glasgow2014). Due to the terms of Twitter's licensing we may not redistribute or allow the downloading of full tweets. Instead the service will provide Tweet IDs in lieu of the tweets themselves. These can then be used in queries to Twitter's own API to retrieve the full content. Results would typically be provided in JSON format with meta-data including userID, time and location if recorded. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We have had ca 50 requests for usage of this data since its promotion as part of the second UBDC Call for Expressions of Interest (July 2016). Several of those interested have indicated an interest in combining these data with other iMCD data collections. 
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-catalogue/imcd-data/
 
Description Aberdeen City Council Count of Properties on Landlord Registry 
Organisation Aberdeen City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired this data under FOI. We have in turn aggregated to datazone level and estimated numbers of registered properties to inform ongoing work exploring the nature of the private rental sector. The data acquired do not permit the identification of duplicate entries but analysis of similar data for another local authority (Renfrewshire) showed that, for every 1000 registered properties, there were 1230 register entries. In this dataset, we have aggregated these postcodes to Datazones, providing a count of register entries for each. We have also made a simple estimate of the number of registered properties by applying the adjustment factor from the Renfrewshire experience (1000/1230 or .81).
Collaborator Contribution Aberdeen City Council published a list of postcodes for entries on their Landlord Register on 15 August 2017, following a Freedom of Information request by a UBDC researcher. Private landlords in Scotland are required to register with their local authority under Part 8 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004. Registration lasts for three years so the fact that a property is registered does not necessarily mean that it is currently being rented out. In a number of cases, an individual property may have more than one register entry since there is a requirement for each owner to register separately.
Impact As open data in our portal, we are monitoring its usage on an ongoing basis. The data informs our ongoing internal UBDC Private Rental Sector research strand.
Start Year 2017
 
Description British Standards Institution (BSI Group) 
Organisation British Standards Institute (BSI Group)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UBDC is supporting BSI in understanding, developing and capacity building around international data standards for urban big data. The SASNet project provided the resources for UBDC to host an event in collaboration with the BSI to highlight how data standards can support the widespread adoption of common approaches to the implementation of products and services in future cities. This successful event helped to cement UBDC's relationship with the BSI - Andrew McHugh, UBDC's Data Services Manager is now a member of two BSI Committees: BSI Committee SDS/2, Smart and sustainable cities and communities and Committee MBD/1, Big data, specifically working on MBD/001/0-/03 Project Communications. As of May 2018 Centre is working with BSI to develop a partnership aimed at producing, piloting and validating an international data management standard, in collaboration with the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city and UK partners including the City Standards Institute and the City of York.
Collaborator Contribution BSI will work with UBDC to extend the impact of our data standards work within the UK and internationally. Collaboration with BSI ensures that UBDC remain in the forefront of discussions and advancements relating to data standardisation, particularly in relation to Smart cities and Big Data. Through shared knowledge via events and committee meetings, UBDC can gain valuable insights into: • the transparency of data activities • engagement with data users, including templates for communication (and 'reasonable expectation') • communications frameworks around data breach and remedies (linking to GDPR requirements) • success stories (benefits) of using data • guidance on providing contextual use of data ("your data will be used for XX"). All of these issues and considerations are vital to be continually up to date when providing a sustainable data service.
Impact Presentations from the data standards event are downloadable from the news story on the UBDC website (and also the Urban Transformations website). The BSI committees are formed of multidisciplinary members and therefore will cover broadly-ranging data standards issues. Membership of BSI Committee SDS/2, Smart and sustainable cities and communities and MBD/1, Big data, specifically working on MBD/001/0-/03 Project Communications, a group working on a standard covering: • transparency of data activities • engagement with data users, including templates for communication (and 'reasonable expectation') • communications frameworks around data breach and remedies (linking to GDPR requirements) • success stories (benefits) of using data • guidance on providing contextual use of data UBDC and BSI delivered a successful event in 2017 exploring the role of standards in implementing future cities, attended by city representatives (national and international), architects and spatial planners and representatives from national statistics institutions including Statistics Netherlands (recorded under Engagement).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Department of Geography, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada 
Organisation Western University
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC's research associate, Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka has started collaboration with Jed Long to work on human movement related papers.
Collaborator Contribution Unknown
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2018
 
Description ESRC AQMeN and UBDC 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) II
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC Co-I Prof. Gwilym Pryce and colleagues are working with a variety of outputs and methods developed by the AQMeN project developing ways to visualise novel measures of the housing market in engaging and interesting interfaces and outputs. Among other variables they are applying data visualisation methods to are some of the innovative measures developed by the AQMeN Research Centre, such as the Cross Price Elasticity (CPEP) measure of neighbourhood substitutability developed by the USI AQMeN strand. In collaboration with the core UBDC Data Service, they are currently developing new Java-based visualisation interfaces that allow users to interact with the data and discover how the CPEP measure can reveal hidden social frontiers between urban neighbourhoods.
Collaborator Contribution AQMeN are providing the theory, method and data outputs needed for the visualisation tools. UBDC are developing the visualisation interfaces using Java programming language and relevant software.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Eurostat Collaboration 
Organisation European Commission
Department Eurostat
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC provided training to introduce Eurostat staff (primarily statisticians and managers) to the developments currently happening in the smart systems and smart cities world, with a focus on smart transportation systems and mobility. It covered an overview of the main sources of urban big data, including sensors and the Internet of Things, crowd-sourced mobility data, data aggregated from websites and other Internet sources, wearable technologies. It continued to describe how these data sources can be integrated, from the technical infrastructure to methodologies for producing statistical information, as well as other topics of relevance in the domain of urban big data.
Collaborator Contribution Eurostat is continuing to engage with UBDC and following this training and a subsequent keynote address to the Plenary of National Directors of Methodology and Informatics has invited UBDC to sit on the Scientific Committee for New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics (NTTS).
Impact Developed relationship with Eurostat and several national statistics organisations, establishing opportunities to influence development of smart statistics agenda.
Start Year 2018
 
Description FixMyStreet Data Sharing Open Licence 
Organisation FixMyStreet
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired data from the FixMyStreet web app, that can be shared under an open licence. We have added 2011 datazones and codes to facilitate usage of the data and made this data available to researchers in our Open Data Portal.
Collaborator Contribution The data shared by FixMyStreet refers to reports made, by anyone in public, to FixMyStreet.com website or smartphone apps, regarding either potholes or pavements/footpaths in the Glasgow City area. Each report includes geographically reported location defined by lat/long coordinates to 2017.
Impact As open data in our portal, we are monitoring its usage on an ongoing basis. To date the data has been used in the production of a policy briefing report produced by UBDC in collaboration with Glasgow City Council entitled "Supporting Independent Living Through the Prediction and Prevention of Falls".
Start Year 2017
 
Description GPS Movement Analysis (University of St Andrews and UBDC) 
Organisation University of St Andrews
Department Department of Geography & Sustainable Development
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC researcher Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka is supporting the University of St Andrew research team around GPS movement analysis, specifically new measures for quantifying activity spaces, based on expertise and data gained through UBDC's iMCD project.
Collaborator Contribution University of St Andrews researchers Dr Urska Demsar and Jed Long are working with UBDC on this, contributing their own expertise to our data service.
Impact This work will support both new publications and data service provision to UBDC's users.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Learning Cities Network and Finnish ERDF Project: 
Organisation European Commission
Department European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC is part of this newly funded Finnish project.
Collaborator Contribution It is unclear at this stage whether funding for this project will come to UBDC - add to Further Funding section if this happens.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Learning Cities Network and Finnish ERDF Project: 
Organisation Learning Cities Networks (LCN)
Country Global 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UBDC is part of this newly funded Finnish project.
Collaborator Contribution It is unclear at this stage whether funding for this project will come to UBDC - add to Further Funding section if this happens.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Life in Data Research Network 
Organisation General Teaching Council for Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UBDC's Education Project team are working with Stirling University on this project, which was funded, but with no funds for University of Glasgow. We are bringing knowledge exchange and capacity building support to this network which aims to empower people with data.
Collaborator Contribution University of Stirling is leading this Network and the other partners are all contributing in various ways to building knowledge exchange networks around data and city life. UBDC has specifically sponsored a Life in Data / Creative Stirling event, including providing data for it as a hackday (recorded under Engagement).
Impact This project crosses disciplines of education and teaching, digital media communications, data science, and urban studies. UBDC supported a Life in Data / Creative Stirling event, including providing data for it as a hackday (recorded under Engagement).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Life in Data Research Network 
Organisation Scottish Cities Alliance
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC's Education Project team are working with Stirling University on this project, which was funded, but with no funds for University of Glasgow. We are bringing knowledge exchange and capacity building support to this network which aims to empower people with data.
Collaborator Contribution University of Stirling is leading this Network and the other partners are all contributing in various ways to building knowledge exchange networks around data and city life. UBDC has specifically sponsored a Life in Data / Creative Stirling event, including providing data for it as a hackday (recorded under Engagement).
Impact This project crosses disciplines of education and teaching, digital media communications, data science, and urban studies. UBDC supported a Life in Data / Creative Stirling event, including providing data for it as a hackday (recorded under Engagement).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Life in Data Research Network 
Organisation The Data Lab - Innovation Centre
Country Unknown 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC's Education Project team are working with Stirling University on this project, which was funded, but with no funds for University of Glasgow. We are bringing knowledge exchange and capacity building support to this network which aims to empower people with data.
Collaborator Contribution University of Stirling is leading this Network and the other partners are all contributing in various ways to building knowledge exchange networks around data and city life. UBDC has specifically sponsored a Life in Data / Creative Stirling event, including providing data for it as a hackday (recorded under Engagement).
Impact This project crosses disciplines of education and teaching, digital media communications, data science, and urban studies. UBDC supported a Life in Data / Creative Stirling event, including providing data for it as a hackday (recorded under Engagement).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Life in Data Research Network 
Organisation University of Stirling
Department Faculty of Social Science
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC's Education Project team are working with Stirling University on this project, which was funded, but with no funds for University of Glasgow. We are bringing knowledge exchange and capacity building support to this network which aims to empower people with data.
Collaborator Contribution University of Stirling is leading this Network and the other partners are all contributing in various ways to building knowledge exchange networks around data and city life. UBDC has specifically sponsored a Life in Data / Creative Stirling event, including providing data for it as a hackday (recorded under Engagement).
Impact This project crosses disciplines of education and teaching, digital media communications, data science, and urban studies. UBDC supported a Life in Data / Creative Stirling event, including providing data for it as a hackday (recorded under Engagement).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Life in Data Research Network 
Organisation Wikimedia UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UBDC's Education Project team are working with Stirling University on this project, which was funded, but with no funds for University of Glasgow. We are bringing knowledge exchange and capacity building support to this network which aims to empower people with data.
Collaborator Contribution University of Stirling is leading this Network and the other partners are all contributing in various ways to building knowledge exchange networks around data and city life. UBDC has specifically sponsored a Life in Data / Creative Stirling event, including providing data for it as a hackday (recorded under Engagement).
Impact This project crosses disciplines of education and teaching, digital media communications, data science, and urban studies. UBDC supported a Life in Data / Creative Stirling event, including providing data for it as a hackday (recorded under Engagement).
Start Year 2017
 
Description NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Referrals to Community Falls Prevention Programme 
Organisation NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired this data and made accessible as open data from its online portal. The data has been used in the production of a policy briefing report for Glasgow City Council entitled "Supporting Independent Living Through the Prediction and Prevention of Falls".
Collaborator Contribution UBDC has acquired this data and made accessible as open data from its online portal. Aggregated counts of referrals per 2011 datazone for the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to the Community Falls Prevention Program. It contains reports of referrals to the Community Falls Prevention Programme per year from 2010-2016, holding a running total for the time period per datazone. The data covers the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board area. Datazones are marked NA or missing from the dataset if nobody from those datazones took up an appointment with the service or because the recorded data is insufficient to attach the datazone. The Community Falls Prevention Program is a program run by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to help stop and advise over 65's on issues surrounding falling. http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/health-services/osteoporosis-and-falls-prevention-services/community-falls-prevention-programme/ The Data was provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Safe Haven. Set up in 2011, along with the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, Safe Haven is a centre for health data research and act as part of the Scottish branch of the Farr Institute.
Impact As open data in our Portal, we are monitoring its usage on an ongoing basis. Internally, the data has been used in the production of a policy briefing report produced by UBDC in collaboration with Glasgow City Council entitled "Supporting Independent Living Through the Prediction and Prevention of Falls".
Start Year 2017
 
Description Purdue University, USA and Tongji University, China: initiative on Big Data and Transportation 
Organisation Purdue University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC supported their initiative on Big Data and Transportation including a workshop on the topic held in Tongji University in July 2016.
Collaborator Contribution UBDC was able to use their initiative on Big Data and Transportation including a workshop on the topic held in Tongji University, to grow influence and reach and promote the Centre internationally.
Impact Unknown.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Purdue University, USA and Tongji University, China: initiative on Big Data and Transportation 
Organisation Tongji University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC supported their initiative on Big Data and Transportation including a workshop on the topic held in Tongji University in July 2016.
Collaborator Contribution UBDC was able to use their initiative on Big Data and Transportation including a workshop on the topic held in Tongji University, to grow influence and reach and promote the Centre internationally.
Impact Unknown.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Renfrewshire Council Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Renfreshire Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC will make research results available to the Council.
Collaborator Contribution Renfrewshire Council signed a data sharing agreement with UBDC to provide administrative data for housing research being carried out by the UBDC's Private Rental Housing research strand.
Impact Research has begun (see blog post and data note linked to above). This DSA has also led to a subsequent agreement on health and social care data for a UBDC_based PhD project: see under 'UBDC / Renfrewshire Council Information Sharing Protocol' in this section.
Start Year 2015
 
Description SASNet Fellowship Programme: Carla Bailo, Ohio State University 
Organisation Ohio State University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The SASNet fellowship scheme not only provides a resource to allow the Urban Big Data Centre to offer a range of training and capacity-building events to our networks and wider community of social scientists, it also provides time for the fellow to engage and interact more closely with the centre's research and services. During Carla Bailo's 3-day visit in March, we made arrangements for Carla to meet with UBDC's research and Data Services teams as well as with our stakeholders with interests in smart city innovation. Further to this, a training workshop was arranged titled 'Smart Mobility and Smart Cities - Access & Opportunities' which was attended by a large audience of around 60 people including transport planners, telecommunications consultants and academics from public policy and business (http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/smart-mobility-and-smart-cities-access-opportunities).
Collaborator Contribution Separate meetings with Carla Bailo were set up with several group within UBDC and our local partners and collaborators. A top-level meeting with UBDC management and senior researchers saw discussion on common research aims and how respective research centres are structured. She met with a smaller UBDC research group comprising postdocs and PhD students to share ideas in work relating to Smart Mobility and future transport solutions. Further to this she met Iain Docherty, Professor of Public Policy and Governance from Glasgow's Business School who is leading ongoing development work on the University's Smart Campus.
Impact As indicated above, interest in Smart Technologies span a broad range of disciplines, many of which were reached during Carla Bailo's outreach activities. In addition to the workshop and individual meetings, the visit brought about continues discussion via our social media channels and the presentation has been made available to download via the UBDC website.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SASNet Fellowship Programme: Dr Anuj Sharma, Iowa State University 
Organisation Iowa State University
Department Institute for Transportation
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The SASNet fellowship scheme not only provides a resource to allow the Urban Big Data Centre to offer a range of training and capacity-building events to our networks and wider community of social scientists, it also provides time for the fellow to engage and interact more closely with the centre's research and services. During Dr Sharma's visit, we made several arrangements for him to meet various members of the centre and some key stakeholders to discuss his transport research and aspects of his data management infrastructure. Additionally, we arranged and advertised a training workshop for him to deliver. The workshop was titled 'Data Management for Urban Transport Operations' and attended by approx. 30 people from transport industry and research backgrounds (http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2016/data-management-for-urban-transport-operations/).
Collaborator Contribution During Dr Sharma's 4 day fellowship in Glasgow, he met with 5 different groups, arranged according to their research and data management interests. Future collaborative projects were discussed and knowledge and advice was exchanged. Following the training, Dr Sharma provided a training resource for publicly available download from the UBDC website.
Impact The outcome from this collaboration to date has been in the form of improved capacity within the field of data analytics covered in the training. Additionally, through meetings and networking opportunities that were provided across disciplines including physics, engineering and social sciences, more tangible outputs would be expected in the fullness of time.
Start Year 2016
 
Description SASNet Fellowship Programme: Dr Jan Kazak, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences 
Organisation University of Wroclaw
Country Poland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This fellowship was arranged as a result of a successful application to UBDC's SASNet Fellowship Programme (terms described here: http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/sasnet/fellowship-programme/). Jan Kazak, a researcher from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland, worked with our iMCD Household Survey and Travel Diary data on a short project to study aspects of urban design - land use, accessibility of services and facilities and neighbourhood attributes - and the relationship of these aspects to the lifestyles of elderly people. Travel, accommodation and office space was arranged for Jan for his 4-week visit. Members of UBDC's iMCD project oversaw Jan's data analysis work. The UBDC data service team also helped refine Jan's research questions and guided him through the process of gaining access this secure data via eDRIS.
Collaborator Contribution Jan Kazak's work with the iMCD data provided evidence of another interesting use case for this unique data collection. As part of his visit, Jan also ran a half-day workshop titled 'Decision Support Systems in Urban Planning' that demonstrated the application of decision support software models in urban planning and shared the materials via the UBDC website resources page. It was attended by a mixed group of around 25 urban planners, councillors and academics (http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/decision-support-systems-in-urban-planning)
Impact Jan wrote a blog for the UBDC website (as per the link above) to describe the process of working on the project and the support provided by UBDC. He has recently presented this project work at an event at the University of Bristol, 'Health: the Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live' (Jan 25-26), and has a paper based on this submitted for publication to a scientific journal. He continues to expand on this strand of research in collaboration with UBDC.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SASNet Fellowship Programme: Dr Mirela Causevic, Center for Big Data Statistics (CBDS) 
Organisation Statistics Netherlands
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This fellowship was arranged as a result of a successful application to UBDC's SASNet Fellowship Programme (terms described here: http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/sasnet/fellowship-programme/). Mirela Causevic, a data scientist from the Center for Big Data Statistics (CBDS) in the Netherlands, joined UBDC for on a three-week visit in which she engaged with UBDC researchers and data service providers in an exploratory project leading to comparisons of UBDC's UK-based travel and mobility data with official statistics and data resources available to CBDS in the Netherlands. Travel, accommodation and office space was arranged for Mirela and meetings were scheduled throughout her stay with UBDC researchers and the data team. Mirela was given access to a number of UBDC transport and mobility datasets.
Collaborator Contribution As the purpose of Mirela's visit was to help strengthen ties between the two Big Data research centres, her project and subsequent presentation provided a valuable insight into each centre respective areas of expertise and ideas of projects that could benefit from both. CBS' international leadership and inspiring innovation around data makes them a valued partner and UBDC is learning a great deal about priorities and gaps facing evidence-based decision making and about where our Centre's contributions may fit in in a global context.
Impact Following on from Mirela's presentation, she provided the collaborating centres with a summary document detailing common research areas and possible research questions to collaborate on in the future. UBDC and CBS have established a positive working relationship and collaborations such as Mirela's fellowship visit offer further opportunities to share insights, best practice and data. Outputs from Mirela's fellowship visit - and further collaboration with CBS etc - will be detailed on the Partnerships page of the new UBDC website when it launches.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SASNet Fellowship Programme: Francesca Hogg, Sustrans 
Organisation Sustrans
Department Research and Monitoring Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This fellowship was arranged as a result of a successful application to UBDC's SASNet Fellowship Programme (terms described here: http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/sasnet/fellowship-programme/). It was agreed that Francesca Hogg, an Evaluation Officer at Sustrans' Newcastle office, would work on a 2-month project under the advisement of Mark Livingston (Research Associate, UBDC) to assess the impact on Sustrans' work on school cycling intervention schemes in Scotland. This involved the arrangement of several Skype meetings, visits to the UBDC, access to data, assistance with data linkage and modelling work, use of UBDC equipment and training in mapping software QGIS during UBDC's summer training programme. A workshop was arranged at the end of the fellowship scheme to share the project's findings. This workshop was titled 'Active Travel to School - The Effectiveness of School-based Travel Interventions' and was attended by a varied audience of over 50 people (http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/active-travel-to-school-the-effectiveness-of-school-based-travel-interventions/).
Collaborator Contribution As part of the fellowship agreement, Francesca provided presentations at two of our seminar events. The first was specifically to share the project results (http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/active-travel-to-school-the-effectiveness-of-school-based-travel-interventions/) and the second, to speak at a larger active travel event (http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/data-challenge-demo-day/). The collaboration also let to a data sharing agreement with UBDC planning to host Sustran's iBike, HUSS and cycle counter data via the UBDC Data Service.
Impact Sustrans are producing a case study for the UBDC website to show the impacts of certain interventions relating to active travel to school in Scotland, as a follow up to the collaboration via the SASNet fellowship and their SASNet seminar in October 2017. This is due to be published in March 2018. These results will help to select and refine successful schemes for to encourage improvements to health and transport infrastructure. This collaboration has also led to a blog on gender and active travel, which is planned for late March and ongoing dialogue through events and the data sharing agreement.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SASNet Fellowship Programme: Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster 
Organisation University of Westminster
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Rachel Aldred, a reader in Transport at the University of Westminster, visited UBDC via the SASNet Fellowship Programme to talk about her research insights into cycling injury risk through a series of meetings that were arranged for her and a seminar. Arrangements for travel and accommodation were made for her for her 3-day visit and 5 meetings were scheduled to allow her to meet with interested parties within UBDC, Glasgow City Council, Sustrans and Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Mark Livingston, a RA at UBDC introduced he to many people actively working in similar research areas and chaired her seminar.
Collaborator Contribution There was a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and research ideas throughout Rachel's meetings at UBDC and she provided a very well attended seminar. The seminar was titled 'Using Cycling Flow Data to Analyse Injury Risk', attracting an audience of around 60. Active travel and work with Strava data has proven to be a popular topic within UBDC's contact network so the seminar was an excellent opportunity for engagement and to promote UBDC's data service.
Impact Following on from Rachel Aldred's visit Mark Livingston visited the University of Westminster to talk about his UBDC work using Strava Metro data to evaluate cycling interventions. Current collaborative work includes pursuing Strava data for London from TFL to increase UBDC's overall UK coverage for Strava data and UBDC are also in the process of developing some joint research proposals with her.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SASNet Fellowship Programme: Steven Ramage, World Meteorological Organization 
Organisation World Meteorological Organization
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The SASNet fellowship scheme not only provides a resource to allow the Urban Big Data Centre to offer a range of training an capacity-building events to our networks and wider community of social scientists, it also provides time for the fellow to engage and interact more closely with the centre's research and services. During Mr Ramage's visit, we made several arrangements for him to meet various members of the centre and some key stakeholders to discuss his variety of advisory roles and future ambitions to broaden the knowledge and use of open geospatial data standards. Additionally, we arranged and advertised a training workshop for him to deliver. The workshop was titled 'An Introduction to Open Geospatial Standards' and attended by approx. 40 people with interests ranging from data security to tourism (http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2016/an-introduction-to-open-geospatial-standards/).
Collaborator Contribution During Steven Ramage's 3-day fellowship in Glasgow, he met with 3 different groups, arranged according to their research interests. Future collaborative projects were discussed and in particularly, one whereby UBDC could expand their open data portal offerings by linking with the data available via the WMO and OGC portals. Discussions relating to the technical delivery of this are ongoing. Following the training, a training resource was made publicly available for download from the UBDC website.
Impact The outcome from this collaboration to date has been in the form of improved capacity within the field of data analytics covered in the training. Additionally through meetings and networking opportunities that were provided during the visit, more tangible outputs would be expected in the fullness of time. As mentioned above, collaboration between our data management team and Mr Ramage in ongoing with a view to consolidating geospatial datasets on our open data portals.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Scottish Informatics and Linkage Collaboration (SILC) 
Organisation Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC as part of this partnership delivers an end-to-end service for secure / safelab administrative data research. We find projects with impactful objectives around urban big data research and support them in finalising needed data sharing agreements, privacy impact assessments, etc.
Collaborator Contribution These partners provide the physical 'safelab' facilities for UBDC's Controlled Data Service users, plus other infrastructure such as expert staff to do secure data linkage.
Impact Delivery of data and services to internal UBDC projects (Education and Housing) plus 7 external Controlled Data Service projects under way. Co-delivery of Data Linkage Scotland event which raised awareness of UBDC's services. UBDC has delivered two training workshops (in Glasgow and Manchester) introducing researchers to the use of SILC facilities via UBDC, from which UBDC has already had several enquiries.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Scottish Informatics and Linkage Collaboration (SILC) 
Organisation Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC as part of this partnership delivers an end-to-end service for secure / safelab administrative data research. We find projects with impactful objectives around urban big data research and support them in finalising needed data sharing agreements, privacy impact assessments, etc.
Collaborator Contribution These partners provide the physical 'safelab' facilities for UBDC's Controlled Data Service users, plus other infrastructure such as expert staff to do secure data linkage.
Impact Delivery of data and services to internal UBDC projects (Education and Housing) plus 7 external Controlled Data Service projects under way. Co-delivery of Data Linkage Scotland event which raised awareness of UBDC's services. UBDC has delivered two training workshops (in Glasgow and Manchester) introducing researchers to the use of SILC facilities via UBDC, from which UBDC has already had several enquiries.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Spatial Interaction Modelling (Arizona State University and UBDC) 
Organisation Arizona State University
Department School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC researcher Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka has been working with researchers at ASU on topics related to spatial interaction modelling, bringing expertise gained at UDC.
Collaborator Contribution Prof. Stewart Fotheringham from ASU is bringing his own expertise in the area of spatial interaction modelling to this collaboration with UBDC.
Impact This collaboration will lead to scientific outputs including publications and provision of data services to users at UBDC.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UBDC / AURIN Memorandum of Understanding 
Organisation University of Melbourne
Department Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has met with key people from AURIN, and hosted an AURIN Board Member visit to our Centre to discuss matters of mutual interest.
Collaborator Contribution AURIN staff have visited UBDC and presented on their work and experiences to UBDC staff.
Impact A signed MOU with the Australian Urban Infrastructure Research Network (AURIN) to establish our cooperative research relationship and explore joint projects together. Project development is ongoing. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary as both Centres involve a wide range of disciplines involved in researching urban issues.
Start Year 2014
 
Description UBDC / BlueSky LiDAR Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Bluesky International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The UBDC data service has agreed with BlueSky to make their LiDAR data for the Glasgow area (2003) available for non-commercial research purposes to users. UBDC has also used this data in developing materials that promote BlueSky's involvement.
Collaborator Contribution LiDAR - Light Detection and Ranging - is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth. LiDAR data is extremely accurate 3D data generated from sensors on the ground or on airplanes. These accurate models have uses for local government planners who need detailed structural plans of the city. LiDAR is also regularly used by archaeologists, computer scientists, and civil engineering companies. This data is available as part of UBDC's Safeguarded Data Collection. Data owner: BlueSky Coverage (geographical): Glasgow Coverage (time): 2003 Who can use this data? Only academic research users
Impact The LiDAR Data available at UBDC has been requested by a number of internal and external users (ca 50 requests to date). It is a key component of our integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) collection. It has been used to develop a planning map for Glasgow University's Western Infirmary site development, and has also been used to create a popular graphic that UBDC has made available of traffic flows in Glasgow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzpRUuDjiO4 Research publications based on this data are in progress.
Start Year 2015
 
Description UBDC / British Geological Survey Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation British Geological Survey
Department Accessing Subsurface Knowledge Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC offering BGS CUSP data for the Glasgow region in our Safeguarded Data Collection for urban and data science researchers is extending the impact of this data, which has previously mainly been used by engineers and other technical planning operations.
Collaborator Contribution Licensing of BGS CUSP data for the Greater Glasgow and the Clyde estuary and catchment areas from the CUSP project, so that non-commercial research use can be made of the data within urban studies / urban science and data science.
Impact UBDC anticipates using the data internally on data models, visualisations, urban indicators and more, plus we have had several enquiries to use the data from external users leading to strong potential for KE and policy-related impact in Glasgow and Scotland, including from colleagues interested in the data's applications within the ESRC Understanding Inequalities project.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UBDC / DCLG Data Sharing Agreement - Zoopla data 
Organisation Department for Communities and Local Government
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The UK Department for Communities and Local Government entered into a sub-licensing agreement with UBDC to access Zoopla property listings data in our Safeguarded Data Collection, to support real time tracking of housing market information and explore methods for matching the data to other administrative datasets.
Collaborator Contribution We remain in dialogue with DCLG regarding outputs from their use of this data.
Impact We expect that government will produce outputs from their use of Zoopla and similar data that offer compelling public interest benefits.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Essex County Council Data Sharing Agreement - Zoopla data 
Organisation Essex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Essex County Council entered into a sub-licensing agreement with UBDC to access Zoopla property listings data in support of their pursuit of new, innovative and commercially driven ways of addressing the increase and diversity of population, housing and jobs.
Collaborator Contribution This project was eventually cancelled by Essex County Council.
Impact None.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UBDC / Experian Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Experian
Country Ireland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired from Experian its GOAD Retail Address data, offering a perspective of commercial retail properties across five separate years.
Collaborator Contribution Goad Plan Data Experian is a dataset with retail areas within urban areas across the whole UK and Ireland; its comprehensiveness and time period coverage has the potential to support high quality research through both coverage and geographic linkability; and the data is "naturally occurring" in that it is collated by a company for use in planning and marketing commercial ventures in cities.
Impact Data in use in various internal and external projects associated with commercial retail. 16 requests for this data have been received to date.
Start Year 2018
 
Description UBDC / Glasgow City Council Data Sharing Agreement - Strava data 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Glasgow City Council entered into a sub-licensing agreement with UBDC to access Strava Metro data from our Safeguarded Data Collection, to inform infrastructural planning and development.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration is in the process of identifying a strategic access network for the Glasgow City Region which includes walking and cycling. The purpose of this exercise is to inform the development of a Green Network "Blueprint" for the next regional city plan (which will replace the Strategic Development Plan - Clydeplan). The under lying principle is that as far as is possible the Green Network should facilitate the movement of people around the city region to places of work and education, for recreation and a myriad of other activities.
Impact We hope to identify policy impact based on the use of this data within Glasgow.
Start Year 2018
 
Description UBDC / Glasgow City Council Over-65s Falls Data 2011 - 15 Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired data from ISD Scotland that can be shared under an open licence. The UBDC collaborative project "Supporting independent living through the prediction and prevention of falls", with Glasgow City Council, has made this and other data more widely available, and produced a policy briefing report for the use of Glasgow City Council.
Collaborator Contribution UBDC has acquired data from ISD Scotland that can be shared under an open licence. The dataset provides information about falls among people 65 and older. The data covers Glasgow City Council area for years ending 31 March 2011-2015. Data is provided by 2011 datazones. The data was purchased from Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland) by UBDC for the collaborative project "Supporting independent living through the prediction and prevention of falls" between UBDC and Glasgow City Council. The data comes from two main sources: • Scottish Morbidity Records (SMR01 - General / Acute Inpatient and Day Case). Data is based on year of discharge from hospital. Population data is from National Records of Scotland (NRS). More on SMR 01 http://www.ndc.scot.nhs.uk/Data-Dictionary/SMR-Datasets//SMR01-General-Acute-Inpatient-and-Day-Case/ • Unscheduled Care Datamart (UCD) - The UCD is populated by data from a variety of services. These data come from NHS 24 and the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS).
Impact As open data in our Portal, we are monitoring its usage on an ongoing basis. Internally, the data has been used in the production of a policy briefing report produced by UBDC in collaboration with Glasgow City Council entitled "Supporting Independent Living Through the Prediction and Prevention of Falls".
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Glasgow City Council Over-65s Falls Data 2011 - 15 Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Information Services Division (ISD)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired data from ISD Scotland that can be shared under an open licence. The UBDC collaborative project "Supporting independent living through the prediction and prevention of falls", with Glasgow City Council, has made this and other data more widely available, and produced a policy briefing report for the use of Glasgow City Council.
Collaborator Contribution UBDC has acquired data from ISD Scotland that can be shared under an open licence. The dataset provides information about falls among people 65 and older. The data covers Glasgow City Council area for years ending 31 March 2011-2015. Data is provided by 2011 datazones. The data was purchased from Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland (part of NHS National Services Scotland) by UBDC for the collaborative project "Supporting independent living through the prediction and prevention of falls" between UBDC and Glasgow City Council. The data comes from two main sources: • Scottish Morbidity Records (SMR01 - General / Acute Inpatient and Day Case). Data is based on year of discharge from hospital. Population data is from National Records of Scotland (NRS). More on SMR 01 http://www.ndc.scot.nhs.uk/Data-Dictionary/SMR-Datasets//SMR01-General-Acute-Inpatient-and-Day-Case/ • Unscheduled Care Datamart (UCD) - The UCD is populated by data from a variety of services. These data come from NHS 24 and the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS).
Impact As open data in our Portal, we are monitoring its usage on an ongoing basis. Internally, the data has been used in the production of a policy briefing report produced by UBDC in collaboration with Glasgow City Council entitled "Supporting Independent Living Through the Prediction and Prevention of Falls".
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Glasgow City Council Project Collaboration 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In collaboration with the Glasgow City Council, the project 'Supporting independent living' aimed to understand the reasons behind falls among the elderly, through the analysis of various data sources, including open data available from the UBDC, so that effective strategies can be developed to prevent them. UBDC sourced and acquired the relevant data for the project and provided an intern (from the Q-Step Programme) to assist with the final report.
Collaborator Contribution Glasgow offered initial context to the issue and explored availability of their own data to share in support of the research outcomes.
Impact As an outcome of this work UBDC produced a policy briefing report summarising the pattern of falls in the elderly population in Glasgow City and making several recommendations in order to inform effective interventions on falls prevention. The Centre also now has open data acquired and developed for this project available to researchers in the Open Data Portal: http://ubdc.gla.ac.uk/dataset/fms-glasgow-to-2017, http://ubdc.gla.ac.uk/dataset/gcc-over65-falls-2011-15 and http://ubdc.gla.ac.uk/dataset/nhs-ggc-cfpp-referrals-2010-16, and a blog post describing the work for the general reader: http://ubdc.ac.uk/news/2018/january/supporting-independent-living-by-preventing-falls/.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UBDC / Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Higher Education Statistical Agency
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired from HESA data on students, qualifiers and leavers 2000/01-2015/16 at UK HE providers. In its raw form the data is accessible to only named authorised researchers but UBDC is permitted to produce aggregate derived datasets for wider distribution for academic research use.
Collaborator Contribution HESA has made the data available to named researchers from UBDC's Educational Place and Disadvantage project but permits the production and wider sharing (for academic use) of derived aggregate datasets.
Impact The data provided will benefit the UBDC Educational Place and Disadvantage project to continue to develop a whole-of-life picture of educational journeys and outcomes, in association with previous data acquisitions including data acquired from UCAS and the Scottish Government. We expect wider research audiences to similarly benefit from aggregate datasets that will be made available. Future plans for linkage of this data with other data acquired are summarised in this blog post by UBDC researcher Phil Mason: http://ubdc.ac.uk/news/2018/february/educational-trajectories-and-place-based-disadvantage-looking-deeper-and-wider/
Start Year 2018
 
Description UBDC / Lokku Limited (Nestoria) Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Lokku Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC has become the UK distributor for data from the Nestoria housing advertisement website, for non-commercial research use. We enable research with scientific and public benefit impact to be done with the data, which provides Nestoria with positive publicity.
Collaborator Contribution UBDC has permission from Lokku Limited to make data downloaded from the Nestoria property search engine for Glasgow, and subsequently the whole UK, for non-commercial research use. The data covers both sales and rental properties advertised and was collected daily from Nestoria. The data includes the summary description of the property, advertised price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, updates, image links and location (lat/lon). Coverage (geographical): Glasgow region (G postcodes and selected PA postcodes); now collecting UK-wide data. Format: Monthly sales or rentals files in csv format.
Impact Nestoria's data has evinced some interest with UBDC's data service users, both within the UBDC consortium, and with external users with ca 35 requests to date. However, over time it has been overtaken by the Zoopla data collection, as ongoing research and investigation has shown the Nestoria data to not be as useful for housing research. Nevertheless, it is still sometimes requested and remains in our Safeguarded Data Collection.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UBDC / ONS Data Sharing Agreement - Zoopla data 
Organisation Office for National Statistics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ONS entered into a sub-licensing agreement with UBDC to access Zoopla property listings data held in our Safeguarded Data Collection, to inform their feasibility studies in estimating types of properties, characteristics of properties and house sales and rental market.
Collaborator Contribution ONS has published a report into "Rent price statistics for small areas, Great Britain: 2012 to 2016" using data provided by UBDC. Their Big Data Team have also used the Zoopla for investigating 'Caravans and gated communities: homes or holiday properties?', with an ONS article published in April 2018: https://digitalblog.ons.gov.uk/2017/06/21/happy-campers-using-machine-learning-to-identify-caravans-in-zoopla-data/ and code from their work on the ONS public GitHub: https://github.com/ONSBigData/housing_clf.
Impact As well as sharing data with ONS we supported their Data Dive using Housing Data with data and staff support, plus one entrant (under Engagement) and hope to continue to engage on methodological aspects, including with ONS Data Science Campus which was established in 2016.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Registers of Scotland Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Registers of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has become a distributor of Registers of Scotland All Sales Property data for non-commercial academic use. We enable research with scientific and public benefit impact to take place, promoting the data and Registers of Scotland's activities and driving wider usage of their services.
Collaborator Contribution RoS has provided access to Current and Historic All Sales data for Scotland, covering 2003 to the January 2019, with new and updated data retrieved on a monthly basis. Reports comprise details of Master, Address, Granter and Applicant. For each registered entry the data includes Application Date, Title Number, Application Number, Application Type, Price Paid, Value, Property Address, Property Easting and Northing and OSAPR, Land Class, Date of Entry an Deed Code information. Property types are also supplied under the terms of the agreement. Projects wishing to use the additional Granter Name/Address and Applicant Name/Address data are required to apply separately via UBDC (UBDC does not hold this information, which may be classified personal data). UBDC is permitted to share for academic research use, although each usage outwith University of Glasgow incurs an additional licensing fee, to be paid by UBDC.
Impact These data will be used by a range of internal UBDC projects and in the development of platforms such as SUDS that aim to present a multidimensional representation of the world through combining data collections. It is also being used by our externally approved project "Integrating Data and Interests within an Urban Retailing System". We have been marketing this dataset for 2 months, for external usage, and have received a number of applications, including work exploring fiscal and energy policy impact. At present three projects (two related PhDs and a contribution to UBDC's sister BDN2 Centre CDRC's small area data validatio work) are approved and in process.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Renfrewshire Council Information Sharing Protocol 
Organisation Renfrewshire Council
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired data from Renfrewshire Council for the "Health and Social Care" Controlled Data Service project, accessible only to named researchers via the eDRIS National Safe Haven facility. The researcher is working closely with the Council and sharing research results to support their understanding of their data and assist with planning.
Collaborator Contribution The data provided by Renfrewshire Council comprises demographic and social care (care plan, self-directed support, home care, meals, equipment and adaptions, care home, day care, and respite) data from 1st April 2006 to 31st March 2016.
Impact We expect to see scientific and public interest benefits as the research continues. A quote from the partner organisation: "Danny McAllion, Data Analytics and Research Manager at Renfrewshire council, said "This research will help move forward our understanding of how social care is currently delivered and assist us in improving the design and delivery of our services. Working with the UBDC has been a valuable experience and a good example of academia and Local Government sharing resources and expertise. We'll look for opportunities to work with them again in the future."
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Scotlands Towns Partnership Data Sharing Agreement - Zoopla data 
Organisation Scotland's Towns Partnership
PI Contribution Scotland's Towns Partnership, part of a consortium that includes Scottish Government, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), and the University of Stirling, entered into a sub-licensing agreement with UBDC to access Zoopla property listings data to create a locality-level house price indicator as part of the Understanding Scottish Places platform (USP, http://www.usp.scot). USP is used for non-commercial research purposes, primarily by local authorities, public servants and planning consultants.
Collaborator Contribution We remain in dialogue with STP regarding the publication of these indicators, which we have been advised will appear in April 2018.
Impact Scotland's Towns Partnership (STP) is a Government funded agency for town centre regeneration set up at the end of 2014. USP is a world first data platform modelling all Scottish towns with populations greater than 1000 (479 towns in total). The platform allows users to interrogate towns based on real data - an audit will show weak spots and areas for improvement for Local Authorities to take action. As of mid-2017 the site had received 155k visits. In addition to UBDC data, the resource uses a combination of sources, mainly census based.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Scottish Government Data Sharing Agreement - Education Analytical Services (EAS) 
Organisation Government of Scotland
Department Education Analytical Services Division
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired under license data from Scottish Government EAS to support named researchers from the UBDC Educational Place and Disadvantage project to explore how place shapes educational disadvantage and learning success and seeking to define the 'spatial school system' in Glasgow City region. The data is accessible only to named researchers via UBDC's Controlled Data Service, using the eDRIS National Safe Haven facility.
Collaborator Contribution Data shared by Scottish Government includes Pupil Census (S4, S5 and S6 for years 2006/07 to 2014/15), school leavers (2006/07 - 2014/15), school attendance and absence (S4, S5 or S6 for years 2006/07-2014/15) and school level variables for secondary schools 2006/07-2014/15. The data are shared at individual level for Glasgow City and the surrounding seven local authorities.
Impact The data is being used by the UBDC Educational Place and Disadvantage project in association with other datasets acquired to support that project. Publications and other outputs are expected. One recent outcome has been the funding awarded by the British Council to some members of the Education research team, for their 'Impact Study of British Council School Programmes', which will include use of the data acquired through this partnership. The grant is over £66,000 and is noted in the Further Funding section. We also have a blog update on progress by UBDC researcher Phil Mason, here: http://ubdc.ac.uk/news/2018/february/educational-trajectories-and-place-based-disadvantage-looking-deeper-and-wider/
Start Year 2016
 
Description UBDC / Scottish Government Data Sharing Agreement - Health and Social Care 
Organisation Government of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired data for its "Health and Social Care" Controlled Data Service project. This work will provide scientific and public benefit impacts.
Collaborator Contribution UBDC has acquired data for its "Health and Social Care" Controlled Data Service project, accessible only to named researchers via the eDRIS National Safe Haven facility. The data to be provided comprises NHS NSS data (SMR01, SMR04, AE2, PIS), Community Health Index (CHI) data, Social Care Survey 2012 - 16 data (Scottish Government) and Death Registrations data (National Records of Scotland). Data are generally from 2010 - 2015, with CHI for births before 1951 and still alive at end of March 2016.
Impact We expect to see scientific and public interest benefits as the research continues. See also under UBDC / Renfrewshire Council Information Sharing Protocol in this section.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Scottish Government Data Sharing Agreement - Looked After Children 
Organisation Government of Scotland
Department Education Analytical Services Division
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired data for its "Looked After Children" Controlled Data Service project, accessible only to named researchers via the eDRIS National Safe Haven facility
Collaborator Contribution The data provided by Scottish Government EAS comprises Schools data (pupil census) and Looked After Children data (CLAS) from 2009, to be linked with non-Scottish Government sources from NRS (birth and death registrations) and health data SMR 00,01,02,04, Prescribing Information Systems, and A&E admissions.
Impact We expect to see scientific and public interest benefits as the research continues. The project lead has also looked into getting a PhD student to work on this research.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / South Tyneside Council Data Sharing Agreement - Strava data 
Organisation South Tyneside Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution South Tyneside Council entered into a sub-licensing agreement with UBDC to access Strava Metro data from our Safeguarded Data Collection, to inform its upcoming Cycling and Walking Investment Plan and the development of schemes, both Capital and Revenue for the next several years.
Collaborator Contribution The work is to enhance existing efforts using the Propensity to Cycle Model, in order to provide a robust evidence base to validate and justify financial investments into their network.
Impact We will continue to liaise with the Council to track benefits and impacts.
Start Year 2018
 
Description UBDC / Springboard Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Springboard
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired Springboard footfall data to make available for academic and public sector research usage.
Collaborator Contribution Springboard has provided access under licence to a dataset comprising average weekly footfall by town and average weekly footfall by specific locations in fifteen UK towns and cities. Coverage includes a total of 48 counting locations across Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Reading, Southampton and York. Weekly counts are provided from January 2013 to December 2017.
Impact These data are being used in a variety of internal and external research projects, exploring issues including the future of commercial retail, and energy and fiscal policy. To date, 13 requests for these data have been received.
Start Year 2018
 
Description UBDC / Stirling University / NHS Scotland Public Benefits and Privacy Panel Approval 
Organisation NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC's Controlled Data Service Project "Life Unleaded: investigating the effects of public interventions to reduce water lead pollution on infants and children's health" will allow a researcher based at the University of Stirling carry out research of scientific importance and public benefit impact.
Collaborator Contribution UBDC's Controlled Data Service Project "Life Unleaded: investigating the effects of public interventions to reduce water lead pollution on infants and children's health" has had its public benefits and privacy panel application to use health data approved. The data will be made accessible to named researchers via the eDRIS National Safe Haven. The data to be provided and linked includes SMR 01 and SMR 02 health data as well as death and birth registrations data from NRS for a variety of years, mostly between 1975 and 2000.
Impact We expect to see scientific and public interest benefits as the research progresses.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Stirling University / NHS Scotland Public Benefits and Privacy Panel Approval 
Organisation University of Stirling
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC's Controlled Data Service Project "Life Unleaded: investigating the effects of public interventions to reduce water lead pollution on infants and children's health" will allow a researcher based at the University of Stirling carry out research of scientific importance and public benefit impact.
Collaborator Contribution UBDC's Controlled Data Service Project "Life Unleaded: investigating the effects of public interventions to reduce water lead pollution on infants and children's health" has had its public benefits and privacy panel application to use health data approved. The data will be made accessible to named researchers via the eDRIS National Safe Haven. The data to be provided and linked includes SMR 01 and SMR 02 health data as well as death and birth registrations data from NRS for a variety of years, mostly between 1975 and 2000.
Impact We expect to see scientific and public interest benefits as the research progresses.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Strava (Metro) Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Strava, Inc
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC is, as a result of this agreement, the UK distributor for UK Strava Metro data from Strava's cycling and walking app, for research use (apart from London data, which is subject to a Strava agreement with TfL). We enable research in any sector, with scientific and public benefit impact, to be done with the data, and use it ourselves in our internal research programmes and SUDS Urban Indicators collection.
Collaborator Contribution Strava is a social network for athletes, recording data from its users who upload cycle rides and running activity via smartphone or GPS device. This dataset, now available in UBDC's Safeguarded Data Collection for research users, currently comprises anonymised data from Strava users in Scotland, Manchester, Sheffield, and Tyne and Wear (including Newcastle). The Strava Metro aggregate information provides GIS compatible data that offer a minute by minute count of users at street level and wait times at intersections based on the Open Street Map roads network. The origin and destination of trips is also available, resolved to census output areas. Data owner: Strava Inc.; Coverage (geographical): Scotland, Tyne & Wear, Manchester, Sheffield; Coverage (time): 2015 - 2018 (quarterly data deliveries), except Sheffield - 2017 only, data corresponding solely to Glasgow is also available for 2013 and 2014; Who can use this data? Anyone; Format: Supplied as ESRI .shp file and csv format.
Impact Strava data has proven very popular with UBDC's data service users, both within the UBDC consortium, and with external users. We have had requests from academics at all levels and from many disciplines, local authorities, public bodies, campaign groups and private individuals to use this data. Approximate requests to date are: Strava (Glasgow): 72; Strava (Scotland): 77; Strava (Tyne and Wear): 48; Strava (Manchester (24). Strava (Sheffield) has not been released for use at time of writing but there has been interest shown from stakeholders already. Research applications include pilot work to explore the influence that road lighting has on cycling activity in several English cities; crash modelling work in a range of UK locations; and research into the effectiveness of resource investment into active travel. In terms of wider policy influence, we are providing Strava data to facilitate planning activities undertaken by Nestrans, the Transport Partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire. Several organisations including Cycling Scotland and South Tyneside Council are using Strava to explore cycling potential and propensity to cycle to validate and incentivise infrastructural investments. We have also attracted ca. 140 additional users of Strava data through participation in data challenge and hack day events administered internally by UBDC as well as in partnership with ONS and Alan Turing Institute, and as part of ProductForge's Public Health hackathon (in collaboration with the NHS). UBDC's own Active Travel Data Challenge and Demo Day brought in ca 40 people from activist, third sector, academic, government and commercial backgrounds and this has lead to several partnership projects. Finally, the permissive terms and conditions of the Strava Metro data has enabled diverse types of engagement with several commercial organisations - we are working with multinational planning companies Sweco and Arup to support their work with local authorities to validate infrastructural investment decisions using Strava data; supporting the improvement of customer insights for ScotRail; and providing Strava data for ESRI (the publisher of leading GIS platform ArcGIS) to develop and demonstrate its visualisation functionality.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UBDC / UCAS Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has acquired under license data relating to UK students' applications for entry to UK HE institutions from 2000 to 2015. The data's usage is limited to University of Glasgow researchers.
Collaborator Contribution Our data collection from UCAS comprises aggregated queried data for full- and part-time students (UK and non-UK domiciled) from years of entry to Higher Education study for years 2000 to 2015 inclusive.
Impact The data are being used by the UBDC Educational Place and Disadvantage project: http://ubdc.ac.uk/research/ubdc-staff-research-projects/neighbourhoods-housing-and-educational-opportunity/ - in association with other datasets acquired to support that project. Publications and other outputs are expected from that project. UBDC also retained the services of Q-Step intern Euan Murphie to create an openly available Data Note summarising this data (see under Publications) and co-author a blog post for the general reader about it: http://ubdc.ac.uk/news/2017/may/ucas-application-and-applicant-analysis/
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Welsh Government Data Sharing Agreement - Zoopla data 
Organisation Government of Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Several staff members on behalf of the Welsh Government have entered into sub-licensing agreements with UBDC to access Zoopla property listings data to improve knowledge of Welsh housing trends and the Welsh housing market.
Collaborator Contribution We remain in dialogue with colleagues regarding outputs from their use of this data.
Impact We expect that governments will produce outputs from their use of Zoopla and similar data that offer compelling public interest benefits.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UBDC / Zoopla Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation Zoopla Property Group Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC is the UK distributor for data from the Zoopla housing advertisement website, for any non-commercial use (including research and teaching). We enable research with scientific and public benefit impact to be done with the data, which provides Zoopla with positive publicity, as well as giving them information in support of their own data business model.
Collaborator Contribution UBDC has permission from Zoopla Property Group Ltd to make data downloaded from their property website for the whole UK, for non-commercial research use. Zoopla is one of the UK's leading providers of property data for consumers and property professionals, giving free access to information on 27,000,000 homes, up to 1,000,000 property listings and 15 years of sold prices data. UBDC is licensed by Zoopla to 1) provide access to original or resulting data (including historical data) to registered researchers and 2) publish online aggregate data (at Datazone level) comprising counts of the number of advertisements for rental properties and average rentals and counts of the number of advertisements for properties for sale and average prices. Coverage (geographical): United Kingdom. Coverage (time): 2010 to current. Format: JSON or CSV or similar tabular format.
Impact Zoopla data has proven popular with UBDC's data service users, both within the UBDC consortium, and with external users, with ca 60 requests to date. This data is contributing to UBDC's own housing sector research, which will have direct impact on housing service provision and policy. Among the most prominent external users of these data has been ONS, who have been using Zoopla data provided by UBDC in several feasibility studies, to estimate types of properties in local areas, characteristics of properties and the house sales and rental market. This has generated wider enthusiasm for the data, including from the Department of Communities and Local Government who have sublicensed the Zoopla data to support real time tracking of housing market information and explore methods for matching the data to other administrative datasets. Also linked to government, the Zoopla data is being used by a consortium of organisations commissioned by the Scottish Government and led by the Carnegie UK Trust, and also includes Scotland's Towns Partnership (STP), the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and the University of Stirling to create a locality-level house price indicator as part of the Understanding Scottish Places platform (USP, http://www.usp.scot). USP is used for non-commercial research purposes, primarily by local authorities, public servants and planning consultants. External academic research using the Zoopla data has explored the impact of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax reform; sought to evaluate the impact of windfarms on nearby house prices; explored seasonality of house prices; interpreted aggregated gas and electricity consumption data at postcode level, in pursuit of an understanding of the correlation with census demographic information and the underlying buildings; and, in the ESRC funded Accessibility, Social justice and Transport emission Impacts of transit-oriented Development strategies (ASTRID) project, investigated the causal mechanisms underlying disparity and social injustice in job accessibility and air quality in metropolitan areas, and the potential of transit-oriented development to promote social justice (Zoopla data from UBDC is being used for a study on affordability of environmental quality and job accessibility in London's segmented housing market).
Start Year 2016
 
Description UBDC Chicago Project working with OAI in Workforce Development, OAI, Inc 
Organisation OAI, Inc
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC's University of Illinois at Chicago project has a partnership with OAI, Inc., based in Chicago, that does Workforce Development. They work in different communities to enhance skills and connect job searchers to employers. They also run a program that pays for child care assistance for those who need it to participate in skills training and job finding. The project has a working relationship with the organization to inform the Agent Based Model (ABM) under development, based on their practical experience. They are also interested in what the ABM model predicts as effective strategies/policies in combating economic exclusion. Through this partnership there is the possibility to use the model in outreach to policy makers regarding which efforts/policies to support.
Collaborator Contribution Contributing data from their practical experience with the workforce in Chicago, to inform the ABM the project is developing.
Impact No outcomes to report yet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description UBDC Sheffield / ESRC Urban Inequalities collaboration 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC's Sheffield University Co-Investigator, Prof Gwilym Pryce and his team collaborated with the ESRC Urban Inequalities project by supporting them to use their 'visibility of green space' algorithm and outputs to look at the impact of inequality on health and wellbeing.
Collaborator Contribution Unknown.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2018
 
Description UBDC research collaboration with Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences (WUELS) 
Organisation Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
PI Contribution UBDC researcher Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka has a research collaboration where she is involved in a set of research projects related to human mobility analysis using big data such as mobile phone records, mobile apps' data etc. They have applied for two grants together, with success on the second one (recorded under Further Funding).
Collaborator Contribution Early findings from the research collaboration were presented at a health conference in Bristol in January 2018 (http://architecturemps.com/bristol-2018 - in Engagement).
Impact Climate-KIC Pathfinder grant (see under Further Funding). Dr Jan Kazak was then invited for a four-month SASNet Fellowship at UBDC in 2017 (in Internships / Fellowships section), where he carried out research using UBDC's iMCD data and presented a workshop and wrote a blog post on his findings. Future publications expexted.
Start Year 2016
 
Title Data visualisation and statistical modelling of spatial and spatio-temporal areal data 
Description This openly available RShiny app was created by the UBDC Maths & Statistics Visualisation team. It allows the user to upload their own dataset. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact None noted yet. 
URL https://cchanial.shinyapps.io/generic_app/
 
Title Gentrification and Crime in the City of Chicago 
Description This is an openly available RShiny application created by UBDC's Maths & Statistics Visualisation team, designed to allow users to look at spatio-temporal data collected from the 77 communities of the city of Chicago, with the application providing numeric and visual exploratory analysis tools. The data refer to the total number of crimes in each community from 2002 to 2015. These are comprised of different categories of selected crimes and offences. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact None noted yet. 
URL https://cchanial.shinyapps.io/chicago_app/
 
Title Glasgow in Motion: Explore where people walk, run, and cycle in Scotland's largest city 
Description An open web tool allowing people to visualise movement around Glasgow against various backdrops (greenspaces, transport links, the most popular cycling routes, the quality of air, or how pedestrians respond to weather). Through Glasgow in Motion, users can view and interact with data through time, to better understand movement and other factors that affect Glasgow residents every day. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact None noted yet. 
URL http://nullmighty-static.com/ubdc/ukcity8/public/
 
Title MATLAB code for dynamic spatial panel modelling 
Description Development of MATLAB software to enable estimation, simulation and graphical output of dynamic spatial panel model. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact This is the first iteration of a MATLAB application being developed by UBDC's Cambridge University based team. It is currently only available within the project research team, but will contribute to public visualisations and other UBDC outputs later in the project. 
 
Title MLID: Multilevel Index of Dissimilarity 
Description Developed by Prof. Rich Harris, a UBDC Co-I, based at Bristol University. The MLID package provides tools and functions for studying ethnic and social segregation with a multilevel index of dissimilarity that measures uneveness, spatial clustering and scale differences simultaneously. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact This tool forms parts of a special session at the forthcoming ESRC Research Methods Festival 2018, highlighting new approaches and software for measuring and modelling segregation. 
URL https://github.com/profrichharris/MLID
 
Title Number of crimes and offences committed in the datazones of Glasgow in 2011 
Description This openly available RShiny application, created by the UBDC Maths & Statistics Visualisation team, is designed to allow users to look at spatial data collected from Glasgow, with the application providing numeric and visual exploratory analysis tools. The data refer to the total number of crimes in each datazone in Glasgow. These are comprised of 5 different categories of selected crimes and offences (crimes of violence, domestic housebreakings, drugs offences, minor assault, and vandalisms). Data are not available for 8 out of 693 datazones of Glasgow. Information on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) and the Community safety index of Priority (CSG) descriptions of the Spatial model that can be used to fit the data, are given below. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact None noted yet. 
URL https://cchanial.shinyapps.io/spatial_app/
 
Title Poverty and Housing Tenure Explorer 
Description The Poverty and Housing Tenure Explorer was developed to support research on the re-growth of private renting in the UK by Nick Bailey. His analysis examined how this major change in UK housing was affecting people living in poverty. A paper reporting the results of that analysis will be available shortly. The data behind the explorer come from the UK Government's Family Resources Survey (FRS) and the associated Households Below Average Income (HBAI) datasets. Both were accessed from the UK Data Service (https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/). That site has full details of survey methodology and other technical information. The FRS/HBAI data cover the years 1994/5 to 2016/17 and include approximately 1.3 million individuals - 1 million adults and 300,000 children. The dataset for the visualiser was produced by Nick Bailey by aggregating the original data by tenure, region and poverty status, for each year of age and year of survey. Some smoothing is applied to the dataset to reduce noise and ensure privacy. The code (SPSS syntax) used to produce the dataset will be available through the UKDS webpage associated with the FRS data shortly. The aggregated dataset is available to download. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The aim of the data explorer is to allow freedom for people to explore the data in many more ways than can be presented in a single paper. As well as permitting users to vary the colour scheme (accommodating people with different forms of colour vision impairment), it allows people to compare trends between regions and to examine how different measures of poverty affect the results. Tenure trends are also available for individual years, ages and cohorts by region and poverty status http://shiny.ubdc.ac.uk/data_explorer_adult. 
 
Title Python Code for Retrieving Zoopla Historical Listings Data 
Description This process was set up in order to facilitate data collection from Zoopla's Historical listings API. In Zoopla, two strands of data are available: 1. Historical Listings, which are retrieved from the Zoopla Historical API occasionally. 2. Daily/Current Listings, which are retrieved from the Zoopla Daily Listings API on a daily basis. The software checks the existing database of the Daily Zoopla listings and selects the ones that seem to leave the market after three consecutive days. For each corresponding property an updated historical record is being requested using the Historical Listings API. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Data retrieval has been made more straightforward and robust. 
 
Title R Code for Analysing Social Care Data for Renfrewshire 
Description PhD researcher David Henderson is using social care data provided by Renfrewshire Council, a data sharing agreement brokered by UBDC, with the data made available through the UBDC Controlled Data Service. He has shared some code he has used to create initial charts and graphs on this data, as seen in his early report on UBDC's blog. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact No additional impacts so far. 
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news/2017/october/the-full-potential-of-social-care-data-a-ubdc-researcher-s-work-...
 
Title Spatial Urban Data System (SUDS Platform) 
Description The Spatial Urban Data System (SUDS) platform is a cloud-enabled big data infrastructure for social and economic urban analytics. It was designed to support UK-wide analytics of the social and economic aspects of cities and city-regions. It utilises data generated from traditional as well as new and emerging sources of urban data. It deploys geospatial technology, synthetic small area urban metrics, and cloud computing to enable urban analytics, and geovisualization with the goal of deriving actionable knowledge for better urban management and data-driven urban decision making. At the core of the system is a programme of urban indicators generated by using novel forms of data and urban modelling and simulation programme. SUDS differs from other similar systems by its emphasis on the generation and use of regularly updated spatially-activated urban area metrics from real or near-real time data sources, to enhance understanding of intra-city interactions and dynamics. By deploying public transport, labour market accessibility and housing advertisement data in the system, we were able to identify spatial variations of key urban services at intra-city levels as well as social and economically-marginalised output areas in major cities across the UK. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The innovative approach adopted in the design of SUDS platform will enable it to support research and analysis of urban areas, policy and city administration, business decision-making, private sector innovation, and public engagement. Having been tested with housing, transport and employment metrics, efforts are ongoing to integrate information from other sources such as IoT, and User Generated Content into the system to enable urban predictive analytics. A paper on the development of the platform "Spatial Urban Data System: A Cloud-enabled Big Data Infrastructure for Social and Economic Urban Analytics" has undergone minor corrections and is currently under review by the Future Generation Computing Systems journal. 
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/research/research-projects/completed-projects/urban-indicators/
 
Title iMCD Data Retrieval Service 
Description UBDC's integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project involved the collection of a range of data from social media, including c. 65 million tweets, several terabytes of data. This suite of APIs and web tools comprises various data services provided by the University of Glasgow's Terrier Information Retrieval team that can be used to interrogate UBDC's Twitter data source. Queries by Twitter terms or hashtags are supported via an online web interface or API. The tool also enables users to examine events that have been automatically detected, related to specific terms of interest, outputting Twitter data or visualising results spatially and in graphs. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact This tool facilitates access to a popular iMCD dataset and supports data discovery and usage for technical and non-technical audiences, enabling us to ensure access is consistent with applicable terms and conditions, and overcoming some challenges associated with the size of the data. We already have two projects working with this tool, and expect more as new requests to use iMCD's Twitter data collection come in from 2017 onwards. 
 
Title iMCD Social Media Sharing Platform 
Description Tool to facilitate simple analysis and data acquisition of Twitter Social Media data, compliant with the terms and conditions of the Twitter platform that prohibit sharing of tweet content. The tool enables users to filter our corpus of some 2.9TB of twitter data by time, place or keyword and retrieve statistical insights as well as the opportunity to download original tweet IDs. These can be "hydrated" using a third party tool to retrieve tweets directly from Twitter's API, excluding content that no longer exists or has restricted access. The platform gives the capability of searching the data using terms, keywords, and related filters and provides an overview of the search results. The results are sample tweets (only the ones publicly available), basic statistics of the data, and an interactive map with the choice to have a look at the density of tweet activity on a specific region, but also aggregated sentiment scores of the resulting tweets. Finally, it gives the opportunity to the users to download a subset of the data and work on it independently of the platform. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Social media data has potentially huge insights to offer about how people engage with cities and services. However, there are barrier to access, associated with the terms and conditions limiting sharing of such data and the technical challenges of consuming or comprehending such data at scale. The platform reduces these barriers and offers elegance and regulatory compliance. 
 
Description Discussion: The Emerging Research Agenda for a Digital Built Britain - Andrew McHugh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Andrew McHugh, UBDC Senior Data Science Manager, joined an experts exchange intended to pull together the themes that will compose the Centre for Digital Built Britain's Research Agenda for the journey towards a digital built Britain. He offered a review of the emerging draft and commented on the balance and content of the key messages, also discussing the early draft of the Research Landscape which signposts centres of competence, especially in the UK on the 27/02/19.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Illinois at Chicago / NSF - Workshop on Big Data and Urban Informatics, 11-12 August 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talks and meetings sparked interest in new international collaborations with UBDC.

Potential for several new international collaborations and MoUs arose.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://urbanbigdata.uic.edu/
 
Description "Chris Pettit Seminar at UBDC: Understanding housing growth trajectories for the city of Perth: A what-if scenario planning approach" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Understanding housing growth trajectories for the city of Perth:
A what-if scenario planning approach
Chris Pettit
Professor of Urban Science, UNSW Australia;
Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre
Friday, 3rd July
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Urban Big Data Centre, Conference Room
7 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow G12 8RZ"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description "ISPRS 2016: INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Title: THE TRADE-OFF BETWEEN PRIVACY AND GEOGRAPHIC DATA RESOLUTION.
A CASE OF GPS TRAJECTORIES COMBINED WITH THE SOCIAL SURVEY RESULTS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.isprs2016-prague.com/
 
Description #NSMNSS / SRA conference 'An introduction to tools for social media research' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC researcher Yeran Sun presented on 'How to use R and QGIS to find out tourism hotspots in cities'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://nsmnss.blogspot.co.uk/p/tuesday-11th-october-2016-location.html
 
Description 'Techniques for Data Linkage and Anonymisation' event at the Turing Gateway to Mathematics, Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge University) (Prof. N. Bailey attended) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Prof Nick Bailey, Associate Director, attended this event to promote UBDC and gain further understanding of data linkage confidentiality issues.

Further understanding gained and information about UBDC shared.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.turing-gateway.cam.ac.uk/tdla_oct2014.shtml
 
Description 2018 IGU Regional Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr David McArthur, Associate Director - Training and Capacity Building, presented a paper on 'Enhancing data privacy with semantic trajectories: A rasterbased framework for GPS stop/move management' at a special session being organised by the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research group at the International Geographical Union Regional conference on 'Big data for mobilities studies: Applications and critical perspectives'.

The 2018 International Geographical Unio
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://glp.earth/news-events/events/2018-igu-regional-conference
 
Description 2nd International Conference on Learning Cities Mexico City (Talk by Catherine Lido) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Catherine will be spoke on: Using urban 'Big Data' to evaluate modern learning cities.

This presentation links with the operationalising of UNESCO's learning city indicators as foreshadowed in the UBDC application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2015
URL http://www.learningcities2015.org/
 
Description 3rd Annual Conference on "Education and Global Cities: Horizons for Contemporary University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Hosted by the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg Russia, and it is the 3rd Annual Conference on "Education and Global Cities: Horizons for Contemporary University" (Programme also attached).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://egc.spb.hse.ru/en/2016/
 
Description 47th Annual UTSG (Universities' Transport Study Group) Conference, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Attendance and presentation by Vonu Thakuriah.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.city.ac.uk/utsg-2015
 
Description 4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility - CSUM2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC Director Professor, Vonu Thakuriah attended.

Exploring social and economic implications of big data for mobility. Keynote speech

The University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering, Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory - TTLog, organized the 4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility - CSUM2018 which was held at "THE SKIATHOS PALACE HOTEL", in Skiathos Island, Greece on 24 - 25 May 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://csum.civ.uth.gr/press-release-4th-conference-on-sustainable-urban-mobility-csum2018/
 
Description AAAS Annual Meeting 2015 - Session on Big Data: Challenges and Social Impacts (San Jose, CA) (Prof. P. Thakuriah) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Raised profile of UBDC, contributed to scientific reputation.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2015/webprogram/Session9547.html
 
Description ACSP Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact UBDC Researcher Dr Jin Hong presented his research on 'The Evaluation of Large Cycling Infrastructure Investments in the Glasgow Clyde Valley Planning Area Before, During, and After the Commonwealth Games: The Use of Crowdsourced Data (Strava)' on Thursday 25 October 2018 as part of the 'Transportation & Infrastructure Planning' track of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference.

As one of the largest events of the year for planning educators and students, the ACSP Annual Conference attracts nearly 1,200 attendees from across the United States and internationally. https://www.acsp.org/page/ConfACS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2018/acsp-annual-conferen...
 
Description AERUS 2015: The 8th Midwest Graduate Student Summit - Big Data Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact UBDC researcher and Co-I, Associate Prof. Moira Zellner, University of Illinois at Chicago, speaks on the Big Data Panel at the Applied Economics, Regional and Urban Studies (AERUS) 8th Midwest Graduate Student Summit at Purdue University in Northwest Indiana.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description AESOP Annual Congress 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr David McArthur, UBDC Associate Director - Training and Capacity Building, presented a paper he co-authored with Dr Jin Hong and Dr Mark Livingston on the evaluation of large cycling infrastructure investments in the Glasgow Clyde Valley planning area before, during and after the Commonwealth Games: The use of crowdsourced data (Strava). This session took place on Wednesday 11 July 2018.

This event will offer the opportunity for scholars from Europe, as well as from around the world, to contribute to the exchange of experiences, ideas and knowledge regarding planning in the 21st century, in particular in relation to the congress theme: MAKING SPACE FOR HOPE.

Gothenburg University - Department of Conservation, will host the congress in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg - Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering; KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm - Department of Urban Planning and Environment; and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona - Department of Spatial Planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.aesop-planning.eu/news/en_GB/2017/12/22/readabout/2018-aesop-congress-in-gothenburg-swede...
 
Description AQMeN Conference on Rediscovering Inequalities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC had an exhibit stand to promote UBDC and networked with attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://aqmen.ac.uk/AQMeNConference2016
 
Description Active Travel to School - The Effectiveness of School-based Travel Interventions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Francesca Hogg from the Sustrans Research and Monitoring Unit presented a seminar of the methodology and findings of research that has been carried out by Sustrans to investigate the relationship between behaviour change interventions and small-scale infrastructure delivery on how children travel to school.
The talk focused on research based on active travel to school and on data from primary schools in Scotland using The Hands Up Scotland Survey (HUSS) alongside three years of data on the delivery of interventions by Sustrans and partners, Scottish government data on deprivation and rural/urban categorisation and geo-spatial data.
The talk was very well attended and generated considerable interest in her research from local planners and cycling organisations engaged in improving cycling infrastructure. Francesca was subsequently invited back to present at a larger event based on work with Strava data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/active-trav...
 
Description Alasdair Gray Seminar at UBDC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Title: Data Integration in a Big Data Context

Abstract: Data is being generated all around us - from our smart phones tracking our movement through a city to the city itself sensing various properties and reacting to various conditions. However, to maximise the potential from all this data, it needs to be combined and coerced into models that enable analysis and interpretation. In this talk I will give an overview of the techniques that I have developed for data integration: integrating streams of sensor data with background contextual data and supporting multiple interpretations of linking data together. At the end of the talk I will overview the work I will be conducting in the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland.

Bio: Alasdair is a Lecturer in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He previously held postdoc positions in the Information Management Group at the University of Manchester and and the Information Retrieval Group at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on practical data management and its application in information systems - utilising and extending advances in knowledge management technologies to improve information systems. This approach has supported advances in science while deepening the understanding of knowledge based systems to support future applications. He has collaborated with a large range of scientists - from astronomers through the life sciences to environmental scientists - working with both academic research labs and industrial partners."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description An Introduction to Open Geospatial Standards 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Capacity-building workshop delivered by Steven Ramage, an independent advisor to organisations including Ordnance Survey Great Britain, the United Nations and the World Bank on location strategy, policy, innovation and standards. The 4hr workshop discussed topics including: The problem of interoperability, Business value of open standards, Technical approaches for implementing standards and The open standards global community. This event was attended by people from local government, tourism a security company and university researchers and students. As well as providing the audience with a greater understanding of international geospatial standards, the course also led to plans for UBDC to work with the speaker in making more open data streams available through the UBDC data portal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2016/an-introduc...
 
Description Applications of Spatial Analytics in National Geographic Conditions Monitoring 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC researcher Jing Yao was invited to give this talk at National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, Beijing, China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Attendance at RDA Urban Quality of Life Indicators WG meeting, Amsterdam (Prof. P. Thakuriah) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Ongoing development of international standards.

Anticipate international standards being produced.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/urban-quality-life-indicators/post/urban-quality-life-indicators-w...
 
Description Audit Scotland Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Bailey, UBDC Director, gave a presentation on UBDC to Audit Scotland staff on the 11.02.19.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Aye Preserve - Digital Preservation in the West of Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Andrew McHugh, UBDC Senior IT and Data Services Manager, gave a presentation on UBDC's data management at this workshop. Event summary: "The University of Glasgow and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcome you to celebrate International Digital Preservation Day at Aye Preserve on the 30 November [2017]. [...] Aye Preserve brings together individuals undertaking digital preservation in the west of Scotland and wider afield. The half-day event provides an occasion to discuss challenges and solutions and to share experiences across a network of organisations. Attendees will hear from fellow digital preservationists and will also be invited to ask questions and share their own experiences at an open session."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dpconline.org/events/past-events/aye-preserve-2
 
Description Barras Social 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC Senior IT and Data Services Manager, Dr Andrew McHugh, represented UBDC at this University of Glasgow College of Social Sciences / ESRC Festival of Social Science weekend event at the popular Glasgow Barras Market. Showcased UBDC data and visualisation work at a UBDC stall, engaging primarily with members of the public and stallholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/headline_499134_en.html
 
Description Belonging in Scotland: National, regional and local identity effects on social, cultural, civic and educational inclusion in the city - British Psychological Society Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Catherine Lido presented on 'Belonging in Scotland: National, regional and local identity effects on social, cultural, civic and educational inclusion in the city' on 3/5/17 at the British Psychological Society Conference. This presentation drew on her research using the iMCD data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www1.bps.org.uk/system/files/user-files/Annual%20Conference%202017/AC2017%20ABSTRACT%20BOOK_...
 
Description Big Data Techniques to Improve Learning Access and Citizen Engagement for Adults in Urban Environments - International Conference for Taipei Learning City 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC Co-I Prof. Mike Osborne presented (via remote link) on Big Data Techniques to Improve Learning Access and Citizen Engagement for Adults in Urban Environments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Big Data and Innovation Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Nick Bailey, UBDC Director gave a presentation on Big Data and Innovation to around 30-40 stakeholders from public, private and voluntary sectors on the 20.02.19
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Brexit: an academic conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC Co-I Prof. Marian Scott presented on "the changing state of our environment" to this high-profile conference at the UK Parliament, with academics, MPs, policy advisers in attendance. It was co-hosted by POST, the House of Commons Library and Parliament's Universities Programme in collaboration with Research Councils UK (RCUK). The purpose of the day was to discuss the effect of Brexit on different policy areas and help researchers and academics connect, network and share expertise and ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/brexit-an-academi...
 
Description British Science Association - British and Irish Section - Annual Conference Dublin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Bernard Fingleton participated in the Transport and Infrastructure Session on "Spatial panels, UK house prices and the global crisis."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CIHT and UK Roads Liaison Group Meeting on use of Transport Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UK Roads Liaison Group (UKRLG) brings together national and local government from across the UK to consider roads infrastructure engineering and operations matters. The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) worked with them and UBDC to bring a knowledge exchange meeting to the UBDC, so that experienced high-level practitioners in this area could discuss the use of big and complex data in transport planning, both to understand the cutting edge research in this area, and to explain what they have been doing to date and what the top priority requirements are. The meeting was attended by a range of government departments, including UK and all the devolved administrations, as well as related organisations. Several researchers from the UBDC team, as well as a UBDC data service user working in this area, presented on their research. There was detailed discussion at the end about pragmatic ways forward to ensure availability of data for research and involvement of this kind of research in policy and service delivery in road transport. Since the meeting, UBDC researcher Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka was invited to give a talk on Data Science and Transport at the Google Academy, and has had discussions with the Traffic Enforcement Advisor for Hampshire Constabulary, and Richard Owen of Road Safety Analysis about methods presented on to study driving behaviour and road safety policy. Non-UBDC attendance list included:
- Graham Pendlebury - Director of Local Transport, DfT - and Chair of the UKRLG
- Lindsay Mcgregor - Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust - Chair of the UK Lighting Board
- David.Denner - Highways Technology Manager, Welsh Government - Transport, member of the UK Lighting Board
- Mark.Anderson - Uwch Beiriannydd (Goleuadau Stryd) | Senior Engineer (Street Lighting), member of UK Lighting Board
- Stuart Beale, Highways England, member of UK Lighting Board
- John Irvine, Director of Network Services at the Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland and member of UKRLG
- Hugh Gillies, Director of Trunk Road and Bus Operations, Transport Scotland and member of UKRLG
- Anthony Boucher, Deputy Director, Local Infrastructure, Department for Transport
- Steve Berry, Head, Local Roads, Light Rail and Cableways Branch, Department for Transport, member of UKRLG.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CIKM 2015 Workshop: Understanding the City with Urban Informatics, Melbourne Australia (UBDC hosted workshop) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC staff will host a workshop on "Understanding the City with Urban Informatics" at the 4th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2015) in Melbourne, Australia this October.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CONSERVE - Cisco Demo Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop, attended by UBDC IT and Data Services Manager Dr Andrew McHugh, was a CONSERVE Project implementation showcase meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CR&DALL & UBDC Seminar - Well-being and learning for a better life: Reflecting across cultures and contexts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "The UBDC in partnership with CR&DALL presents a seminar on "Learning for a better life: reflecting across cultures" with Prof. Anna Robinson-Pant, Professor of Education, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK as well as UBDC researcher Dr. Catherine Lido.
Places are limited and registration is required via Eventbrite.

ABSTRACT

Learning for a better life: reflecting across cultures

In rural communities around the world, people have long recognised the power of informal learning to transform their lives and have developed their own strategies for sharing and adapting indigenous and new knowledge with their peers and family members to improve their livelihoods. However, international and national Education For All policy has continued to take a narrow focus on learning as synonymous with schooling and formal education/training. Drawing on ethnographic-style research conducted for UNESCO-IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) in rural areas of Cambodia, Egypt and Ethiopia, this seminar will explore young people's aspirations in these contexts - and how they set out to gain new knowledge, skills and opportunities for a better life.

BIOGRAPHY

Anna Robinson-Pant

Anna Robinson-Pant is Professor of Education. She was based for around ten years in Nepal, where she worked as a teacher trainer, educational planner and ethnographic researcher with various aid agencies. She won the UNESCO International Award for Literacy Research in 1998 for her ethnographic study of women's literacy and development in Nepal (Why eat green cucumber at the time of dying? Exploring the link between women's literacy and development).Since then, she has conducted research projects on literacy, gender, education and development - including her recent role as Global Research Coordinator for the IFAD-UNESCO project in Cambodia, Ethiopia and Egypt, 'Learning knowledge and skills for agriculture to improve rural livelihoods' - on which this seminar will be based. In the UK she has researched children's decision making in primary education and the internationalisation of higher education."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CR&DALL Seminar at UBDC - Learning Through Intergenerational Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Half-day seminar to introduce aspects of intergenerational learning, tutoring and research. Prof. Osborne and Prof. Thakuriah provided introduction about the UBDC.

Raised awareness of UBDC to educational researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/our-services/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2015/crdall-seminar-learni...
 
Description CaCHE Launch Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC staff attended the launch on 18/10/17 of the newly funded UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). This was an opportunity for networking with interested people and also tweeting from the event to draw links between UBDC housing research and data, and the CaCHE remit and planned activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.rics.org/uk/news/news-insight/news/launch-of-the-uk-collaborative-centre-for-housing-evid...
 
Description CaCHE Seminar: Poverty in the Private Rented Sector 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact UBDC Director Professor Nick Bailey, gave a speech on Poverty in the Private Rented Sector, at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence's seminar on the 07/12/18.

The private rented sector is experiencing unprecedented growth in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK. The sector remains massively controversial and faces many problems and challenges as well as key opportunities for potential benefit to households and the economy.

The seminar began with a presentation from Prof Ken Gibb on the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence's future work plans in relation to the private rented sector. This will be followed by three presentations which explore recent research on the rise of poverty in private renting and 'generation rent', before opening up to a roundtable discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2018/cache-seminar-povert...
 
Description Catch! Showcase 03-13-18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Catch! is a £2m collaborative R&D project that brings together high growth SMEs, leading research centres - including UBDC - and 5 forward thinking Local Authorities in the UK to launch a prototype, state-of-the-art real-time, crowdsourcing data service to provide transport professionals with next-generation data to solve transport problems. This showcase will offer the opportunity to understand the challenges faced by Local Authorities and see how, through Catch's highly-scalable system, travel-behaviour data can be crowdsourced, analysed and acted upon in real time. This granular, multi-modal data helps to better understand existing infrastructure use and citizen demands and deliver more accessible, timely and cost-effective services. This in turn brings economic, environmental and societal benefits to the wider community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2018/catch-showcase/
 
Description Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In a wide ranging workshop related to data licensing Andrew McHugh, UBDC Senior Data Science Manager presented to practitioners the role of UBDC as well as issues associated when gathering, storing and using data, including issues around privacy, data protection, sustainability and copyright on the 06/04/18, Glasgow UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://datasetlicencing.wordpress.com/
 
Description Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC Senior Data and IT Services manager, Dr Andrew McHugh, presented on UBDC as a data licensing case study at this event jointly delivered by the University of Glasgow and Jisc. The day-long event was intended to explore issues around licencing of datasets. How do creators of data select suitable licences? Do consumers of data understand what the licences mean? What is needed to address concerns?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/choose-the-right-rights-use-the-data-right-tickets-38036349746#
 
Description Cities Alive - Towards a Walking World / Resilience & Regeneration - Arup Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC Senior Business Manager Keith Dingwall attedned this launch of the Arup Report 'Cities Alive: Towards a walking world'. This was a networking opportunity with industry and city planners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.arup.com/cities_alive/towards_a_walking_world
 
Description Cities UKRI Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Bailey UBDC Director, attended this meeting on canvassing for ideas for a future research programme on the 03.09.18.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description City Analytics Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC Director Professor Vonu Thakuriah gave a speech at The Royal Society of Edinburgh's City Analytics Conference held on the 30 May 2018.

In today's digital, multi-sensored world, cities have become 'living laboratories', providing a range of data streams around urban life. What new opportunities arise from these rich data sources; what novel mathematical models and computational tools are required; and what are the relevant data-privacy issues?

A range of speakers from academia and beyond will address these challenges. In addition to computer science and the mathematical sciences, the event will involve and reach out to researchers and practitioners in energy, health, transport, security, commerce and local government. The conference aims to explore opportunities and challenges around the use of rich and varied data streams, to improve quality of human life in urban areas across the world.

Supported by The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Digital Economy Theme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2018/city-analytics-confe...
 
Description City Futures Research Centre (University of New South Wales) seminar with UBDC team (led by Bill Randolph, Director of CFRC) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This presentation by Bill Randolph, Director of the UNSW City Futures Research Centre, and discussion with UBDC staff, resulted in an MoU between UBDC and AURIN (and potentially one with NICTA). It also informed planning towards future collaborations and projects.

MoU between UBDC and AURIN (and potentially one with NICTA)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description City Visions - Hosted by Foresight Future of Cities Project at Urban Innovation Centre, London (Des McNulty held stall for UBDC) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC will be hosting an exhibition stall to raise awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Civil Engineering and Land Surveying High School in Wroclaw in Poland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact UBDC researcher Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka gave a keynote to 70 high school students (16-18 years old) regarding Geoprivacy on the 17/02/18.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Civil Service Live Festival in Manchester (UBDC hosts stall) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC will host a stall exhibiting UBDC services and research, including a presentation, data portal and data visualisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Common Purpose Global Leadership Summit - What Makes a City Smart Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Des McNulty, Knowledge Exchange and Outreach Manager is participating in a panel discussion re "What Makes a City Smart?" to a group of 100 international students.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/our-services/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2015/common-purpose-global...
 
Description Complex Networks Approaches to Supply Chain Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The half-day workshop delivered by Dr Guven Demirel and Professor Vania Sena from the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre gave an introductory overview of supply chain management, and then provided an introduction to basic network concepts and measures, illustrating how these can be used on real-life data. Discussions followed around how complex networks approaches can provide insights on the relationships between the supply chain network structure and the response to disturbances and disruptions. The audience of around 38 was made up largely of university researchers and students but also included interested outside parties from energy and urban planning organisations. Reading materials and guidance for using the demonstrated Gephi visualisation software was provided to attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/complex-net...
 
Description Conference - Migrants in the City: New Dynamics of Migration in Urban Settings (UBDC hosted stall) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Migrants in the city' international conference is a collaboration between The Sheffield Methods Institute, Faculty of Social Science Migration Research Group and the ESRC Applied Quantitative Methods Network.

2 day international conference on segregation and migration on 12th & 13th October called "Migrants in the City". UBDC will host a stand with materials about the centre services, research and specifically the migration project led by Gwilym."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Conference Presentation at Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Chicago 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC researcher, Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka presents her paper, "The concept of the 'third place' - identifying significant places from GPS trajectories" at the Geo-Social Data session of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=23222
 
Description Connected and Automated Vehicles: Opportunities and Challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC Co-I Kostas Ampountolas presented on 'Connected and Automated Vehicles: Opportunities and Challenges', at the NEO Cities Workshop, Mexico City, Sept 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Contribution by Prof. P. Thakuriah to UK Parliament Office for Science and Technology POST Note on Big Data and Transport 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Contribution incorporated into publication.

Unknown to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/briefing-papers/POST-PN-472/big-and-open-dat...
 
Description Creative Innovation in Scotland: Big Ideas from Small Cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UBDC partnered with Creative Stirling, University of Stirling, and Codebase Stirling to deliver this free public event, as part of a larger knowledge exchange network based at Stirling University for people interested in increasing data literacy. This network is called 'Life in Data: Literacy, Openness, Education Policy and Creative Data Innovation in Scotland', and the UBDC, through its Education Research Team, is a member. The purpose of this event was to bring together artists inspired by big data together with other creative thinkers and practitioners who take a "data-driven" approach to their artistic or creative outputs. Another outcome was to gather ideas for a future hackathon focused on creative approaches to place development. That hackathon will continue to link with the nontechnical communities to get their perspectives but also to make stronger links between data analysts, geeks, nerds to engage communities more broadly, widening the reach and impact of the Life in Data data literacy research project. The event included presentations, workshopping sessions, an "ideation session" run by Product Forge to "[c]ontinue processing questions and ideas for future hackathon events" and a final roundtable summary discussion session. Dr Catherine Lido and Dr Kate Reid of Glasgow University's School of Education represented UBDC, giving an overarching presentation on the Centre's research and services, distributing UBDC information, and joining in on the Roundtable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.stir.ac.uk/news/2018/02/big-data-meets-art/
 
Description Cyber-Security and Intelligent Mobility Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC Senior IT & Data Services manager, Dr Andrew McHugh, attended this event in Glasgow to keep UBDC's knowledge and practice up-to-date and contribute some of what we have learned, as well as general networking. Event description: Transport Systems Catapult and University of Aberdeen held a workshop on Cyber Security and Intelligent Mobility on 31st March 2017 in Glasgow:

"The world of mobility is undergoing significant change in response to technological developments and Cyber Security has been identified as a key issue for public attention. As with any sector undergoing rapid, impactful change, Intelligent Mobility is facing technological threats to its evolution. The exploration of these threats, as well as trends and observations provides the context for this workshop. The purpose of this workshop is:
- To consider the different capabilities required by the Intelligent Mobility sector to tackle Cyber Security challenges going forward.
- To understand the knowledge gaps, requirements and capability limits within and between academia, government and the Cyber Security industry in relation to this emerging market. - To explore how technological change will alter the nature of the Cyber Security threat over the next ten years?
The workshop will conclude with a plenary feedback session."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.abdn.ac.uk/ctr/news/10510/
 
Description Data Impact 2015, London (Keith Dingwall attended) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UK Data Service is hosting a panel session and networking event on the evening of 2 December 2015 from 6pm at the Digital Catapult Centre, London. Hosted by Jane Elliott, Chief Executive of the ESRC, and Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Service, a panel of leading data innovators will explore data re-use in policy and research, sharing their experiences of demonstrating data enhanced impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Data Impact Event with UKDS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Vonu Thakuriah and Des McNulty spoke on this workshop panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Data Management for Urban Transport Operations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The half-day workshop introduced data management methods and modelling for urban transport planning, using specific case studies to illustrate the use of sensors and high-performance computing. The workshop was delivered by renowned leaders in the field of urban informatics, in two focused sessions: 'Macroscopic traffic flow modelling and control of heterogeneous cities with multi-sensor data' and 'Traffic Management Enabled By High Performance Computing'. This event was attended by people from transportation organisations and university researchers and students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2016/data-manage...
 
Description Data Scotland Cross Party Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC Senior Business Manager Keith Dingwall attended this working group which was hosted by The Data Lab (Scotland), to form closer links with government and others working in the data area in Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2016
 
Description Data Sharing Consultation Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The UK Government has recently announced new proposals on data sharing within government. This consultation event is to help users of official statistics to understand more about the proposed data sharing legislation and to consider their own responses to the consultation. The event will take the form of two panels of speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/news/data-sharing-consultation-event
 
Description DataFest 2017 - Data Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact UBDC had an exhibition stall at this 2 day event, with dozens if not hundreds of participants coming by to chat, and take merchandise and information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPp6iqaTWwUs68_wE0u9XEIoO1_J0uKmkmBCBG3bL-KFZyMKdoDoHPgTDwlAcuD...
 
Description DataFest 2017 - Smarter Tourism: Shaping Glasgow's Data Plan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact UBDC Senior Business manager, Keith Dingwall, presented on UBDC at this high-profile KE event. Following on from the £24m Technology Strategy Board-funded Future City Glasgow programme, tourism partners, Glasgow Life, Scottish Enterprise and VisitScotland set up this event to develop a Data Plan for the city's thriving tourism sector. The event, developed with the support of The Data Lab, the Institute for Future Cities and Scottish Enterprise, offered attendees from industry and academia the opportunity to learn more about the city's current priorities and plans in the tourism space, discuss the learning from existing academic or student data projects, private sector operators, collaborations and Future Cities initiatives, while also feeding insight and ideas into the next stage of data-led tourism innovation. Further discussions on tourism-related data continued directly with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau in the month's following this workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theknowledgeexchangeblog.com/2017/04/03/smarter-tourism-solving-the-data-problem-to-boost-to...
 
Description DataVisFest on (In)equality and Inclusion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC was listed as a sponsor of this event and UBDC Co-I Professor Gwilym Pryce set one of the challenges, which took place on the 16/03/18. More info on the website here: https://datavisfest.wordpress.com/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://datavisfest.wordpress.com/
 
Description Decision Support Systems in Urban Planning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Jan Kazak, Lecturer in the Department of Spatial Economy, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences provided a workshop covering Decision Support Systems (DSS)'s use of principles, assumptions and limiting factors in forecasting the future in aspects of spatial planning. Two different tools were presented: Metronamica (based on cellular automata) and CommunityViz (an extension for ArcGIS) in order to compare the different mechanisms of calculations that are used. Jan conducted a series of group exercises allowing attendees to consider the competing factors at play in determining building sites and compared group responses with the DSS algorithm's optimal placements. Jan visited the Urban Big Data Centre for four weeks via the SASNet fellowship programme and worked with UBDC's iMCD data on a short project to study aspects of land use, accessibility and neighbourhood attributes with a focus on lifestyles of elderly people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news/2017/november/urban-design-patterns-to-support-independent-living-for-older-p...
 
Description Delivering the devolution revolution requires better data - ONS Centre for Cities Public Policy Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC Associate Director, Prof. Nick Bailey, presented on big data at this workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.centreforcities.org/event/delivering-devolution-revolution-requires-better-data/
 
Description Digging into Data (UBDC hosted stall) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC will have an exhibition stand with materials and be displaying the iMCD video Datascape of movement patterns in Glasgow City Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Digital Media, Power, and Democracy in Election Campaigns: A Workshop (Washington, D.C.) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC Scientific Computing Officer, Michael Comerford, presents social media analysis regarding the Scottish referendum included in the paper "Digital Communication Technologies and the Scottish Referendum: how, why and with what implications?" For more information and updates about the workshop, please view the workshop website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Directors General of National Statistical Institutes Conference - Andrew McHugh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The conference focused on official statistics in a datafied society (trusted smart statistics) - Directors General of each national statistical institution comprise the major part of the audience.

Andrew McHugh, UBDC Senior Data Science Manager, focused his presentation on on UBDC's urban mobility research in the context of ICT and data trends including smart and connected transport and buildings, integrated smart systems and personal and wearable technology on the 10/10/18. It covered sources of urban big data, and showcased methodological and infrastructural approaches to facilitate data management and the production of information insights. It touched too on organisational aspects around big data including team composition and skills, quality assurance and information governance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/ess/event-details?id=8647956
 
Description Discrete Choice Modelling 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Capacity-building seminar delivered by Prof Chandra Bhat, Director of the Center for Transport Research (CTR), Professor of Engineering and Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and a world-renowned expert in the area of transportation and urban policy design. The seminar was made up of two 1-hour presentations, a general 'Introduction to Discrete Choice Modelling' training lecture followed by presentation of recent research on 'Cause-Effect Relationships in Residential, Auto Ownership, and Activity Choices'. This event was attended by people from transportation organisations and university researchers and students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2016/discrete-ch...
 
Description Does the type of segregation matter? Social Frontiers, Networks & Domains (Urban Segregation and Inequality in Europe and China Conference, Sheffield, July 2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact UBDC University of Sheffield Co-Investigator, prof Gwilym Pryce, presented at this one day conference collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The presentation of UBDC research sparked lots of interest and has led to the development of a book proposal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/smi/conferences-and-events/urban-segregation-inequality-europe-china
 
Description Dr. Alasdair Rae Seminar: From Data to Wisdom? Spatial Data Visualisation as a Policy Tool 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Co-organised by UBDC with the Glasgow Sustainability Network. Introductions by Prof Vonu Thakuriah, UBDC Director, Prof Marian Scott, UBDC Co-I, and big data visualisation demonstration by Michael Comerford, UBDC Scientific Computing Officer. Followed by a drinks reception. (70+ attendees, including representatives from SEPA and Glasgow City Council).

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/?action=details&id=7027
 
Description Dr. Sandi Rosenbloom - UBDC Masterclass for PhD Students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Students and other early career academics engaged with experienced transportation planning expert at a UBDC masterclass.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Dr. Sandi Rosenbloom - UBDC Seminar: "What's Bigger Than The Coming Age Wave? Then Why Are We Ignoring It?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk was well attended by UBDC and other Glasgow-based academic and technical staff.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/our-services/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2014/dr-sandra-rosenbloom/
 
Description ENHR Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Bailey, Mark Livingston
Welfare and housing reform, and the suburbanisation of poverty in the UK. Paper presented at the ENHR Annual Conference, Uppsala, 27-29 June.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ifhp.org/event/partner-event-enhr-conference-2018
 
Description ENHR Annual Conference 2018 - Phil Mason 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Phil Mason, Research Fellow (School of Education) gave a presentation on the preliminary and future research, "Home and schoolneighbourhood deprivation and secondary educational outcomes in the West of Scotland" (Mason P, Lido C, Kintrea k, Osborne M) from the 27-29 of June 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.enhr2018.com/
 
Description EPSRC Workshop: Urban Living 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On the 4th and 5th of April, 2016, the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), University of Glasgow hosted an EPSRC-funded 1.5 day workshop to explore the methodological challenges and innovations in urban data and to introduce UBDC's exciting integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project.

The workshop, entitled 'Interdisciplinary Data Resources to Address the Challenges of Urban Living', was attended by a group of nearly fifty individuals, comprising academics involved in collecting these novel sources of urban data, as well as methodological researchers, and public and private sector representatives of end-users. The event was arranged into a number of distinct sessions in order to introduce and highlight the wide variety of applications and ongoing work relating to urban data and to stimulate discussion on subjects including end use, interdisciplinary collaboration and issues of privacy and ethics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2016/epsrc-urban...
 
Description ESRC 50th Anniversary Launch Event (Prof. G. Pryce, Prof. M. Osborne and Jenny Ryall attended) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof. Pryce, Prof. Osborne and Jenny Ryall attended and networked on behalf of UBDC.

Increased knowledge of UBDC, broadened network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.esrc.ac.uk/about-esrc/50-years-of-ESRC/anniversary-launch-event.aspx
 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Science Event - Get the most out of your data: A Workshop for Local Authorities (UBDC hosted) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC is hosting this event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Several UBDC staff will be presenting and facilitating the event. The full day programme and delegate list are attached.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://s3.amazonaws.com/SmartsheetB1/1ff49559860e4f0792be06e56078aaa7?response-content-disposition=...
 
Description ESRC IAA Conference (Des McNulty attended) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Des McNulty was informed of current impact work at ESRC and raised profile of UBDC.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description ESRC Public Dialogues events (Glasgow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Members of UBDC team attended ESRC Public Dialogues held in Glasgow, and participated in discussions / answered questions about data from the general public.

Public better informed about use of big data in research. UBDC better informed about public attitudes and priorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ESRC seminar 'Microenterprise, technology and big data: new forms of digital enterprise and work and ways to research them' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC Researcher Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka was invited to give this seminar in Bournemouth University for ESRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/2016/09/15/esrc-seminar-microenterprise-technology-and-big-d...
 
Description Ethnic and Racial Harrassment, Mental Health and Ethnic Concentration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Gwilym Pryce ran a Public Event at the Royal Statistical Society in London linked to our UBDC research on segregation at the RSS, Errol Street, London held on the 12.06.18.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/events/2018/06/12/ethnic-and-racial-harassment-mental-health-...
 
Description European Regional Science Association (ERSA) Lisbon 2015 (Vonu Thakuriah and David McArthur presented) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Session titled "New Data and Methods in Accessibility Analysis: Accessibility patterns in UK cities"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://media.wix.com/ugd/1ce593_d90c83f0c75845c49424843421c0e65b.pdf
 
Description Eurostat Trusted Smart Statistics Workshop - Andrew McHugh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The workshop held on the 30/01/19 brought together producers of official statistics, policymakers, members of research community developing innovative projects, to have a first discussion on data driven policymaking in the age of the IoT, opportunities related to the production of trusted smart statistics from the conceptual, practical and technical perspective.

Andrew McHugh, UBDC Senior Data Science Manager, aligned UBDC's approaches with a wider smart statistics agenda, and outlined through a series of examples the ways in which data capture, processing and analysis can be systematically embedded to enable the production of comparable, reproducible, scalable and robust data for policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cros/content/workshop-trusted-smart-statistics-policymaking-age-iot_en
 
Description Evaluation and Active Travel Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact UBDC Research Fellow Dr mark Livingstone presented on using Strava Metro data to evaluate cycling interventions, and participated in the panel discussion at this seminar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Evidence and data for monitoring the PRS in Scotland, First Housing Conference - Mark Livingston 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mark Livingston, UBDC Research Fellow - Housing Research. Presentation on the evidence and data for monitoring the PRS in Scotland on the 06/06/18.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Final Review Event for the Catch Project , Yang Wang and David 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Yang Wang, Research Associate in Transport Modelling and Informatics and David McArthur, UBDC Associate Director - Training and Capacity Building, attended the final review event for the Catch Project on the 16/04/18. The purpose is to summarize the project and present the research and project outcomes to the wider public including industry experts and city council professionals. Yang and David present our research paper published in the peer-reviewed journal. The talk brings further awareness from all the audience about UDBC and the research carried out in the University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description First Annual Scottish Housing Policy Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mark Livingston, UBDC Lead - Housing and Neighbourhoods, gave a presentation at the First Annual Scottish Housing Conference on the 06.0.6.18. The talk focused on the evidence and data needed for monitoring the PRS in Scotland. This was to report the work we had started with the Scottish Parliament Information Centre looking at recent private rental legislation. We presented to a wide variety of housing professionals, policy makers and members of third sector organisations. The main objective was to communicate the information on the availability of data and what actions needed to be undertaken to improve the available data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2018/1st-annual-scottish-...
 
Description Forum: Digital Preservation Coalition - Preserving Social Media 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact "Digital Preservation Coalition : Preserving Social Media 29th April - British Library, London - Michael participates in a forum discussion"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Future Cities Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "Identify challenges in the Future Cities landscape that satellite data could potentially be used to solve.
2. Develop a landscape map.
3. Share knowledge and expertise.
4. Identify opportunities for collaboration (short/longer term)."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.strath.ac.uk/cities/
 
Description GISRUK 2017 - Geographic Information Science Research Conference, 18th - 21st April 2017 The University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact UBDC researchers Dr David McArthur and Yang Wang presented on 'Linking Smartphone GPS Data with Transport Planning: A Framework of Data Aggregation and Anonymization for a Journey Planning App'. The GISRUK conference series is the UK's largest national GIS research conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://huckg.is/gisruk2017/GISRUK_2017_paper_11.pdf
 
Description GISRUK 2018 - Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Sila-Nowicka UBDC researcher, attended the 26th Annual GIScience Research UK Conference, organised by the Pete Fisher Laboratory for Geocomputation and the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment of the University of Leicester and held at the University of Leicester on 17-20 April 2018 where she presented the results of her research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://leicester.gisruk.org/
 
Description GLASGOW INFORMATION RETRIEVAL FESTIVAL 2017 6th-8th April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact UBDC Information Retrieval researcher Dr Yashar Moshfeghi gave a short talk on his UBDC research: Identifying Relevance and Need in the Brain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ir.dcs.gla.ac.uk/irfest2017/
 
Description GeoComputation 2017: 2017 International Conference on GeoComputation: Celebrating 21 Years of GeoComputation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC researchers Yang Wang and David McArthur attended this conference to present, and promoted UBDC through networking and information included in their talks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.geocomputation.org/2017/papers/23.pdf
 
Description GeoComputation Conference 2017 - presentation on windfarms 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC University of Sheffield team presented in September 2017 at the GeoComputation Conference, Leeds. Presentation: "Large-scale analysis of line of sight that includes buildings with Scottish windfarms".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.geocomputation.org/2017/conference/
 
Description GeoNatura Workshop - Social & Environmental Applications of GIS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact What are the advantages derived from the use of geographic information in social and environmental applications? Which sectors of society benefit from the use of geographical information systems (GIS) and which sectors are potential employers? What is the current state and future trends of GIS applications? The answer to these and other questions is the basis for the development of a GIS initiation program developed under the European Union funded GEONATURA project in partnership with the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal; TU Delft, Netherlands; and the University of Florence, Italy.

This one day workshop featured invited speakers from UK academia, industry and government and is free of charge (programme below). It is aimed at those with little or no background knowledge in GIS and also provides a good opportunity to network with the speakers, students and lecturers based in Scotland, Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands.

Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka, Research Associate in Urban Methods, Modelling and Simulatio, gave a speech on the Big Data in Transport Studies. Applications and geo-privacy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2018/geonatura-workshop/
 
Description Getting what you need from data providers: A brainstorm workshop and legal Q&A 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Claire Munroe, from the Contracts department within the University's legal team, runs a lunchtime session for researchers wanting to know the legal ins and outs of data licensing and access.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Glasgow City Centre Districts Regeneration Frameworks Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC Senior Business Manager Keith Dingwall attended this Launch of GCC funded City Centre Regeneration project, to network and establish potential collaborations and KE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=19936
 
Description Glasgow Science Fair - Science Sunday 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC's Education Research Group took part in the University of Glasgow's Glasgow Science Fair Science Sunday, a free public event. Dr Catherine Lido and Dr Kate Reid, and their Q-step intern Michaella Drummond, presented on 'Representing literacies in times of precarity using Glasgow Big Data', with their3D visulsations and other methods and activities using iMCD data to engage with the public and promote data literacy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/events/sciencefestival/eventsandprojects/glasgowsciencefestival2017/allages/sc...
 
Description Glasgow University Knowledge Exchange and Impact Lunchtime Seminar (Des McNulty spoke) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Des McNulty spoke at this regular seminar to raise awareness of UBDC and our approach to KE and impact.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.gla.ac.uk/staff/news/archives/2014/december/headline_376427_en.html
 
Description Global Cities Teaching Time - Presentation to German Students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Speaking to 36 German students about the UBDC, GIS modeling, etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Google Academy, Data Science in Transport 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka, UBDC Researcher, delivered a presentation on how new forms of data can improve transport solutions in different cities at the The Department for Transport's first Data Science in Transport event of 2018 hosted at Google Academy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/data-science-in-transport-tickets-42562044220
 
Description Governance and Empowerment in the Smart City - Liesbet van Zoonen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Liesbet van Zoonen, academic director of the Center for BOLD Cities in the Netherlands, visited UBDC on 30th October 2017 to give a lecture entitled 'Governance and Empowerment in the Smart City', followed by a discussion session on areas of mutual interest. Abstract: While 'smart city' is already a stale term in IT and urban discourse, the average citizen is unlikely to know what it means, and city civil servants are still catching up on the implications of 'smart' for their particular policy and planning arena. Hence, the current cry among smart city companies and professionals is that it is time to 'involve the people'. However, it is never discussed which people are expected and desired to become involved what desirable outcomes of this involvement are, and what forms of involvement one should strive for. In this talk, Liesbet van Zoonen discusses the need for the empowerment of citizens and civil servants against the big IT and platform companies, and presents the action research that her research centre for Big Open and Linked Data (BOLD) Cities conducts. Combining data science with participatory methods proves a promising way, she will argue, to help both citizens and civil servants to keep the city as a public space enabling public life.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/governance-...
 
Description Harvey Miller Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The UBDC is delighted to announce a Masterclass with Prof. Harvey J. Miller, Chair in Geographic Information Science and Professor at The Ohio State University. This masterclass is aimed primarily at postgraduate and early career researchers - please see full agenda below. Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Harvey Miller Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Prof. Harvey J. Miller

Bob and Mary Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science and Professor in the Department of Geography at The Ohio State University

The Moving Across Places Study (MAPS): Measuring the Influence of Light Rail Transit and Complete Streets on Physical Activity

Lack of physical activity (PA) and consequent poor health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes and some cancers is a persistent public health issue. Planners and policy leaders often view public transit as a means for increasing PA levels. While there is evidence that public transit users are more physically active overall, it is not clear whether it is new or shifted from other forms of existing PA. The typically greater time required to use public transit relative to automobile trips suggests that users may substitute transit-related PA for other activities such as recreational walking and biking, attenuating the health benefits of public transit. Using GPS and accelerometer data from a quasi-experimental study of PA before and after construction of a light rail line and walkability enhancements in a neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah USA, we investigate changes in PA and explore disaggregate and spatial effects. Adult participants wore accelerometers and GPS loggers for approximately one week during pre-construction (Time 1) and post-construction (Time 2) of a Complete Street intervention involving a light rail line, new sidewalks and a bike path. Participants also completed surveys for socioeconomic, attitudinal and behavioral data. We examine 537 participants with complete accelerometer and GPS data for both time periods. Results suggest that transit ridership is associated with new PA rather than drawn from existing PA. This implies that public health benefits should be considered in public transit policies and plans."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Health Literacy & Precarious Living: A 'Big-Data' Multi-method Approach using iMCD data' - British Psychological Society Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr. Kate Reid presented on 'Health Literacy & Precarious Living: A 'Big-Data' Multi-method Approach using iMCD data' at the British Psychological Society Conference on 4/5/17.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www1.bps.org.uk/system/files/user-files/Annual%20Conference%202017/AC2017%20ABSTRACT%20BOOK_...
 
Description High Performance Computing and Big Data Summit 2015 (Talk by Prof. P. Thakuriah) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Prof. Thakuriah spoke at summit on "Urban Big Data Centre Case Study: Addressing the Social, Economic and Environmental Challenges Facing Cities". Raised awareness of UBDC.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://ukhpc.co.uk/
 
Description Human Dynamics and Urban Structure 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Vonu Thakuriah, Jing Yao, and other UBDC staff attended this seminar, hosted by UBDC in Glasgow, and had discussions with presenter Alex Singleton from CDRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/events/human-dynamics-and-urban-structure/
 
Description IAA Impact Event at Scottish Parliament (Des McNulty attended) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Des McNulty attended this event for informational and networking purposes on behalf of UBDC.

Informed UBDC team of IAA issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description IOT//GLA (Internet of Things) #1 Meetup 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact UBDC hosted the inaugural IOT//GLA Internet of Things Glasgow Meetup, organised by the Internet of Things Scotland Meetup group, and live-streamed by Product Forge. Led to a number of ongoing discussions with OfCom, Alba Orbital, Product Forge and others regarding collaborations. Collaboration with product Forge is now under way, and Dr Jeremy Singer, who presented at the meeting on his Raspberry Pi Smart Campus work, followed up with a UBDC Methods Session on the same.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.meetup.com/iotScotland/events/236233596/
 
Description ISCF Future Cities Challenge Workshop - Andrew McHugh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Innovate UK, on behalf of the UK Research and Innovation, in collaboration with BEIS and the Knowledge Transfer Network, sought practitioners to participate in an engagement workshop to review and validate the proposed Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) theme: "21st Century Cities".

Andrew McHugh, UBDC Senior Data Science Manager, contributed to discussion on the 17/05/18 - one practical outcome has been a formal statement of support from UBDC for a proposed ISCF strategic case for Growing Cities Sustainably."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ktn-uk.co.uk/events/iscf-future-cities-challenge-workshop-edinburgh
 
Description Inequality and the City Event at Dept of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow (UBDC showcased materials) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC materials are being showcased at the Urban Studies "Inequality and the City" event with 85 participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Innovate 2016 Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Innovate is the UK's primary Innovation Showcase event. Smart cities was major theme for the event programme. UBDC Senior Business Manager Keith Dingwall attended to network and raise awareness of UBDC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.events.trade.gov.uk/innovate-uk-2016
 
Description Innovate UK Infrastructure Systems Competition Briefing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC Senior Business Manager Keith Dingwall attended this event to gather information and network for UBDC, and look at potential partnerships that might arise from this Competition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Innovate UK Workshop: Solving Urban Challenges with Data (Glasgow) (Prof. N. Bailey and Des McNulty attended) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Nick Bailey and Des McNulty attended to gather information about the Innovate UK investments and network with potential collaborators.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/solving-urban-challenges-with-data/events-view/-/events/18894293
 
Description Innovate UK Workshop: Solving Urban Problems with Data (Manchester) (Prof. G. Pryce attended) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Prof. Gwilym Pryce attended from University of Sheffield to raise profile of UBDC and take advantage of networking opportunities.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/solving-urban-challenges-with-data/events-view/-/events/18474006?...
 
Description Innovative Use of Big Data - Investing in the Danish Smart Cities Sector 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC Senior Business Manager Keith Dingwall attended this smart cities event hosted jointly by Future Cities Catapult, DTU, and Danish Govt International Development, to network, gather information, and promote UBDC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Innovative approaches to social research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Catherine Lido, a researcher with the UBDC's Education Research Group, presented in London on the work of the Urban Big Data Centre (University of Glasgow), and specifically, the integrated Multmedia City Data (iMCD) project. She presented findings regarding precarity, place and 'social capital' as it relates to literacies, as well as, civic participation and overall general health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Institute of Civil Engineers delegation to UBDC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to UBDC by Prof Tim Broyd, Chair of Institute of Civil Engineers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Integrated Multimedia City Data Workshop - Andrew McHugh, Christina Boididou, Magdalena Drafiova, Obinna Anejionu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In this iMCD workshop Andrew McHugh, UBDC Senior Data Science Manager, presented on the work to publish social media data undertaken within the Centre. Christina Boididou, UBDC Scientific Computing Officer - Research Data Scientist, summarised image detection and social isolation work using iMCD lifelogging image data on the 01/10/18.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ubdc-data-workshop-series-integrated-multimedia-city-data-imcd-ticket...
 
Description Integration and Equality in 21st Century: Can we have one without the other? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Integration and Equality in 21st Century: Can we have one without the other? Public Lecture, 14th June 2017. UBDC Co-Investigator, Prof Gwilym Pryce's inaugural lecture at the University of Sheffield presented work from the UBDC project and related research on segregation and inequality, sparking lively questions and discussion, and leading to a number of research opportunities and collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/smi/latest-news/inaugural-lecture-1.702407
 
Description Intelligent Community Challenge: Urban Design, London (UBDC hosting stall) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact UBDC is hosting an exhibition stall to promote the UBDC services and training offering as well as the MsC in Urban Transport.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description International Conference on Weblog and Social Media: "Tweeting Behaviour during Train Disruptions within a City" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC researchers Nut Limsopatham, M-Dyaa Albakour, Craig Macdonald and Iadh Ounis present their paper, "Tweeting Behaviour during Train Disruptions within a City" at the Digital Placemaking Workshop, which is part of the 2015 International Conference on Weblog and Social Media (ICWSM) in Oxford, UK this May. For more information, please visit the ICWSM Digital Placemaking Workshop website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description International Environmetrics Society Meeting (TIES International Conference ) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC materials distributed in programme pack.
ISPRS is a leading organization in remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information sciences - very high-resolution satellite imagery, terrain based imaging and participatory sensing, inexpensive platforms, and advanced information and communications technologies.
Every 4 years the Congress welcomes participants from all over the world. This gathering strengthens relations among the researchers, professionals and representatives of governmental and non-governmental organization thus enhancing the co-operation within the field. ISPRS welcomes all papers bringing new results, achievements, methods and theory to help to shift the present level of knowledge.

All interested organizations are welcome to participate at the Congress as exhibitors. Profit from the opportunity to present your products and services to the leaders in the field.

The program structure is split into several session types: Technical Sessions, Theme Sessions, Special sessions, Plenary Meetings, Exhibitor's Showcase Sessions and Commercial Sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.isprs2016-prague.com/
 
Description Interview - Contribution to Think Piece on Future Data and Analytics - Andrew McHugh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Feeding into the UKRI research infrastructure survey and wider UKRI road mapping exercise, David de Roure was commissioned by ESRC to write a "Think Piece" on future data and analytics. He explained that his aim was to get a sense of the future needs of the social science community in terms of data analytics and computational needs. Focussing on "new and emerging forms of data", particularly social media and Internet of Things (as opposed to surveys, admin, consumer, government data - which are being addressed by others), he was also interested in the quality of research, for example to inform "evidence based policy".

Andrew McHugh, UBDC Senior Data Science Manager, participated in a 30 minute interview. Areas of interest included work on SUDS and iMCD - UBDC is quite unique in terms of how we combine a range of types of data sources on the 04/06/18. Other participants in the work included UKDS and the social data science team at the Turing Institute.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited speaker and International Advisory Committee member, 7) First International Workshop on Big Data Smart Transportation Analytics in Shanghai, China, jointly organized by Purdue University and Tongji University, Shanghai, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact First International Workshop on Big Data Smart Transportation Analytics in Shanghai, China, jointly organized by Purdue University and Tongji University, Shanghai, China, July 16-17, 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Itzhak Benenson Seminar: The use of big urban data for a human view of accessibility and equity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC hosts this seminar from visiting professor Itzak Benenson, Israel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Jennifer Evans-Cowley Seminar at UBDC: The Technology Enabled City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "The Technology Enabled City
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Professor of City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University;
Vice Provost for Capital Planning and Regional Campuses, Knolton School of Architecture
Wednesday, 8th July
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Urban Big Data Centre, Conference Room
7 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow G12 8RZ"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Jing Yao Presentation at Nankai University on UBDC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Jing Yao presents on the UBDC's research and services to an audience at Nankai University in Tianjin, China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description KE & Impact Conference - University of Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This event was attended by several UBDC staff to improve their understanding of delivery of KE and Impact, and to network with people within the University of Glasgow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Keynote in Advanced Workshop of Urban Studies and Smart Cities, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Emerging Data Sources and Urban Informatics: Examples, Prospects and Challenges. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The keynote was a part of a workshop to help establish a presence in Urban Informatics and Smart Cities in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. the keynote was supported by Strategic Development Fund, Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as Department of Geography and Resource Management
Urban Studies Programme, Institute of Future Cities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description LDN Big Data Conference 2018 - Rod Walpole and Obinna Anejionu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact UBDC Scientific Computing Officers, Rod Walpole and Dr Obinna Anejionu, attended as delegates to the Big Data LDN (London): a two-day combined conference and exhibition focusing on how to build dynamic, data-driven systems held on the 13-14 November 2018. The conference and seminar programme is a blend of strategic guidance and actionable technical insights on how to tackle Big Data projects with talks by experts using real-world case studies to introduce new tools and techniques.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Launch of CBS Urban Data Centre (Heerlen), and Award of Platinum City Certification (World Council on City Data) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC Senior IT and Data Servcies Manager, Dr Andrew mcHugh, was invited to attend this event by Statistics Netherlands, Municipality of Heerlen, Heerlen, Netherlands. Aim was relationship building with Statistics Netherlands for UBDC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Life in Data - Data Literacy Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC is part of the #LifeinData Network through our education Research Team. We co-hosted a data literacy workshop in the Glasgow School of Education. People attended there from Education Scotland, SQA, Scottish Government, Edinburgh Council and Zero Waste (Stirling).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Macroscopic traffic flow modelling and control of heterogeneous cities with multi-sensor data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact UBDC Co-I Kostas Ampountolas was invited to give this talk at the Department of Civil Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Macroscopic traffic flow modelling and control of heterogeneous cities with multi-sensor data. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Macroscopic traffic flow modelling and control of heterogeneous cities with multi-sensor data. School of Civil Engineering & School of Computer Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology & Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China, July 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://en.scut.edu.cn/detail.jsp?id=40257
 
Description Manchester Big Data Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Hosted by CMIST at University of Manchester. This seminar will give an overview of the UBDC's research, data services and the data products you can expect to have access to as we continue to develop our offer during 2015:

Programme
09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Welcome from the chair
Sarah King-Hele (Data, Services and Skills, CMIST, University of Manchester)
10.05 Introduction to the UBDC: A Data Services Overview
Stefanie Lewis (Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow)
10.40 Q&A
10.50 Break
11.10 Research Projects in the UBDC
Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka (Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow)
11.50 Q&A
12.00 Close
12.05 Lunch and networking"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting of the RDA IG on Urban Quality of Life Indicators: Urban Data Informatics and Delivery. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC PI and Director, Prof Thakuriah, presented at this Workshop on 'Understanding the city using unstructured data sources'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting on Centre for Big Data Statistics / UBDC Collaboration Potential 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mirela Causevic, a data scientist at Statistics Netherlands (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek or CBS) visited UBDC as part of a SASNet Fellowship. In this meeting she discussed some of the work being carried out at Statistics Netherlands, mainly in the context of the CBDS - the Centre for Big Data Statistics. She also touched upon possible directions for collaboration between CBDS and UBDC and potential mutual research interests based on her knowledge gained through her brief visit here.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Audit Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Bailey UBDC Director Co- I met with Nichola Williams, Senior Auditor to discuss analysis of health and social care data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with CEO, CityLets [private letting agency] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 6 Dec 17 Prof Nick Bailey (UBDC Co-Director) met with Thomas Ashdown, CEO, CityLets [private letting agency] in connection with UBDC housing work stream and data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Care Monitoring 2000 to discuss data sharing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The HE / industry collaborations group Interface put us in touch with CM2000 (Care Monitoring 2000) at their request to discuss ways in which we might support them in their business of providing electronic and digital monitoring of various health and social care related services. We met with them on 20/4/17 and various options for supporting their data collection and use, and for them potentially providing their data for research, were discussed, and followed up afterwards by email. This activity has not yet resulted in impact as at March 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Delegation from Chinese Tianjin Eco City and Bluepath Consulting - Andrew McHugh, David McArthur, Rod Walpole & Obinna Anejionu 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Andrew McHugh, UBDC Senior Data Science Manager, David McArthur, UBDC Associate Director - Training and Capacity Building, Rod Walpole & Obinna Anejionu, UBDC Scientific Computing Officers met with the consultancy company to explore opportunities to deploy big data management standards to facilitate city developments on the 23/05/18. This relationship came through BSI.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Head of Data Science, DWP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 21 July 17 Prof Nick Bailey (UBDC Co-Director) met with Charlie Boundy, Head of Data Science, DWP regarding Zoopla data from our data collections, and UBDC's remit more generally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Head of Sheffield Data Science Hub, DWP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 15 Aug 17 Prof Nick Bailey (UBDC Co-Director) met with Billy Blyth, Head of Sheffield Data Science Hub, DWP regarding recruitment needs for data scientists (in connection with development of new MSc planned by UBDC).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2017
 
Description Meeting with Homes for Good re UBDC data and housing research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 11 Oct 17 Prof Nick Bailey (UBDC Co-Director) met with Sue Aktemel, Homes for Good [private letting agency and landlord], in connection with the UBDC housing work stream.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Housing, Greater London Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 12 Oct 17 Prof Nick Bailey (UBDC Co-Director) met with James Gleeson, Senior Policy Officer - Housing, Greater London Authority, in connection with UBDC housing work stream and data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with John Pullinger, UK National Statistician 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UK National Statistician John Pullinger visited UBDC for a day-long workshop style meeting on 4/9/17 to gain an understanding of the work UBDC does, and discuss mutual affordances with his work and ours.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Private Rental Sector Stakeholder Lead, Valuation Office Agency (VOA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 12 Oct 17 Prof Nick Bailey (UBDC Co-Director) met with Gary Trent, Private Rental Sector Stakeholder Lead, Valuation Office Agency, in connection with UBDC housing work stream and data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Rotherham City Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC University of Sheffield team members had a meeting with senior members of Rotherham City Council to showcase their work and discuss possibilities for future collaboration, including the prospect of funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Scottish Association of Landlords 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 3 Nov 17 Prof Nick Bailey (UBDC Co-Director) met with Mike Campbell, Scottish Association of Landlords in connection with UBDC housing work stream and data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Transport Scotland GIS team to discuss data sharing and other mutual activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Transport Scotland GIS team visited UBDC on 2/10/17 for a half-day workshop and discussion looking at ways in which we could work together in the future, including data sharing and their interest in using our SUDS platform. This meeting resulted in an invitation to the OSMA Management Board to present our work and discuss data sharing and our research with various data collecting/owning bodies within the Scottish public sector, such as Police Scotland. That meeting is recorded in ResearchFish also.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with the Improvement Service (Scotland) re small area datasets 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 7 Sept 17 Prof Nick Bailey (UBDC Co-Director) met with the Improvement Service - Iain McKay, re collaboration on small area datasets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Michael Keith Seminar: The Future of the Future City? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This capacity-building seminar was provided by guest speaker Michael Keith, Director of COMPAS, Co-ordinator of Urban Transformations (The ESRC portfolio of investments and research on cities), and Co-Director of the University of Oxford Future of Cities programme. The talk considered the historical contingency of claims made around urban futures and the manner in which we might measure the 'future city' with its deterministic dimensions, emergent forms and ethical dilemmas. There were requests from Glasgow City Council to engage further with Michael Keith on his views of the future of urbanisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/michael-kei...
 
Description Michael Keith Seminar: The Future of the Future City? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a free seminar hosted by UBDC with Michael Keith, Director of COMPAS, Co-ordinator of Urban Transformations (The ESRC portfolio of investments and research on cities), and Co-Director of the University of Oxford Future of Cities Programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/michael-kei...
 
Description MoSSFest 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Catherine Lido and Kate Reid attended under UBDC affiliation. MoSSFest, the Middle of Scotland Science festival is a pop-up family science festival with fun science events for all ages on the 30/09/18.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.froglife.org/event/drop-in-consultation-stall-2-2/
 
Description Modelling City Centres - LGA event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a workshop for reps from local governments (60 attendees from LGA and 20 from academia). Work relating to modelling the growth of the high street was presented by researchers from BLG. This workshop led to the development of a project with Cambridge City Council re town planning and smart cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Modelling World Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "DATA AND VISUALISATION - India Room 2:30pm
Chair: Luis Willumsen, ?Independent Consultant, Transport Planning, Demand Modelling and Forecasting
Big data analytics and visualisation to optimise transit operations and planning
Matt Pettit, Citilabs/Urban Engines
Urban informatics and urban modelling with big data
Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka, Urban Big Data Centre, Glasgow University
Predictive models and decision support tools
Miguel Picornell,Technical Manager, Kineo/Nommon
Integrating data and models for urban planning and design
Eime Tobari, Associate Director, Space Syntax
Title: Urban informatics and urban modelling with big data
The conference was really big but at my presentation maybe there was about 150-200 people."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://landor.co.uk/modellingworld/2016/speakers.php
 
Description Mudbloods, Muggles and the Magic of Integration (public lecture) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC University of Sheffield Co-Investigator, Prof Gwilym Pryce, gave a public lecture organised by Sheffield Central Library as part of their Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Exhibition. Sparked lots of interest and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mudbloods-muggles-the-magic-of-social-integration-tickets-37727709595...
 
Description Multimodal Transport Solutions for Wales - launch of a a white paper on Developing Sustainable, Agile Multimodal Transport Solutions for Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC researcher Dr David McArthur attended this launch event on behalf of UBDC and networked with Welsh Assembly and others, discussing potential use of our transport research and data. Event description on the South Wales Chamber of Commerce website: "On April 5th 2017 our member Furrey+Frey are publishing a white paper on "Developing Sustainable, Agile Multimodal Transport Solutions for Wales" that will be launched at the National Assembly for Wales and sponsored by an Assembly Member that sits on the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee for Wales. There will be speeches from the Arts and Education Sector with the focus on transport infrastructure being the key to connecting communities to allow access to employment, education, health, arts, sports, etc The event is free to attend."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://southwaleschamber.co.uk/furrerfrey/
 
Description Multiscale Measures of Segregation Data - ESRC Research Methods Festival 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Convenors of the Multiscale Measures of Segregation Data Session, Professor Richard Harris (University of Bristol) and Dr David Manley (University of Bristol).
The purpose of this session is to showcase and to discuss new data, software and methods for the methods of segregation. The focus is on moving away from measuring (ethnic) segregation at a single scale, using traditional indices, to treating segregation as a multiscale phenomenon. Various methods have been advocated including multilevel, geostatistical and 'egocentric' approaches, and software has been developed, including the multilevel index of dissimilarity (MLID) package for R, MLwiN, and Equipop. Gridded population data provide opportunity for scale effects to be considered independent of the varying size and shapes of Census tracts and areas held on the 14 July 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2018
URL https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/RMF2018/programme/session.php?id=E4
 
Description NECTAR: Big data: a new opportunity for urban transport and mobility policies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) is organising a
special NECTAR (Network of European Communications and Transportation Academic
Researchers) Cluster 8 meeting in Seville (Spain).
The meeting is organised to bring together leading researchers from a
number of disciplines related to big data to discuss research outcomes that may contribute
to a better design of sustainable mobility policies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nectar-eu.eu/cluster-8-workshop-10-11-march-2016-seville-spain/
 
Description New Mobility Perspectives in the era of Wearable Sensors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC Research Associate, Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka, presented this free public Royal Statistical Society (RSS) seminar in Edinburgh on 3/10/17.Abstract:
Human mobility is vital for understanding expansion processes in urban areas, the establishment of transportation services and the spatial distribution of facilities. Until recently, exploring human mobility in detail was challenging because personal trip data collection methods consisted of expensive and time consuming methods. The development of sensors such as GPS trackers or other wearable devices equipped with various sensors that capture movement data in real-time and at detailed spatial and temporal scales has transformed our ability to collect mobility data. However, even though GPS trackers record an individual's location and movement very accurately, they do not record essential characteristics of travel behaviour such as travel mode or trip purpose. What can be done to enhance raw movement trajectories in order to uncover these mobility characteristics? And what can be done to publish the data without breaching individuals' privacy?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.statslife.org.uk/events/eventdetail/990/-/new-mobility-perspectives-in-the-era-of-wearab...
 
Description New Sources of Data for Social Science Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SASNet helped bring together the major UK ESRC data and methods services to host an event in Glasgow aimed at researchers interested in updating their knowledge about social science research using these new forms of data. These services included: The Administrative Data Research Network, BLGDRC, CALLS-Hub, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, CDRC, CLOSER, NCRM, UBDC, UK Data Service and Understanding Society. After introducing the audience to these services and their specialisms, there were 3 themed interactive sessions that covered new data advancements in Administrative, Biomarker and Big Data. Following the success of this popular event, it was repeated in the same format in London in early 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/outreach-plus-training/events-workshops-training-more/past-events-2017/new-sources...
 
Description New and Emerging Forms of Data for Policy Making: Transport, Health and Air Quality Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC Director Vonu Thakuriah, attended this one-day mini-conference which explored the way in which new and emerging forms of data (aka 'big' data - such as mobile phone data, social network data, geo-tagged data, image data) are contributing to innovation in:

-Individual Mobility and Exposures
-Understanding individual mobility patterns
-Estimating the health burdens of different kinds of exposure related to mobility
-Quantification of personal pollution exposure
-Determining exercise-related benefits of active transport (walking and cycling)

Policy Assessment and Implementation

Models and tools for public policies
Incentivisation for adopting more sustainable forms of transport
Development of air quality management plans
Spatio-temporal modelling
Ethical guidelines for data management
Identifying and addressing social inequalities related to transport

The free event held on the 24/04/18 consisted of expert presentations which will describe forms and application of new and emerging data, networking opportunities and a panel discussion on opportunities and implications of these new data forms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description New sources of data for social science research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Aimed at researchers from academia or elsewhere who want to know more about new sources of data are that are available for social sciences research in the UK, this free half-day event provided an opportunity to catch up with new sources of data for social science research. Presentations covered examples of research use cases and ways to access each of the following sources of data in the UK:

• Administrative data
• Biomarker and genetics data
• Consumer data

For each of these sources of data there was an overview and consideration of how they can be used to extend options for exploring social science research questions.

This event was hosted by the UK Data Service and organised collaboratively by the Administrative Data Research Network, BLG, CALLS-Hub, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, CDRC, CLOSER, NCRM, UBDC, UK Data Service and Understanding Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://events.ucl.ac.uk/event/event:pt-jc1vr284-b43wrz/closer-event-new-sources-of-data-for-social-s...
 
Description Noreen McDonald Seminar: Evolving Mobility Patterns of Young Adults 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "Today's young adults - the millennials - drive less than previous generations and these declines have been documented in the UK, US, and Europe. This seminar will use data on time use and travel of Americans to:
· highlight how travel has changed across generations,
· explain the causes of the decline, and
· consider the evolution of these trends.

The seminar will conclude with a conversation on the policy impacts of sustained shifts in the travel of young adults on transport planning and finance."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://curs.unc.edu/researchers/curs-staff-researchers/noreen-mcdonald/
 
Description ONS / UBDC Hack Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The ONS Public Policy Division and UBDC put on a data hackday for ONS staff, supported by UBDC data collections and attended by Rod Walpole, UBDC Geospatial Data Scientist, who providedsupport to participants. The event was exploratory and capacity building for ONS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ONS Data Science Campus meeting to discuss data sharing and other activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Staff from the ONS Data Science Campus visited UBDC for a day-long workshop/meeting to introduce each other to our work and data collections, followed by discussion on actvities to work together more closely on. Activities resulting include our support for the ATI Data Dive they were partners in, supplying them with Zoopla data to investigate the use of big data in compiling official statistics, and more broadly supporting and reaching out to their counterparts in other countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news/2017/october/how-much-does-it-cost-to-rent-a-private-property-in-your-area/
 
Description ONS using machine learning to identify caravans in Zoopla data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact ONS has a data sharing agreement with UBDC to use Zoopla data in its various studies on the use of big data in official statistics. One use was to explore using Zoopla data anbd machine learning to identify uses of caravans in campsites - residential or holiday homes? ONS published this blog and also linked to their GitHub where they have made their findings publicly available, We are currently discussing with ONS any impacts this may have had and future work we can collaborate on.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://digitalblog.ons.gov.uk/2017/06/21/happy-campers-using-machine-learning-to-identify-caravans-...
 
Description OSMA Management Board Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC Senior IT and Data Services Manager, Dr Andrew McHugh, and UBDC Research Associate Yeran Sun, were invited to attend this regular meeting of the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) Management Board to take forward collaboration between UBDC and members of OSMA. Discussed UBDC interactions with UK and Scottish Government on spatial data, and Yeran Sun presented on research linking incidences of crime and road traffic accidents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/public-sector/mapping-agreements/soslo.html
 
Description Ohio State University - 2014-15 Geography Colloquium Series: Data-Driven Public Transportation and Operations (Prof. P. Thakuriah) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers