Urban Big Data Centre

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

Abstract

The Urban Big Data Centre aims to promote innovative research methods and the use of big data to improve social, economic and environmental well-being in cities. Traditionally, quantitative urban analysis relied on data designed for research purposes: Census and social surveys, in particular. Their qualities are well understood and the skills needed for extracting knowledge from them widely shared by social researchers. With the arrival of the digital age, we produce an ever increasing volume of data as we go about our daily lives from physical sensors, business and public administrative systems, or social media platforms, for example. These data have the potential to provide valuable insights into urban life but there are many more challenges in extracting useful knowledge from them. Some are technical, arising from the volume and variety of data, and its less structured nature. Some are legal and ethical, concerning data ownership rights and individual privacy rights.

Above all, there are important social science issues in the use of big data. We need to shape the questions we ask of these data with an informed perspective on urban problems and contexts, and not have data drive the research. There is a need to ask questions about the data themselves and how they affect the resulting representations of urban life. And there is a need to examine the ways in which these data are taken up by policy makers and used in decision making.

UBDC is a research centre which brings together an outstanding multi-disciplinary team to address these complex and varied challenges. We are a unique combination of four capacities: social scientists with expertise from a range of disciplinary backgrounds relevant to urban studies; data scientists with expertise in programming, data management, information retrieval and spatial information systems, as well as in legal issues around big data use; a data infrastructure comprising a substantial data collection and secure data management and analysis systems; and an academic group with strong connections to policy, industry and civil society organisations developed over the course of phase one and wider work.

In the second phase, our objectives are to maximise the social and economic benefits of activities from phase one. We will do this in particular through partnerships with industrial and government stakeholders, working together to produce analyses which meet their needs as well as having wider application. We will continue to publish world-leading scientific papers across a range of disciplines. We will work to enhance data collections and develop new methods of analysis. We will conduct research to understand the quality of these new data, how well they represent or misrepresent particular aspects of life, and how they are and could be used by policy makers in practice. Lastly, we will build capacity for researchers and others to work with this kind of data in future.

Our work programme comprises four thematic work packages. One focuses on understanding the sustainability, equity and efficiency of urban transport systems and on evaluating the impacts on these of infrastructure investments. There is a particular focus on public transport accessibility as well as active travel and hence health outcomes. The second examines the changing residential structure of cities or patterns of spatial segregation, and their consequences for social equity, with a particular focus on the re-growth of private renting. The third studies how urban systems shape skills development and productivity and, in particular, how the combination of home and school environments combine to shape secondary educational attainment. The fourth explores how big data are being taken up by policy makers. It asks what the barriers are to more effective use of these data but also whether they distort the picture of needs which a public body may form.

Planned Impact

In line with our overall aim, we will work to maximise impacts from our research, new datasets we produce and the development of novel methods or new applications of existing ones. In doing so, we will demonstrate the value of big data and urban analytics. The intended beneficiaries continue to be extremely diverse (businesses, small and large; government/public bodies; and civil society), both national and international. For phase two, we concentrate our efforts on industrial and public sectors, as outlined below.

Industrial impact
In phase one, UBDC supported or collaborated with 33 private companies working in information management, mobility and transport, housing and geospatial data infrastructure, among others. Our next phase involves a number of new and continuing collaborations as noted in the Work Packages (WP), with potential benefits for those firms but also for the wider markets in which they operate.
In WP1, for example, our analysis of rail data will be of direct benefit to our industrial partner as new knowledge aims to support their activities to increase ridership. The knowledge and methods we develop will be relevant across the industry as well as being of value to public bodies such as rail regulators and transport planners more generally. Our efforts to understand cycling behaviour in response to infrastructure investment will benefit the growing bike sharing industry, as well as public bodies responsible for infrastructure investment and agencies with a remit for promotion of active travel.
In WP2, we are working with two property listings firms to better understand the qualities of their data and enrich them through integration with other sources. These engagements offer direct benefits to them in terms of the value of their data assets. Our results will benefit the wider private renting industry (landlords and agents) through a better understanding of this emerging, dynamic sector. Research in partnership with the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) will shed light on the impacts of recent regulatory changes, enabling market actors to take a more informed position in relation to these.

Impact for government and public bodies
In phase one, UBDC worked with 17 government and public bodies at UK, devolved, regional and local tiers. We sought to produce positive impacts in specific policy domains (housing and planning, transport, health and social care, education) and we engaged at a more strategic level to support efforts by city governments in the UK and internationally to develop urban analytics initiatives. We will extend this strategy in phase two.
In discussing industrial impact, we have already identified a number of areas where we will seek parallel impacts on public policy. In WP3, we will produce new knowledge on the gaps in educational attainment from school and neighbourhood, with widespread application within educational policy at national and local levels. We will cast new light on the relatively neglected area of educational careers within FE and the extent to which these contribute to filling regional skills gaps in key sectors such as engineering and construction.
In WP4, we will provide new understanding of how online reporting tools represent (or misrepresent) citizens' needs to public bodies. This knowledge has very widespread application in enabling local authorities and other public bodies to use such tools in ways which support fairer and more efficient distribution of resources, rather than undermining them. Other work in this stream will support efforts to make urban big data more useable and useful by enhancing data standards, continuing work from phase one.
At the strategic level, we will work with Glasgow and Edinburgh City Deals to help them identify how big data and urban analytics can inform the monitoring and evaluation of their major investment programmes, with potential wider value for other City Deals and urban authorities more generally.

Organisations

Publications

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Description The overall aim of UBDC is to promote innovative research methods and the use of digital footprints (DF) data to improve social, economic and environmental well-being in cities. As a research centre, we have produced new knowledge about cities and urban systems from our work across a number of key domains as well as new knowledge on the value of DF data for urban research. Our work has developed innovative methods for urban analytics and we contribute substantially to enhancing research capabilities through advanced educational programmes. We deal with each below. UBDC also provides a national data service for DF data for urban analysis. Contributions stemming from that work are reported under the relevant award although there is clearly a cross-over with research centre activity.
Knowledge of the urban system
In terms of substantive knowledge about the urban system, we have made major contributions in a number of areas. We highlight a small number here. During the pandemic, interest in urban mobility patterns grew rapidly. Initially the focus was on understanding compliance with social distancing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Later, attention shifted to understanding social and economic impacts of the pandemic, and supporting recovery. UBDC has developed new techniques for using mobile phone app data to develop a picture of changes in urban mobility. We have developed innovative methods for estimating home zones for users, demonstrating the improvement over earlier alogorithms. Homes zones provide the basis for estimating representativeness of the data, developing weights to reduce bias and inferring socio-economic status of users (Sinclair et al 2021, 2022). We have also developed and assessed methods for identifying separate trips within the data, using these to produce origin-destination flows and validating these flows against other sources (Maadi et al 2022). Our research continues to develop, with a range of applications including studies of the transmission of COVID-19 (jointly with the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research, part of the ADR UK network).
We have shown how user-volunteered data from a fitness app (Strava) can shed light on cycling behaviours and choices, and the impacts of infrastructure investment and weather on these. For example, our work shows the positive returns from cycling infrastructure investment through increased active travel, particularly for those who are less 'committed' cyclists and particularly where infrastructure offers fully segregated cycling (McArthur and Hong, 2019; Hong et al 2020; Hong et al 2019).
In housing, work on long-term rentals (private renting) using a licensed data collection (Zoopla) has shown how the sector plays an increasing role in housing those in poverty (Bailey 2020). With growing restrictions in personal housing subsidies (Housing Benefits - open data), we show how this has contributed to the suburbanisation of poverty in UK cities (Bailey et al 2022). On-going work is examining the impact of Scottish regulatory reforms on the PRS. Work on short-term rentals using web-scraping has shown how enhanced datasets based on higher-frequency collection of data can provide a richer understanding of volumes of activity and returns from this market, and hence identify the neighbourhoods most at risk of losing long-term housing supply (Wang et al forthcoming 2022).
Knowledge of the value of DF data
A key challenge with DF data is around validity and in particular the issue of representativeness or bias from uneven coverage of the relevant population. This is particularly problematic with user-generated data and data from business systems where firms' market share may fluctuate over space and time. A key contribution of UBDC has been the validation of several major examples of DF data related to cycling (McArthur et al 2019), housing (Livingston et al, 2021) and mobility (Sinclair et al, 2022). Further work has shown how UBDC's data collections and processing provide an improvement on previously existing approaches. We have shown how our data collection on short-term rentals (Airbnb) provides richer insights into the nature of operations in that sector than the 'de facto' standard open-source data used in the great bulk of research (Wang et al under review). As noted above, our methods of processing of mobile phone app data have shown an improvement in the identification of home zones.
The pandemic has provided a major shock to public authorities in relation to their needs for accurate, up-to-date intelligence on a range of areas or activities. Working jointly with the Digital Office for Local Government in Scotland, we conducted a review of the changes in local authority data practices (Gangneux and Joss 2021). We continue to work with the Digital Office to disseminate recommendations and influence future practices.
Methodological developments
We have contributed novel methods for studying the city, especially through the integration of sensors with household surveys. We have developed a system to produce pedestrian footfall counts from CCTV image data, and protocols to embed this within an operational public safety setting. Further enhancements are underway to develop better counts of cycling, and to reduce the computational requirements.
Our work with mobile phone app data has developed improved algorithms for home zone detection (Sinclair et al 2022), and for trip segmentation and the production of origin-destination matrices (Maadi et al 2022). This permits us to produce innovative small-area mobility measures with wide applications across a range of analytical challenges and policy areas.
We have developed deterministic methods for identifying Unique Property Reference Numbers for address-based data, exceeding matching rates achieved by UK Government bodies and contributing to the development of integrated property datasets.
We are just completing the development of an open source data collection of measure of accessibility by public transport to jobs and amenities, covering the whole of Great Britain. This has multiple applications in understanding mobility and social inequalities within cities.
The Integrated Multimedia City Database (iMCD) was a pioneering data collection exercise, combining surveys and sensors, in this case, GPS and lifelogging, with wider contextual and multimedia data collection. This supported the development of Learning City metrics (Lido et al. 2018), and analysis of the links from financial literacy and numeracy to transport (Hong et al, 2019) as well as adult learning engagement (Lido et al. 2016). We are currently piloting the integration of home environment sensors into household surveys, and conducting a linked travel survey and mobile app data collection.
Capacity building: education
We report on short courses, training events and webinars under the UBDC data service award. More directly related to the research centre, we enhance research capacity through advanced methods training on our MSc and PhD programmes. We run two MSc degrees (in Urban Transport and in Urban Analytics), both with 20+ full-time students annually. Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers and, in some cases, to PhD study.
Between them, staff supervise 20+ PhD students linked to UBDC. We further add to research capacity through the training of our staff, many of whom have moved on to academic positions in the UK and overseas, as well as roles in industry and the public sector.
Exploitation Route Our research will be built on in numerous ways, reflecting the diverse contributions noted above. UBDC researchers are actively pursuing many of these areas but no doubt our publications and the continued availability of our data collections will inspire others to do likewise. At the broadest level, our work provides a platform for studying the emergent post-pandemic sustainable city. While the long-term impacts of the pandemic remain uncertain to a degree, there can be little doubt that there will be permanent shifts in patterns of working for many, with immediate consequences for housing preferences and commuting, and wider consequences for city centres, urban retail and leisure services more generally, public services, and social inequalities and segregation. At the same time, cities are leading the efforts around the environment agenda of transition to net zero, climate resilience or adaptation, and biodiversity. The spatial and temporal detail of DF data, and their low latency ('near-real-time') make them the ideal basis for research on these emergent urban forms, and we expect these twin agendas to be key features of future work in this area.
There are many more specific ways in which our work can be taken forwards and we give a few illustrative examples here. With urban mobility, for example, future plans include: analysis of the usage of greenspace during and since the pandemic; the development of methods for inferring travel mode, combining the mobile app data with the survey-sensor mobility data; and comparisons between mobile app and Census data in the measurement of travel to work. With housing, we have on-going work examining the impact of Scottish regulatory reforms of the private rental sector and work to examine the interaction between short-term and long-term rental sectors, during and post pandemic.
Methodological contributions will support a wide range of further work, not least because of our commitment to open publication, open source code and dissemination and promotion through capacity building training courses. These will support future work on active travel (pedestrian and cycling counts from CCTV images) or urban mobility (various methods for processing mobile phone app data). Web scraping tools and associated guidance on the legal framework will enable these approaches to be used in diverse areas.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport,Other

URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/research/research-projects/
 
Description As a research centre, we are at a relatively early stage of development, having commenced in 2019. Nevertheless, we achieve instrumental and conceptual impact through our substantive research on aspects of the urban system and on the value of 'digital footprints' (DF) data for this work in particular. We also achieve impact through our capacity building activities. The last year has seen the deepening of key partnerships with a number of public and private sector organisations, and these will play a central role in our pathway to future impact. Impact through substantive research outputs We have worked closely with a range of stakeholders in Glasgow City Council, Scottish Government and other bodies to understand their analytical and policy interests in urban mobility. Our data service activities have provided them with access to derived datasets which are being used in the planning of public transport reforms (see ResearchFish entry for our data service). Our research is providing insights into the impacts of mobility on COVID-19 risks for households in work being conducted at Scottish Government's request. We expect outputs to influence future interventions if further outbreaks should occur. We are working closely with a range of authorities with responsibility for the development and management of greenspaces to disseminate research on changes in levels and patterns of activity, derived from the mobile data. We worked closely with North Lanarkshire Council, helping the authority understand the impacts of digitalisation of service requests on the distribution of environmental services and resources. We have a particular focus on the social/spatial and gender distribution of services which results from this kind of service change (Hastings et al 2021). There is great potential to work with a much larger number of authorities in due course but we already have clear evidence of how our analysis informs the work of this authority. In our work on private renting, we have collaborated closely with the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) producing a joint report in 2018 on data needed to support the evaluation of earlier reforms (Livingston et al 2018). We have continued close engagement with them and Scottish Government analysts in further debates about reforms to private renting and to the short-term rental market, making invited contributions to various stakeholder events and written responses to parliamentary enquiries. We have made inputs to discussions around both policy and research, with our recommendations on better stewardship of data from regulatory activities finding political support. We continue to monitor subsequent changes in policy and regulation. We used cycling app data from Strava to evaluate the impacts of infrastructure investment, providing feedback to local authorities, health boards and others on the scale of changes in cycling levels and how these vary with the nature of the infrastructure. Our research on how the pandemic has shaped the use of data by local authorities and other public bodies is being used by the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government to shape future practices. We have been invited to support that work, and will be following the impacts in the coming year. Training and capacity building We have established two MSc programmes under the Centre (in Urban Analytics and in Urban Transport). Both are growing rapidly, and producing a stream of graduates with technical and analytical skills but also substantive expertise in their fields. The Urban Analytics programme receives sponsorship from DataLab, the Scottish Government's agency for the promotion of data science. Funded places reflect their judgement of the need to increase the supply of skilled labour in this field and of the quality of our provision. We have a strong programme of staff development and training. Several former staff work in industry and the public sector. We have a regular programme of research seminars and webinars with a capacity-building focus.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport,Other
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Consultation re: UKRI ESRC Proposal for New and Emerging Forms of Data Network (now Digital Footprints)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Data Access Research Environment (DARE) Programme Engagement re: Trusted Research Environments
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://dareuk.org.uk/
 
Description Impact on council services
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Nicole Paterson, Head of Environmental Assets at North Lanarkshire Council, provided the following quotation attesting to the impact of the research findings: "It has recently assisted in reporting to the Council's Audit & Scrutiny Panel the changing face of the service over time, work which given the changing nature of service delivery, Officers within the service often don't get the opportunity to step back from day to day tasks to do. It has highlighted to Members the service constraints and opportunities. "The early work has highlighted the substantial decrease in funding to the service over the last ten years and with the help of UBDC analysing trends and resultant differences in the service delivered to customers day to day. "Reflection on the historical analysis presented has enabled the service to more objectively consider the proper targeting of resources going forward, and integrate the learning into opportunities to roll out new technologies and practices within North Lanarkshire's communities. "We look forward to the further work in relation to street cleansing and deprivation, gaining an understanding of what that will mean to service delivery opportunities within North Lanarkshire, ensuring resources are targeted to make North Lanarkshire the place to live, learn, work, invest and visit."
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/february/using-council-data-to-understand-the-impact-of-auste...
 
Description Nature Index: Inclusion in the time of COVID: 14 ways to seize the moment for change
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact As a Nature Index piece it reaches an international scientific community, more importantly this piece offers 14 policy and practice recommendations to tackle the problem based on our mixed-methods, multi-project findings.
URL https://www.natureindex.com/news-blog/inclusion-time-covid-pandemic-how-to-seize-the-moment-for-chan...
 
Description Participation in Department for Transport / FutureGov Consultation on National Access Point (UK National Transport Data Catalogue)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact This is primarily manifested in improvements in the provision of data cataloguing and access services around transport data.
URL https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/digital-outcomes-and-specialists/opportunities/12774
 
Description Participation in consultation on ESRC Data Infrastructure Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://esrc.ukri.org/news-events-and-publications/publications/corporate-publications/data-infrastr...
 
Description Written Evidence Submitted to Scottish Parliament on Gendered Inequalities in Academic STEM
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact The EPSRC-funded VisNET and eBase projects are part of Inclusion Matters funding, but VisNET funding was contingent upon ESRC in-kind support and shared data scientists and co-PIs applying e-intervention and technologies to address gendered inequalities in academic STEM. Both projects have been involved in government reviews of worsening gendered inequalites in STEM funding (through review of open data on applications submitted and funded), as well as other large scale online surveys and smaller scale qualitative work on the issue. Thus far evidence has contributed to shaping of future funding calls and arguably institutional practices to offset impacts of Covid on academic funding and outputs.
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/5044/pdf/
 
Description Approaching the Cliff Edge? The Intentions of Private Rented Sector Landlords on Cessation of the Eviction Ban in Scotland
Amount £35,317 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2021 
End 07/2022
 
Description Closed-Loop Data Science for Complex, Computationally- and Data-Intensive Analytics
Amount £3,055,465 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R018634/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 04/2022
 
Description ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (University of Glasgow) Strava Privacy Study
Amount £11,160 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 07/2020
 
Description Glasgow City Council Mobile Data (Phase 1)
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 314369 
Organisation Glasgow City Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 03/2021
 
Description Glasgow City Council Mobile Data (Phase 2)
Amount £48,750 (GBP)
Organisation Glasgow City Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 03/2022
 
Description Glasgow as a Living Lab Accelerating Novel Transformation
Amount £800,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 01/2027
 
Description OS National Enhanced Residential Property Data, Data Linkage Runway Project
Amount £34,308 (GBP)
Organisation Ordnance Survey 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 03/2022
 
Description PRISTINE: Privacy-preserving and Secure Data Sharing and Trading Ecosystem for Distributed Wireless IoT Networks
Amount £179,408 (GBP)
Funding ID 313372 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2021 
End 02/2023
 
Description RSE-NSFC joint project
Amount £9,800 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2021 
End 05/2023
 
Description Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership
Amount £10,164,769 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/P000681/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 09/2027
 
Description Social and Economic Implications of Transport Sharing and Automation
Amount £302,344 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S001875/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 01/2021
 
Description The Data Lab - MSc student scholarship: This is an existing course which has received TDL funding in the past.
Amount £18,090 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 09/2022
 
Description The Data Lab - MSc student scholarship: This is an existing course which has received TDL funding in the past."
Amount £36,600 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2021 
End 09/2023
 
Description The Lab Data - MSc Student Scholarship
Amount £12,060 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 09/2021
 
Description VisNET: Virtual in situ networking to reinvent the rules of international collaborations and reduce gender differences in academic careers
Amount £395,302 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S012079/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 05/2021
 
Title Automated API/Scraping based approach to AirBnB Data Collection 
Description This is bespoke infrastructure that utilises publicly accessible APIs and, based on the Text and Data Mining Exception from UK and EU copyright law, collects online AirBnB listings data for the purposes of academic research. The platform itself (still in development) provides the means to specify a location of interest, managing call and traffic constraints associated with AirBnB's platform and providing a persistent datastore that can then be the basis for bespoke extracts and specific research enquiries. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The platform remains in development but already is providing a basis for data collection that will inform research into housing, neighbourhoods and the impact of the new sharing economy. Ultimately, although copyright law does not appear to permit us to share the collected data, we will release the code to facilitate others' data collection efforts in due course. 
 
Title IT platform additions to facilitate machine learning (including computer vision) and data management redundancy 
Description UBDC has added remotely accessible high power compute / GPU capacity, available to all data scientists and researchers within UBDC and potentially accessible to data service users. These services are increasingly important within UBDC as the Centre's focus intensifies on data services built on technologies such as computer vision, text and data mining, spatial interpolation and pattern detection and other novel information extraction methods. A remotely accessible service optimises our investment, offering resources to the Centre's data science and researcher communities where additional compute power is required, complementing lower spec hardware accessible on each staff member's desktop. Furthermore, additional fast storage to support additional data creation requirements. The current iteration of our data service delivery model relies on de-normalised and frequently redundant datasets in order to offer data retrieval, extraction and delivery services at scale in an efficient manner. The addition of these resources will facilitate this approach. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact To follow 
 
Title Adzuna Online Jobs Listings Data 
Description Adzuna is a search engine for job advertisements and provides data about the job market. Adzuna searches thousands of websites and brings together millions of advertisements on their website. The dataset consists of full point-in-time snapshots with details of all advertisements which were on adzuna.co.uk. Access to historical data from Spring 2017 is provided in addition to ongoing data to Spring 2022. Non-commercial academic use, up to a total of twelve projects, can be supported by the dataset. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To follow 
 
Title AirBnB Online Scraped Data Collection 
Description This dataset comprises scraped data from the AirBnB online short-term letting service. It includes details of calendar status captured daily with coverage including most of Scotland and several locations in England as well as property characteristics and user feedback (review) information. The dataset is not available to a wider audience at this time. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact To follow 
 
Title CCTV Automated Object Detection Data Output 
Description An output of the ongoing collaboration with Glasgow City Council to utilise Glasgow's existing CCTV system as a ready made sensor network, this dataset comprises counts over time of particular object types (car, person, bicycle, motorcycle, bus and truck) at each of the pilot sites within the CCTV study. As of 2021 there are in the region of 50 cameras providing imagery for processing / counting at generally 30 minute intervals. The dataset is now available from a dedicated online API (see Software & Technical Products) as of 2020. A further dataset records the outcomes of manual counts produced to provide ground truth data, used as the basis for evaluating the effectiveness of the automated counts. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The database already informs and will continue to inform the development of new work evaluating the impact of major capital investment currently ongoing within the City of Glasgow. The project is particularly in response to sparse pedestrian count data which is available for cities such as Glasgow. Those datasets that are available tend to be confined to specific locations (see Springboard data also acquired by UBDC) or prohibitively expensive (e.g. mobile phone / telcom data). This dataset, and underlying approach are intended to reveal insights across the whole city and not require investment in procuring, deploying and maintaining costly new sensor technologies. The dataset has seen several applications during Covid19 and has been expanded to include additional camera locations throughout Glasgow to reflect specific policy and operational needs. The dataset has been used as part of a UK wide effort to collate similar data undertaken by ONS. Discussions with Glasgow City Council are ongoing to enable the release of the dataset as open data. These are mature and there is considerable optimism that this will be achieved in the near future. 
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-catalogue/transport-and-mobility-data/glasgow-cctv-data/
 
Title CGSTL Night Light Data (Glasgow and Edinburgh) 
Description High resolution night light remotely sensed imagery (JL1-3) from CGSTL in Glasgow and Edinburgh areas. This data is pixel based remotely sensed imagery. The spatial resolution is around 0.7m/pixel. High-resolution night light images provide an alternative way to measure urban infrastructure and human activities from the space. We anticipate supporting research that uses the high-resolution night light images to understand, among other things, transport behaviours, crime patterns, and housing development. It has the potential to support high quality research with scientific and public benefit impact. The data is from commercial company, and is not held in any of the existing UK data collections/archives. The company providing the data are content to permit us to share night light imagery to non-commercial academic users under end-user license agreements with the appropriate attribution given. This is a critical priority for data service investments to ensure widespread value can be achieved. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To follow 
 
Title Data underlying the article: Past, present, future: engagement with sustainable urban development through 35 city labels in the scientific literature 1990-2019 
Description This package of supplementary research data and appendices are made available in connection with the following research article published in the Journal of Cleaner Production:Schraven, D., Joss, S., de Jong, M. (2021). Past, present, future: engagement with sustainable urban development through 35 city labels in the scientific literature 1990-2019, Journal of Cleaner Production, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.125924It contains 3 parts of supplementary research data:A: Selection of City Labels: this document sets out the selection procedures for 35 city labels from an original list of 148 labels.B: Article Repository: this documents shows the 11,337 articles that are retrieved and analysed in the main publication.C: Author Keyword Repository: this document contains the list of 22,820 author keywords belonging to the articles in Supplementary Research Data B and their connection to each of the 35 city labels.It contains 2 parts of appendices:A: Enlarged Figure 4 A - F: this document contains the enlarged version of Figure 4 A - F in the main publication.B: Enlarged Figure 5 A - C: this document contains the enlarged version of Figure 5 A - C in the main publication. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact N/A 
URL https://data.4tu.nl/articles/_/13580273
 
Title Data underlying the article: Past, present, future: engagement with sustainable urban development through 35 city labels in the scientific literature 1990-2019 
Description This package of supplementary research data and appendices are made available in connection with the following research article published in the Journal of Cleaner Production:Schraven, D., Joss, S., de Jong, M. (2021). Past, present, future: engagement with sustainable urban development through 35 city labels in the scientific literature 1990-2019, Journal of Cleaner Production, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.125924It contains 3 parts of supplementary research data:A: Selection of City Labels: this document sets out the selection procedures for 35 city labels from an original list of 148 labels.B: Article Repository: this documents shows the 11,337 articles that are retrieved and analysed in the main publication.C: Author Keyword Repository: this document contains the list of 22,820 author keywords belonging to the articles in Supplementary Research Data B and their connection to each of the 35 city labels.It contains 2 parts of appendices:A: Enlarged Figure 4 A - F: this document contains the enlarged version of Figure 4 A - F in the main publication.B: Enlarged Figure 5 A - C: this document contains the enlarged version of Figure 5 A - C in the main publication. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.4tu.nl/articles/_/13580273/2
 
Title Data underlying the article: Past, present, future: engagement with sustainable urban development through 35 city labels in the scientific literature 1990-2019; Supplementary research data and appendices, Delft University of Technology. 
Description This package of supplementary research data and appendices are made available in connection with the following research article published in the Journal of Cleaner Production:Schraven, D., Joss, S., de Jong, M. (2021). Past, present, future: engagement with sustainable urban development through 35 city labels in the scientific literature 1990-2019, Journal of Cleaner Production, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.125924It contains 3 parts of supplementary research data:A: Selection of City Labels: this document sets out the selection procedures for 35 city labels from an original list of 148 labels.B: Article Repository: this documents shows the 11,337 articles that are retrieved and analysed in the main publication.C: Author Keyword Repository: this document contains the list of 22,820 author keywords belonging to the articles in Supplementary Research Data B and their connection to each of the 35 city labels.It contains 2 parts of appendices:A: Enlarged Figure 4 A - F: this document contains the enlarged version of Figure 4 A - F in the main publication.B: Enlarged Figure 5 A - C: this document contains the enlarged version of Figure 5 A - C in the main publication. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact N/A 
URL https://data.4tu.nl/articles/_/13580273/1
 
Title Experian Goad Plan Retail Address Data 
Description Experian's GOAD RETAIL ADDRESS DATABASE, comprising postal address, trading and holding company details if known, use class, and category for all retail and commercial outlets included in UK Goad plans for 2019. This complements and extends access to data previously purchased covering selected years during the period 1998 to 2017. The agreement permits UBDC / University of Glasgow to make these data available to users of UBDC's national data service for the purpose of bona-fide academic research. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To follow 
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-catalogue/commercial-and-retail-data/goad-plan-experian-da...
 
Title Glasgow public transport accessibility indicators 
Description A set of public transport accessibility were produced for use by Glasgow City Council. These were derived from OpenStreetMap data, and public transport timetables from Traveline and the Rail Delivery Group. The indicators show travel time by public transport to different locations in the city of Glasgow. There are also indicators showing the number of jobs accessible within a thirty-minute journey by public transport. These indicators were merged with data form the Scottish index of Multiple Deprivation. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The indicators and analysis have been used by Glasgow City Council to identify (and provide evidence for) transport problems in Glasgow. These have been published in the Draft Case fore Change. This document serves as the basis for public consultation exercise which is intended to inform the development of the city's new transport strategy. The indicators proved to be so useful that we are currently intending to develop and expand this approach to generate similar indicators for the whole of the UK. This new database will be made as widely available as possible. 
URL https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/transportstrategy
 
Title Huq.io Mobility Dataset 
Description Huq's event-level geo-data offers a rich and descriptive record of how consumers move and interact with the places around them. Huq's footfall data can be combined with other data sources to build predictions relating to how public entities are likely to report, specifically, where it concerns footfall correlated with revenue. The data can be used to observe how consumers interact with traded or private physical assets in order to observe changes in consumer trends and consider how those may affect their investment positions. UBDC has licensed data covering (spatially) Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire and (temporally) the 3 year period from 2019 to 2021. Academic researchers or postgraduate students based in UK higher education institutions and employees of public sector/government organisations may access and use the data for purposes of non-commercial research including academic research and to support policy and operational work EDIT - in 2021 UBDC reached agreement with Huq Industries to licence a further year of data to end of 2022, and in addition to broaden its collection of data (historical and ongoing) to include full UK coverage. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To follow 
 
Title Machine learning approach to automatically identify and count objects from CCTV image data 
Description This approach uses CNN techniques, building on the open COCO Tensor Flow automated object detection libraries to automate the identification of several types of objects from CCTV imagery acquired in collaboration with Glasgow City Council. Privacy assurances are maintained by ensuring that processing takes place only within the secure infrastructure operated and managed by the local authority, with only benign object count data leaving the secure physical and logical environment. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The approach is yielding data which as well as set to inform UBDC research agenda is also expected to be released as an open dataset, informing research from broader academic and other communities. Furthermore, we are hopeful that having demonstrated the potential of this approach (which uses downtime or redundancy within the existing CCTV system) we will be well positioned to deploy similar software within networks in other city settings. Key non-functional requirements are to minimise operational disruption, ensure privacy is maintained and to offer scalability and easy deployment. Each of these aspects been broadly successful to date, with further optimisation planned. 
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2019/september/piloting-cctv-analysis-that-protects-individuals-pr...
 
Title North Lanarkshire Council Customer Relationship Management system 
Description Database of requests for North Lanarkshire Council's Environmental Services and the council's response to these requests. 10 years of data. includes some sensitive data (names, addresses and telephone numbers of residents in North Lanarkshire). Shared by NLC under the terms of a data sharing agreement signed by both parties in October 2019. Securely stored on UBDC's secure server and only accessible by the named project team. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact intial output presented to NLC Audit and Scrutiny Panel 
 
Title Open Source Facility Location Modeling Python Package (Spopt) 
Description We have developed 4 open-source facility location modeling models including location set covering problem (LSCP), maximum location covering problem (MCLP), P-Median, and P-Centre models through GSOC 2021. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This is the first single 'one-stop' open-source ecosystem to comprehensively address facility location modeling problems for the potential users. 
URL https://github.com/pysal/spopt
 
Title Registers of Scotland Open Data Product 
Description UBDC's licensing agreement with Registers of Scotland permits us to produce produce statistical reports and publications using the data including, but not limited to, summaries of market activity (e.g. number of sales, average price) for a given period at Datazone level (subject to a minimum of five transactions per datazone level). This dataset is an excerpt that conforms to this specification, and can be made widely available without charge. It covers the period 2003 to January 2019. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We have shared this with dataservice users and hope to continue to do so, complementing a fuller RoS data set that we also make available. We will continue to monitor usage of the data and associated impact. 
URL http://ubdc.gla.ac.uk/dataset/registers-of-scotland-data
 
Title Scottish Local Government during COVID-19: Data Needs, Capabilities, and Uses 
Description No information avaiable 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The dataset is part of an ESRC funded project led by Dr Justine Gangneux and Prof Simon Joss at the Urban Big Data Centre (Grant no. ES/S007105/1). The project examined the Scottish local government's data engagement during COVID-19 (Full report available ISBN: 978-0-85261-975-9). 
URL https://researchdata.gla.ac.uk/1201/
 
Title Scottish Local Government: Data Practices during COVID-19 
Description The dataset is part of an ESRC funded project led by Dr Justine Gangneux and Prof Simon Joss at the Urban Big Data Centre (Grant no. ES/S007105/1). The project examined Scottish local government's data engagement during COVID-19 (Full report available ISBN: 978-0-85261-975-9). As part of the project, the researchers conducted an online survey of the 32 Scottish local authorities to collect quantitative systematic information about their data practices in response to the pandemic, identify arising data needs and gaps in data capabilities, as well as explore practices of data sharing and collaborations. The survey was conducted via the JISC Online Survey between 21 October and 14 December 2020. It achieved a completion rate of 70.3%, with 31 out of 32 local authorities (96.8%) participating. The full results of the survey are made available here. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Not yet 
URL http://researchdata.gla.ac.uk/1147/
 
Title Springboard Footfall Data 
Description Springboard's footfall data provided in terms average weekly footfall volume in each month over a five year period for 16 UK cities/towns. Average weekly footfall volume data to be provided for each counting location in each town. Complementary access to Springboard's insights reports library is provided, comprising reports that are published weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually and for key trading periods such as Easter, Black Friday and Christmas. UBDC has the opportunity to use and make accessible Springboard data from the period 2013 to 2022 inclusive until 2023. Complementary data offers weekday/weekend breakdown as well as part day average footfalls. . 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To follow 
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-catalogue/commercial-and-retail-data/springboards-footfall...
 
Title Tamoco Mobility Data 
Description Tamoco provides organisations with access to real-time mobile phone location data. Tamoco's geospatial data is derived directly from mobile devices using a combination of GPS and WiFi, in order to generate industry-leading location signals. The dataset consists of Tamoco's Standalone Location Data which provides: raw location events stemming directly from the device Operating System; 7-digit Latitude and Longitude data with accuracy scores, providing a complete picture of how a device moves over time. It is keyed on the Mobile Advertising ID and Device IP. UBDC has licensed data covering (spatially) Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire and (temporally) the 3 year period from 2019 to 2021. Academic researchers or postgraduate students based in UK higher education institutions and employees of public sector/government organisations may access and use the data for purposes of non-commercial research including academic research and to support policy and operational work EDIT - in 2021 UBDC reached agreement with Tamoco to licence a further year of data to end of 2022, and in addition to broaden its collection of data (historical and ongoing) to include full UK coverage. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To follow 
 
Title UBDC Data Catalogue 
Description This is an in-development database intended to facilitate the management and curation of UBDC's licensed and primary datasets, ensuring a maintained relationship between data collection or acquisition projects and any derived data, analyses or indicators. Ultimately this will replace the existing UBDC data catalogue and provide a means to discover and sub-license available dataset, complementing existing UBDC data service systems as well as enhancing the curatorial efforts within the Centre. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact In progress 
 
Title UBDC Ecoquartier Curated Data 
Description This is a French dataset comprising 28 socio-economic variables drawn from census and 28 geographical variables drawn from a diverse range of sources and mainly providing information on infrastructures such as schools, shops among others. The data is from 2012 and is spatially related to the 50153 Iris polygons which are the statistical units of the French territory. The data relating the 28 geographical variables were improved by calculating an index of accessibility to infrastructures to the whole of the Iris units. Furthermore the Iris data was calculated and transferred to Ecoquartier and Quartier Prioritarire de la Ville which are other territorial units of the French territory. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact To follow 
 
Title UBDC Glasgow Features Dataset 
Description This dataset was produced to inform selection of CCTV cameras to provide an optimal picture of relevant urban activities within Glasgow. To facilitate this discussion, it would be valuable for the team, working in different organizations and each one confined at home, to rapidly have access to a shared map of Glasgow with those features of interest. To achieve this goal we made use of open data available in Open Street Map (OSM) and several open-source tools. The following tasks were performed: 1. Extracted the features of interest from open street map (OSM)(https://www.openstreetmap.org) with OSM and GDAL tools (https://gdal.org/); 2. In the free and open source Geographic Information System, QGIS (https://www.qgis.org), we manipulated the extracted features for the area of interest of Glasgow City Council. 3. In the open-source Plotly/Dash (https://plotly.com/dash/) we created a map with these features 4. Finally we deployed the map we have just created into Heroku webserver (https://avenues-map.herokuapp.com/). Although Heroku is not open-source nor free, it allows one to easily deploy a simple app on the web for free with restrictions. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Informed selection of CCTV cameras to produce open count data with numerous downstream impact benefits (see relevant entries within this return). 
URL https://avenues-map.herokuapp.com/
 
Title UBDC Origin-Destination Matrix 
Description UBDC Origin-Destination Matrix is a derived dataset from Tamoco 2019 data for Glasgow City Region 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Dataset was shared with Glasgow City Council (GCC) to assist with the analysis of location services data to inform transport strategy/plan/policy/project development at Glasgow City Council (GCC). The origin and destination matrices output is primarily to inform the Glasgow Transport Strategy, as well as the related GCC Active Travel Plan, Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan, City Centre Transformation Plan and related GCC projects such as Glasgow Metro, Low Emission Zone etc. 
 
Title UBDC Pavement Width Dataset 
Description To measure pavement width at scale, we turned our attention to our local city, Glasgow. UBDC is working with Glasgow City Council on issues relating to mobility and neighbourhoods so it seemed an obvious setting to develop an initial proof of concept. Our first step was to identify the paved ways, sidewalks and paths themselves. We used the Ordnance Survey MasterMap Topography Layer, accessed via Edina's Digimap service as our starting point. We filtered four 10km tiles covering most of Glasgow to produce a dataset comprising man-made roadside features, although different filters could be used to exclude or include other features. Having isolated these polygons we needed to be able to identify the central line of each polygon, establish a means to calculate the distance between two points and establish a value for pavement width - essentially the sum of the lengths of the shortest lines between the centre line and the left/right boundaries of the parent polygon. We use a built-in transformer within FME called CenterLineReplacer to calculate the centre line. FME is a commercial tool that supports manipulation of (especially spatial) data. The software is quite accessible, available for non-commercial work under a free personal license. Graphic showing centre lines and width vectors as explained in text below Figure 2 - Centre lines and width vectors The transformer does a pretty good job of identifying approximate centre lines, our basis for calculating width. Subsequently, each centre line is densified to individual points along that line, attaining sub-metre resolution. For each one, we measure the shortest distance between that point and the approximate diametrically opposed points on the polygon - i.e, from the centre to the edges of the pavement. To ensure the width is represented correctly, we enforce a rule that the angle formed between the lines connecting the centre point with each edge can be no less than 140 degrees. Finally, for each join between adjacent centre points we reconstruct a line segment and apply to it a width value - the average distance between the two connected points. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Glasgow City Council has already acquired and used the dataset to inform its policy and operational decision making around safe social distancing infrastructure improvement. 
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/personal-space-exploration-pavement-widths-and-walking-s...
 
Description Adzuna Data License 
Organisation Adzuna
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC has agreed terms with Adzuna for the supply of online jobs listings data covering the period 2017-2022, enabling its usage for academic research and government non-commercial usage.
Collaborator Contribution Adzuna aggregates online jobs listings from a variety of sources, providing a unique and powerful dataset capable of summarising the job market as a whole, making explicit current skills demands and providing location information that reveals a geographical spread of the volumes of jobs and job types. Data coverage is whole of UK.
Impact Data availability to commence in March 2021. We anticipate widespread interest in the data, although this will be capped in the first licensing period to up to 12 academic research projects of 2 years' duration. These are managed in form of research project credits, which may be combined to facilitate longer projects. Furthermore, the data will inform UBDC's own research agenda around transport and mobility as well as economic activity. UBDC staff, students and associates based at the University of Glasgow enjoy access to the data without requiring credits to be exhausted.
Start Year 2020
 
Description British Council Impact Study 
Organisation British Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This collaboration used UBDC schools achievement data, as well as open data and qualitative primary data, to explore the impact of British Council programmes in Scottish schools, particularly their contribution to closing the attainment gap for students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. British Council Scotland works with approximately a third of all schools in Scotland through programmes, including Erasmus+, Connecting Classrooms, e-Twinning, and Modern Language Assistants, that enrich curriculum, pedagogy and professional development. Details can be found in the published project report, and our work with BC in educational disadvantage and place continues.
Collaborator Contribution UBDC, and education researchers on the Educational Disadvantage and Place team, contributed in terms of data access, analysis, and interpretation, particularly to the quantitative arguments around British Council programme impact, available here: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/180725/
Impact Livingston, K., Doherty, C., Lido, C., Cassar, R., Dunkley, R., Gale, T., & Parker, S. (2018). British Council school programmes in Scotland: An impact study. Final Report. Edinburgh: British Council.
Start Year 2018
 
Description CREATe Collaboration Agreement 
Organisation CREATe (RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution UBDC has agreed to commission from CREATe a publication aimed at Social Scientists to offer reassurances regarding the legal legitimacy of their online data collection activities. This follows several interactions between UBDC and CREATe staff regarding the Copyright Exception for Text and Data Mining which essentially permits academic researchers to harvest and collect publicly accessible online data for academic research purposes irrespective of contractual terms which appear to purport to prohibit such behaviour.
Collaborator Contribution CREATe colleagues have appointed a post-doctoral researcher to undertake the work and produce an accessible output articulating the legal situation with regards to web scraping, harvesting of online data and the acceptable parameters within which this can be undertaken for academic research purposes.
Impact This has the potential to be a highly impactful piece of work as it could be a means to overcome paralysis often associated with little formal understanding of legal risk associated with data.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with Environmental Assets, North Lanarkshire Council 
Organisation North Lanarkshire Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provision of working papers for policy/practice development
Collaborator Contribution Provision of access to data via a data sharing agreement Advice on research questions relating to data and policy/practice Feedback on findings and analysis Bridge into relevant council committees to discuss findings Participation of staff in UBDC event Providing a presentation for UBDC event
Impact Two working papers, one of which was provided to Counciil's Audit and Scrutiny Committe Two presentations to Data fest event March 11th 2020 One blog on UBDC website
Start Year 2019
 
Description Cycling Scotland Data Agreement 
Organisation Cycling Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UBDC has an agreement with Cycling Scotland to provide open access to their National Monitoring Framework dataset (2017 - 18)
Collaborator Contribution "Cycling Scotland is the nation's cycling organisation. Cycling Scotland helps create and deliver opportunities and an environment so anyone anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely. This dataset comprises data about cycling counts in various streets within Scotland and includes manual traffic surveys with counts of various modes of transport."
Impact The data has been requested by a range of academic and policy audiences. To date 14 requests for these data have been received
Start Year 2019
 
Description Data Processing Agreement - CCTV Video Data 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Council is working in collaboration with the Processor to develop and test a framework for installing video analytical software to monitor activity on streets using spare CCTV capacity. The project builds on existing collaborations between the Council and the Processor which processes static images captured within the CCTV suite to generate counts of pedestrians and vehicles on streets. The project will explore the delivery of analytics in three distinct areas: • Enhanced detection of pedestrians, counting moving and non-moving objects, identifying direction • Enhanced detection of vehicles, counting moving and non-moving objects, identifying direction • Development of street activity metrics, including tracing objects (pedestrians and vehicles) through space. Initial processing will concentrate on the detection and counting of the number of people present at regular intervals during the day using streets which are part of, or near to, streets which are included in the Council's Avenues Project. However, there is an option for the work to progress to detect other objects or image features, including for example potholes or broken traffic lights, cyclists or wheelchair users. The Processor aims to implement its object detection software in order to capture data through the CCTV system. In doing this, its goal is to use the data produced to conduct and publish research on the use of public space in Glasgow and how this is affected by investments such as the Avenues Project. It also aims to refine or develop its object detection software so that it might be more effective in capturing a wider range of objects, and also so it might be more widely deployed. The project will develop methods and software for implementation within the CCTV suite, to operate on stand-alone machine(s). Aggregate counts and analytical outputs will be completely anonymised, removing any raw video or image data once processing has been completed. The exception to this will be a validation of the implemented system, which will use manual counts and verification of analysis to quantify variation in accuracy across camera, time of day, day of the week and lighting conditions. The project will also assess the impact of the system on the Community Safety operation to identify and resolve any issues that are detected.
Collaborator Contribution The Council will provide secure access to up to 24 hours of video footage captured via its CCTV network infrastructure from two bespoke cameras. The Council aims to use the investment in the CCTV system to produce aggregated non-identifiable data data which can be of value to the operations and policies of the Council. It also aims to provide aggregated non-identifiable data to the Processor, in order that the Processor can conduct research, which will inform the Council's Avenues Project.
Impact To follow
Start Year 2021
 
Description Future mobility 
Organisation Institute of Transport Economics (Norway)
Country Norway 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I have given a talk at an event arranged by the institute. I have also participated in a funding application.
Collaborator Contribution They have included UBDC in a funding application.
Impact I gave a talk at a workshop in Oslo organised by the institute.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Glasgow City Council - 3D City Modelling 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has been commissioned to process detailed (25ppm) LiDAR data to produce a detailed open source 3D model. The new model will be hosted by UBDC, replacing an existing model previously supplied to UBDC by Glasgow City Council.
Collaborator Contribution Provision 3D Light Detection and Range (LiDAR) Point Cloud Data obtained by Glasgow City Council as part of an agreement with the Scottish Government (SG). The Point Cloud Data was procured at two different dates: one in Autumn 2020 and one in Spring 2021. This data can be converted into a more detailed/accurate 3D model of the city which will support multiple different projects and initiatives as well as operational service delivery in areas such as planning.
Impact To follow
Start Year 2021
 
Description Glasgow City Council - Data Visualisation 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has been working with the council to capture, analyse and visualise mobility data about Glasgow. Our current work consists of visualising some of this data in a dashboard to demonstrate its value and potentials to inform decision-making at local level.
Collaborator Contribution Glasgow colleagues are providing input on needs, specifically in terms of the indicators we are looking at, as well as on how they fit within the relevant strategies and policy targets. This input helps us better understand the needs in this area within the council as well as identify where to put our efforts to have a working proof of concept.
Impact - prototype dashboards / interfaces - summary of data needs aligned with indicators and appropriate visualisations - road map and resourcing requirements for future deployment of information presentation services
Start Year 2020
 
Description Glasgow City Council - Mobility Data Agenda 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution On mobility we have partnered with Glasgow City Council to evaluate data and analytical needs associated primarily with transport policy development, city centre management and neighborhood regeneration. New mobility datasets being collected and produced by UBDC will be made accessible to local authority partners and related consultants and UBDC will produce analyses and accessible data interfaces to reflect demand.
Collaborator Contribution Glasgow City Council have invested financially in this work (see above) and are contributing time and resources to facilitate the specification of third party available datasets and support our efforts to collect primary mobility data via council platforms, sensors and extracted from existing data sources.
Impact - Dataset specifications - Understanding / articulation of needs and priorities - Acquired mobility datasets (Huq.io and Tamoco) - Proof-of-concept dashboard demonstrators
Start Year 2019
 
Description Glasgow City Council - Pavement Width 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In order to measure pavement width at scale we turned our attention to our local city, Glasgow. UBDC is working with Glasgow City Council on issues relating to mobility and neighbourhoods so it seemed an obvious setting to develop an initial proof of concept. Our first step was to identify the paved ways, sidewalks and paths themselves. We used the Ordnance Survey MasterMap Topography Layer, accessed via Edina's Digimap service as our starting point. We filtered four 10km tiles covering most of Glasgow to produce a dataset comprising man made roadside features, although different filters could be used to exclude or include other features.
Collaborator Contribution Glasgow City Council's Neighborhoods and Sustainability and GIS teams have obtained access to UBDC's Pavement Width dataset and configured it for use in several applications.
Impact Details forthcoming
Start Year 2020
 
Description Glasgow City Council/ Glasgow Centre for Population Health Joint data sharing project 
Organisation Glasgow Centre for Population Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are working closely with Glasgow City council (GCC) on the development of a web portal for sharing data with ourselves and Glasgow Centre for Population Health We are providing expertise about data sets and the safe sharing of data.
Collaborator Contribution GCC are putting considerable resources into developing a safe open data portal. We are working with them to help with this development. As trusted partners with GCPH we will test the robustness and security of the site. In return we get access to many data sets which are key to the research we are involved in. This may also include co-created data that come from other collaborative projects we are involved in.
Impact There are no formal outcomes from this project yet. Though an early Beta version of the web portal has been created.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Glasgow City Council/ Glasgow Centre for Population Health Joint data sharing project 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are working closely with Glasgow City council (GCC) on the development of a web portal for sharing data with ourselves and Glasgow Centre for Population Health We are providing expertise about data sets and the safe sharing of data.
Collaborator Contribution GCC are putting considerable resources into developing a safe open data portal. We are working with them to help with this development. As trusted partners with GCPH we will test the robustness and security of the site. In return we get access to many data sets which are key to the research we are involved in. This may also include co-created data that come from other collaborative projects we are involved in.
Impact There are no formal outcomes from this project yet. Though an early Beta version of the web portal has been created.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Huq.io Data License 
Organisation Huq Industries Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC has agreed a contract with Huq.io for the supply of mobility data covering the period 2019 - 2021, enabling its usage for academic research and government non-commercial usage. EDIT - UBDC has renewed and extended its agreement with Huq Industries, offering full UK data coverage for period 2019 - 2022. This includes access for academic research use with government non-commercial usage limited to original spatial region (Glasgow City Region authorities)
Collaborator Contribution Through its relationships with a wide selection of mobile app publishers Huq captures location information of app users and relates these to a network of points of interest. Our data coverage includes Glasgow and the seven neighbouring local authorities.
Impact Data availability to commence in February 2021. We anticipate widespread interest in the data, including from local government within the Glasgow City Region and wider Scottish policy communities, as well as elsewhere within the UK. In addition, we have been collaborating in conversations with the Open Data Institute and Cabinet Office / Geospatial Commission re: agenda for acquiring new mobility information. Furthermore, the data will inform UBDC's own research agenda around transport and mobility as well as economic activity.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Measuring activity on city streets, Joint project with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Centre for Public Health 
Organisation Glasgow Centre for Population Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are working with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow City Council to develop a methodology for measuring pedestrian and Vehicular activity using images from CCTV cameras. We are providing software and software support to process the images. We are also carrying out a pilot of the process to test the accuracy of the software but also to assess the effectiveness of the process.
Collaborator Contribution GCC are providing access to the CCTV images and programming to cameras and image collection initially on 4 cameras in the city centre. Glasgow Centre for population are providing expertise with Active travel and methodology.
Impact We have a working system which is providing automatic counts of pedestrians and vehicles from four cameras
Start Year 2019
 
Description Measuring activity on city streets, Joint project with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Centre for Public Health 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are working with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow City Council to develop a methodology for measuring pedestrian and Vehicular activity using images from CCTV cameras. We are providing software and software support to process the images. We are also carrying out a pilot of the process to test the accuracy of the software but also to assess the effectiveness of the process.
Collaborator Contribution GCC are providing access to the CCTV images and programming to cameras and image collection initially on 4 cameras in the city centre. Glasgow Centre for population are providing expertise with Active travel and methodology.
Impact We have a working system which is providing automatic counts of pedestrians and vehicles from four cameras
Start Year 2019
 
Description Mobility Data Working Group 
Organisation Cabinet Office
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Contribution to ongoing conversation and scoping work re: availability, utility and accessibility of new forms of mobility data.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have recounted their experiences, data needs and shared details of available data, data assessments/appraisals and methodologies.
Impact The group has contributed to the evidence base that supports UBDC's acquisition of two mobility data sets (from Huq and Tamoco) as well as providing compelling expertise and experience around data valuation and market factors for data acquisition.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Mobility Data Working Group 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Contribution to ongoing conversation and scoping work re: availability, utility and accessibility of new forms of mobility data.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have recounted their experiences, data needs and shared details of available data, data assessments/appraisals and methodologies.
Impact The group has contributed to the evidence base that supports UBDC's acquisition of two mobility data sets (from Huq and Tamoco) as well as providing compelling expertise and experience around data valuation and market factors for data acquisition.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Mobility Data Working Group 
Organisation Government of Scotland
Department Scottish Government Welfare Discussion Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Contribution to ongoing conversation and scoping work re: availability, utility and accessibility of new forms of mobility data.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have recounted their experiences, data needs and shared details of available data, data assessments/appraisals and methodologies.
Impact The group has contributed to the evidence base that supports UBDC's acquisition of two mobility data sets (from Huq and Tamoco) as well as providing compelling expertise and experience around data valuation and market factors for data acquisition.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Mobility Data Working Group 
Organisation Transport Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Contribution to ongoing conversation and scoping work re: availability, utility and accessibility of new forms of mobility data.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have recounted their experiences, data needs and shared details of available data, data assessments/appraisals and methodologies.
Impact The group has contributed to the evidence base that supports UBDC's acquisition of two mobility data sets (from Huq and Tamoco) as well as providing compelling expertise and experience around data valuation and market factors for data acquisition.
Start Year 2020
 
Description NextBike Data Agreement (Glasgow City Council) 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has an agreement with Glasgow City Council to use their NextBike bikeshare scheme data for non-commercial purposes
Collaborator Contribution The data, and access to the live API, provide details of the bikesharing infrastructure and status of each of its stations in real time
Impact The data can not currently be shared more widely but is being used in the course of ongoing transportation research within UBDC
Start Year 2019
 
Description North Lanarkshire Council Data Sharing Agreement 
Organisation North Lanarkshire Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has facilitated the creation of a data sharing agreement between North Lanarkshire Council and the University of Glasgow to provide access to data collected from the Local Authority's online issue reporting platform. This will inform work within the Centre's research agenda relating to changing access to local services in a digital environment
Collaborator Contribution North Lanarkshire has provided data including details of issue reports, submitters and local authority responses under a data sharing agreement
Impact This is a critical data sharing relationship for this work stream and provides a basis to critically assess the benefits and impacts of digital channels to facilitate communication between citizens and government
Start Year 2019
 
Description Norwegian Administrative Data Research Project 
Organisation Norwegian School of Economics
Country Norway 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have committed time to data analysis, writing papers, and writing funding applications.
Collaborator Contribution They have committed time to data analysis, writing papers and writing funding applications. They have also provided access to the register data used in the research.
Impact We have had an unsuccessful funding application. We currently have one paper submitted to a journal and one draft of a paper.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Norwegian Administrative Data Research Project 
Organisation Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Country Norway 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have committed time to data analysis, writing papers, and writing funding applications.
Collaborator Contribution They have committed time to data analysis, writing papers and writing funding applications. They have also provided access to the register data used in the research.
Impact We have had an unsuccessful funding application. We currently have one paper submitted to a journal and one draft of a paper.
Start Year 2014
 
Description ONS CCTV Information Sharing 
Organisation Office for National Statistics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC researchers and data scientists provided information re: video analytics and object detection / automated counting methods and technologies to inform a study being undertaken at ONS. In addition, we provided data via our API to a UK wide effort to collect such data for purposes of studying some of the effects and behavioural impacts of Covid 19.
Collaborator Contribution ONS contributed their own information and expertise.
Impact Shared knowledge base in technology growth area.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Registers of Scotland (Land Registry) Open Data Agenda Development 
Organisation Registers of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Participation in several meetings intended to highlight the potential benefits and opportunities of opening up access to Registers of Scotland's sales for consideration (Land Registry) dataset. Currently this data is available only under a commercial licensing agreement, irrespective of purpose/use. UBDC has licensed the RoS dataset before on behalf of its user communities, but the model was costly, prohibitively restrictve and not scalable. An offer was made to undertake a comparative research piece highlighting the differing opportunities and value offered in England and Wales, where the equivalent data is available under and open license. This was warmly received but like the work in general was immediately de-prioritised with the pandemic response dominating agenda.
Collaborator Contribution Outlining the considerations faced by RoS. During conversations an offer was articulated to produce a more open data excerpt that could be accessible by academic audiences. Although a tentative initial step this would have provided some basis for demonstrating demand and value. Unfortunately wtih the pandemic this has not yet been progressed.
Impact - series of conversations - meetings re: open licensing agenda - tentative proposals to undertake comparative analysis and to release summary dataset under less restrictive licensing terms
Start Year 2019
 
Description Research collaboration with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea) 
Organisation Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Country Korea, Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I was invited to give a guest lecture and introduced UBDC. UBDC became a partner of KAIST for the funded project.
Collaborator Contribution KAIST is planning to have conferences and meetings related to the funded project and inviting our staff. In June 2020, one of our staff will present his project in the conference.
Impact Not yet. However future collaboration plans (e.g., invited talks in the seminars and conferences) are under discussion. In addition, KAIST and UoG are working on MOU.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Research collaboration with University of Seoul (South Korea) 
Organisation University of Seoul
Country Korea, Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I visited there and gave a guest lecture about UBDC and recent cycling research. I am currently working on a proposal with them.
Collaborator Contribution They gave me an opportunity to introduce our work in UBDC. They seek for a funding opportunity with us in South Korea.
Impact We have had several conference calls and are preparing research proposal.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Scottish Local Government: Data Practices during COVID-19 
Organisation Digital Office for Scottish Local Government
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Development of research strategy and methodology; execution of empirical research; preparation and publication of output, including policy and practice recommendations; hosting of stakeholder dissemination event
Collaborator Contribution Facilitating introductions to Local Authorities, support with recruitment of research participants; and review of draft output; contribution to dissemination event
Impact http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/research/research-projects/urban-governance/scottish-local-government-during-covid-19/
Start Year 2020
 
Description Scottish Open Data Unconference Partnership 
Organisation Code the City
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UBDC is supporting the Scottish Open Data Unconference (Aberdeen 14th and 15th March 2020), administered by Code The City, with participation and modest funding
Collaborator Contribution The event will bring together data scientists and those with relevant core skills and provide a means to showcase UBDC's own work
Impact Participation with a modest sponsorship will provide us with the means to connect with relevant technologist and domain practitioners in the North East region of Scotland
Start Year 2020
 
Description Scottish Parliament Information Centre housing Collaborative PhD 
Organisation Scottish Parliament
Department Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We were successful in applying for a Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Collaborative Studentships Competition in 2019. This is a 1+3 and will run from October 2019 through to 2023. I will jointly supervise the PhD a long with Ken Gibb from CaCHE and Kate Berry from SPICe
Collaborator Contribution SPICe will co-fund this PhD and Kate Berry will co-supervise the student.
Impact Funding for a PhD from the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science
Start Year 2019
 
Description Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) Collaboration 
Organisation Scottish Power Ltd
Department Scottish Power Energy Networks
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Co-developing research and impact/engagement activities with SPEN around zero-carbon agenda and SPEN's transition to Distribution System Operator. Includes research and impacts intended to align with forthcoming COP26 meeting in Glasgow, 2021. Participation in a series of meetings intended to highlight opportunities for SPEN re: - the use of new and emerging forms of data in maintaining adequate infrastructure for new demands on the energy network as a result of zero carbon agenda - appropriate data management policies and approaches - sourcing of new data sources to inform policy development
Collaborator Contribution SPEN are providing use cases and impact pathways for UBDC research and methods and ultimately are expected to contribute resources to facilitate the completion of related research and impact activities.
Impact - planned research / impact collaborations - outcomes of intensive SPEN / UBDC workshop - SPEN data management policy
Start Year 2019
 
Description Smart city standards partnership with BSI 
Organisation British Standards Institute (BSI Group)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Collaborative project (UBDC lead: Simon Joss) on the local implementation of BSI smart city standards in the UK. Includes one SGSS-ESRC funded Collaborative PhD Studentship (2019-2023)
Collaborator Contribution Co-supervision of doctoral researcher. Joint engagement in research (dissemination) through BSI Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities Committee SDS/2.
Impact Pending
Start Year 2019
 
Description Strathclyde Partnership for Transport 
Organisation Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We had meetings and collected subway data for research. Our team is currently working on public transport research with the data.
Collaborator Contribution They provided us their data so we can do research about public transport system in Glasgow.
Impact We are working on a paper about public transport systems in Glasgow. We will use it to make further collaboration with them.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Strava Impact Accelerator Account Partnership 
Organisation Strava, Inc
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Driven by GDPR and the broader evolving data privacy context, Strava announced in 2018 several changes to the data specification for its Metro product. Among the changes were additional aggregation and rounding of data counts as well as limitations on origin/destination information available from within the dataset. Given the sensitive context, Strava is understandably resistant to implementing a more relaxed data specification. We have had productive conversations with Strava regarding best practice for balancing analytical value with privacy protection, and shared several resources that outline methods for disclosure control that optimise the value of data. There are several methodologies available for achieving similar outcomes, enabling the production of privacy-protected data specifications that offer higher levels of utility than those currently available. Strava colleagues indicated that our feedback regarding the new Metro specification is consistent with that received from elsewhere. We aimedto be able to support Strava's response by initially offering recommendations to support greater flexibility, providing end users with expressive datasets while retaining appropriate safeguards and assurances of methodological robustness. We have therefore undertaken a full substantive review of the new Strava Metro format and sought to evaluate its continued utility and value, including its expressiveness to be used to reproduce existing work undertaken with older specification data.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time Strava has agreed to provide a range of resources in support of this research activity, primarily in terms of staff availability, including engineering, spatial specialists and strategic / management, but also including limited data availability: 3 x staff members - 1 product manager, 1 engineer, 1 geospatial analyst 8-10 hours each Non-staff costs Sample data for additional areas of study, custom data builds to support research
Impact The study has revealed several opportunities to optimise Strava's new approach, whether in terms of adjustments to the specification itself, or refinement of governance and sharing arrangements to mitigate risks associated with less aggregated data in a less destructive way. We are currently in the final stages of publishing the report and engaging with Strava senior management. We remain hopeful that our role of critical friend will continue to be valued by Strava; the experience has also provided useful opportunities to reflect on some of the challenges and implicit tensions in academic collaborations with commercial organisations, as well as to develop appropriate mitigation measures to effectively offset these.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Tamoco Data License 
Organisation Tamoco Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC has agreed a contract with Tamoco for the supply of mobility data covering the period 2019 - 2021, enabling its usage for academic research and government non-commercial usage. EDIT - UBDC has renewed and extended its agreement with Tamoco, offering full UK data coverage for period 2019 - 2022. This includes access for academic research use with government non-commercial usage limited to original spatial region (Glasgow City Region authorities)
Collaborator Contribution Through its relationships with a wide selection of mobile app publishers Tamoco captures location information of app users and relates these to a network of points of interest. Our data coverage includes Glasgow and the seven neighbouring local authorities.
Impact Data availability to commence in February 2021. We anticipate widespread interest in the data, including from local government within the Glasgow City Region and wider Scottish policy communities, as well as elsewhere within the UK. In addition, we have been collaborating in conversations with the Open Data Institute and Cabinet Office / Geospatial Commission re: agenda for acquiring new mobility information. Furthermore, the data will inform UBDC's own research agenda around transport and mobility as well as economic activity.
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Data Lab Data Fest Fringe 
Organisation The Data Lab - Innovation Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UBDC has agreed to run a workshop on effective models for engagement between academia and government as part of Datalab's annual Datafest Fringe
Collaborator Contribution Datalab will support our event with promotion and market the event and its outcomes to a wide audience of highly relevant stakeholders
Impact Datafest is a premier data-related fixture within the Scottish event calendar and our association with it as part of the fringe will serve to promote our work and extend our reach and influence with key public sector, industry, third sector and academic stakeholders
Start Year 2019
 
Description The Improvement Service - Data Agreement 
Organisation Improvement Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution UBDC has been in negotiation for some time with the Improvement Service to help facilitate broader access to data, specifically for academic use. This is expected to be ultimately a responsibility that EDINA will administer through its Digimap platform but for the time being we have been given confirmation that we may act as data distributors provided that terms of use are adhered to
Collaborator Contribution Improvement Service has published c. 36 datasets for academic use that UBDC is positioned to promote and assist in making available
Impact Data such as nationwide school catchment areas have been long sought after by UBDC and associated researchers so this development has the opportunity to inform well established and refined work
Start Year 2019
 
Description Transport for Healthy Air Quality (TransportHAQ) Project 
Organisation Glasgow Centre for Population Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution David McArthur and myself worked with others in the partnership to write and submit a proposal to the National Institute for Health Research to evaluate Glasgow City Council's new emission zone and Avenues project. The bid resulted in an application which passed the first stage of the proposal and was submitted to the second stage. David and I contributed expertise in measuring and modelling transport data in general and active travel in particular. We contributed to the specific methods and general methodologies in the proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Miranda Loh led the project and had specific expertise in air quality and emissions. Peter Craig contributed to sections on Active travel and led on the Systems approach which was to be used to pull the project together. Bruce Whyte contributed expertise in Active travel and administrative and health data.
Impact Successful outline proposal to NIHR Public Health Research programme call: 18/147 Air Pollution: Outdoor air quality and health Full proposal to NIHR Public Health Research programme call: 18/147 Air Pollution: Outdoor air quality and health
Start Year 2019
 
Description Transport for Healthy Air Quality (TransportHAQ) Project 
Organisation Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution David McArthur and myself worked with others in the partnership to write and submit a proposal to the National Institute for Health Research to evaluate Glasgow City Council's new emission zone and Avenues project. The bid resulted in an application which passed the first stage of the proposal and was submitted to the second stage. David and I contributed expertise in measuring and modelling transport data in general and active travel in particular. We contributed to the specific methods and general methodologies in the proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Miranda Loh led the project and had specific expertise in air quality and emissions. Peter Craig contributed to sections on Active travel and led on the Systems approach which was to be used to pull the project together. Bruce Whyte contributed expertise in Active travel and administrative and health data.
Impact Successful outline proposal to NIHR Public Health Research programme call: 18/147 Air Pollution: Outdoor air quality and health Full proposal to NIHR Public Health Research programme call: 18/147 Air Pollution: Outdoor air quality and health
Start Year 2019
 
Description Transport for Healthy Air Quality (TransportHAQ) Project 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution David McArthur and myself worked with others in the partnership to write and submit a proposal to the National Institute for Health Research to evaluate Glasgow City Council's new emission zone and Avenues project. The bid resulted in an application which passed the first stage of the proposal and was submitted to the second stage. David and I contributed expertise in measuring and modelling transport data in general and active travel in particular. We contributed to the specific methods and general methodologies in the proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Miranda Loh led the project and had specific expertise in air quality and emissions. Peter Craig contributed to sections on Active travel and led on the Systems approach which was to be used to pull the project together. Bruce Whyte contributed expertise in Active travel and administrative and health data.
Impact Successful outline proposal to NIHR Public Health Research programme call: 18/147 Air Pollution: Outdoor air quality and health Full proposal to NIHR Public Health Research programme call: 18/147 Air Pollution: Outdoor air quality and health
Start Year 2019
 
Description UBDC - Cycling Scotland Collaboration 
Organisation Cycling Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A collaborative MSc dissertation has been established with Cycling Scotland in the year 2020-21.
Collaborator Contribution Nick from the Sustrans provides data, guidance, support for our MSc students.
Impact A MSc dissertation has been finished and the results have been delivered to Cycling Scotland.
Start Year 2021
 
Description UBDC - Lumiere Property Collaboration 
Organisation Lumiere Property
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Four MSc Urban Analytics students work on the urban analytics group project to look at Using Urban Data Science to Predict Property Development Planning Successes: Recommendations to Lumiere Property in 2020. In 2021, 4 MSc Urban Analytics students work on the group project again to look at how to classifying protected trees by using deep learning models.
Collaborator Contribution Geoff Smith from the Lumiere Property provides data, guidance, and support for the student group project.
Impact A student group project report has been produced and delivered to the Lumiere Property.
Start Year 2019
 
Description UBDC - Sustrans Collaboration 
Organisation Sustrans
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A collaborative MSc dissertation has been established with the Sustrans through the Data Lab Scholarship Placement program. A collaborative MSc group project has been established in the year of 2021-22.
Collaborator Contribution Cecilia from the Sustrans provides data, guidance, support, and internship salaries for our MSc students.
Impact A MSc dissertation in progress.
Start Year 2021
 
Description UBDC - the Salvation Army Collaboration 
Organisation Salvation Army
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A collaborative dissertation proposal has been established with the Salvation Army and is submitted to SGSSS collaborative PhD fellowship and College of Social Science PhD fellowship.
Collaborator Contribution Adrian from the Salvation Army provides data, guidance, and support for the 4 years PhD projects.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description UBDC-Glasgow City Council 3D City Collaboration 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We collaborate with GCC on the 3D city modelling project. GCC and the Scottish Government share their updated LIDAR data with UBDC, and UBDC helps host/share the raw LIDAR data. UBDC also hires PDRA to process the raw LIDAR to other derived products such as 3D building and tree models.
Collaborator Contribution Glasgow City Council collaborators provide data, guidance, and support for the LIDAR data and PDRA hiring cost.
Impact MOU between UBDC and GCC has been established and UBDC will host LIDAR data and the derived data for better data sharing services and research purposes. GCC will also benefit from the building and tree models for their service, such as planning application.
Start Year 2021
 
Description UBDC-Locomizer Collaboration 
Organisation Locomizer
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution One MSc Urban Analytics student works on the collaboration dissertation to look at Quantitative approach to identifying factors of urban revitalisation driven by public space development. Locomizer also collaborated with Dr. Qunshan Zhao on an Innovate UK funding bid.
Collaborator Contribution Alexei from the Locomizer provides data, guidance, and support for the student dissertation.
Impact A student dissertation has been produced along with a report delivered to the Locomizer.
Start Year 2020
 
Description UBDC-The British Red Cross Collaboration 
Organisation British Red Cross
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution One MSc Urban Analytics student works on the collaboration dissertation to look at data analysis and visualisation of philanthropic activities for small foundations and statutory donors in the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Lindsay from the British Red Cross provides data, guidance, and support for the student dissertation.
Impact A student dissertation has been produced along with a report delivered to the British Red Cross.
Start Year 2020
 
Description UNESCO-UIL Learning Cities 
Organisation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Department UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The UBDC Educational Disadvantage and Place team, were successful in tendering two of 5 background papers for UNESCO-UIL Learning Cities Network, launched at their annual conference, the briefing paper by Dr. Lido and team was on digital inclusion in learning cities and offered UBDC as part of the UK case study on on ameliorating vulnerabilities related to digital knowledge, literacies and practice. UBDC is acknowledged as case study contributors (through Rhiannon Law as PR outreach) and their open data sharing policies highlighted as global best practice for UNESCO UIL Learning Cities Network.
Collaborator Contribution The UBDC Educational Disadvantage and Place team, were successful in tendering two of 5 background papers for UNESCO-UIL Learning Cities Network, launched at their annual conference, however, in addition UNESCO-UIL have a longer history of collaborating with UBDC researchers through our operationalisation of their learning city metrics, namely through the iMCD project, and through invitation of Dr. Lido to sit on their expert panel in Lifelong Learning measurement.
Impact The Briefing papers are not yet published by UNESCO, but the UBDC researchers comprised the overall background paper here: https://uil.unesco.org/system/files/iclc2019_backgroundpaper_final_en.pdf
Start Year 2019
 
Description Uber Movement Data Agreement 
Organisation Uber Technologies Inc.
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Uber has agreed with UBDC to provide early access to its Movement data set to identify research opportunities
Collaborator Contribution "Movement shares historical, aggregated, and anonymized data to help provide insights into the towns and cities where Uber operates. There are two types of data we share through Movement: Zone to Zone Travel Times to help cities build towards better traffic and safety outcomes by understanding how average travel times have changed over time across the entire road network. Street Segment Speeds Data to gives historical actuals of speeds at an hourly basis. Historically expensive and difficult to collect for cities,this data is a powerful way to measure the impact of infrastructure investments. Only the first is currently available to UBDC"
Impact The data is of limited use although we continue to assess the opportunities that it offers
Start Year 2019
 
Description eDRIS Safe Haven Agreement (extended to 2021) 
Organisation NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UBDC has an extended agreement with eDRIS to provide hosting and statistical disclosure control and other services in support of UBDC projects using privacy-sensitive or commercially sensitive datasets
Collaborator Contribution The agreement provides access to the safe haven for approved projects, including those supported as part of UBDC's now discontinued Controlled Data Service, or those accessing specific higher risk datasets such as iMCD GPS and Experian commercial data
Impact This arrangement ensures the safe access to UBDC and brokered datasets and provides us with a basis to achieve impactful work
Start Year 2019
 
Description iGH20 UK Research and Innovation Strength in Places Project 
Organisation Glasgow Caledonian University
Department School of Health and Life Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We contributed to this UKRI application to the Strength in Places call. Our contribution was to provide Big Data expertise to the proposal .
Collaborator Contribution The project was led by Colleagues at Glasgow Caledonian University but also included a number of other Universities, private companies and third sector organisations
Impact A proposal was submitted in October to the call and we await the outcome
Start Year 2019
 
Title Address Lookup for Glasgow Health Boards 
Description This app helps finding health protection teams in Scotland given a Scottish postcode. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Although this is a simple app, we have received positive feedback. E.g. from one Covid 19 contact tracer: "Thank you so much for this invaluable link for finding the Health protection teams by entering the index case post codes . This cuts down the time associated with these cases enormously and is a valuable asset for the contact tracing team". 
URL https://github.com/laoserra/postcodes/blob/master/installation.md
 
Title AirBnB Data Collection Platform 
Description Platform to facilitate the harvest, storage of data taken from AirBnB platform, from user-defined areas of interest. The harvested data are primarily focused around listings and relative information (e.g users who interacted with a listing, reviews, listing details, availability, prices and more) are stored in a structured way such as to retain their relationship and allow their systematic retrieval and quantification using geospatial and temporal filters (i.e. how many comments, between day A and day B, from a set listings defined by a boundary, where made and by whom, by an interval X). Finally, the platform will host an API for users/clients to connect and request data on demand to work independently 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The project functionality is complete but full rollout of the software is taking place during 2020. Primary impacts are downstream based on use of the resultant data, but the approach can be adapted to other data collection activities. 
 
Title Amazon AWS S3 Delivery Point 
Description AWS S3 platform to facilitate receipt / delivery of data sets, primarily from information owners / depositors. 
Type Of Technology e-Business Platform 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Provide means to achieve near real-time data delivery / receipt / publication 
 
Title CCTV Object Detection Software 
Description Tool that processes snapshots taken from four CCTV cameras in every 15 minutes. The processing is done in two parts: first the objects of interest are identified by running a pretrained deep learning model developed by Google and second the objects are counted and a resulting report is written into a csv file using python scripting. The pretrained model runs on top of TensorFlow and the output feeds a python script. The object detection and counting API runs on a dedicated Ubuntu server machine with bash and cron configuration files. The objects of interest that are being captured at the moment are persons and different types of vehicles. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact This software has a great potential for the Glasgow City Council to make data-driven decisions about the type of investments to make on the roads : roads mainly for cars usage or to build dedicated cycle paths or even roads and squares to pedestrianize. Furthermore this project can be scaled to all the 600 cctv cameras running by the Glasgow City Council. 
 
Title Glasgow traffic data (SCOOT) API Data Collection 
Description The SCOOT urban traffic control system has been designed to improve traffic control by calculating and implementing optimum signal timings to give minimum overall network delay. a key feature of SCOOT is its traffic model which predicts the main elements of traffic performance-such as flow, delay stops and congestion-from information received every second from detectors on each link in the network. In addition to its use for network control, this up-to-the-minute information is available for any other purpose and can be obtained via standard SCOOT messages at a variety of levels of detail. The data of traffic location, parking availability for city of Glasgow are being collected and stored in the data base. The python code to perform this collection is publicly available via GitHub platform. The application allows to collect and store the data which is important for the transport research , developing policies and strategies. https://github.com/urbanbigdatacentre/glasgowtrafficdata 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Potential for downstream impact based on planned transportation research which will use the SCOOT data. Furthermore, this code for data collection can be repurposed and deployed to facilitate other online data collection activities. 
URL https://github.com/urbanbigdatacentre/glasgowtrafficdata
 
Title Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) Anonymisation Software 
Description To protect user privacy participated in iMCD survey python based tool was developed to anonymise user identity using SHA-1 cryptographic hash function. This encryption allows data to be shared with wider public ensuring that privacy protecting measures are met. All code is available in a private repository on GitHub. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The code facilitates sharing of iMCD data while mitigating associated privacy risks. The potential for impact is primarily associated with future uses of the iMCD data. However, the approach can be replicated and applied to other individual level datasets or where masking of identifiers is required. 
 
Title Modified SuiteCRM Platform 
Description SuiteCRM is the open source Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software used for the administration of UBDC users' data requests, the management of data acquisitions and reporting for these activities . Modifications and technical developments to the CRM were completed to enhance the recording of user data requests and a wide range of data can be recorded including customer correspondence, customer project details and information about datasets requested and sent by UBDC. The data acquisitions module tracks the acquisitions process from the initial data suggestion to the dataset becoming available to request from UBDC. Details of terms and licensing, data transfer, management, processing and metadata are recorded there. The reporting functionality enables statistics for number of users, number of requests per dataset to be generated, as well as information about users plan to use/used the data. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact More information about data requests and acquistions is recorded in a central place online, which reduces reliance on several external systems and makes the data service administration process more streamlined. The data acquisitions module is now being utilised to record and track information related to the ongoing data acquisitions process. The reporting functionality is frequently utilised to facilitate easy generation of statistics, which are used for impact monitoring and external reports. 
URL https://crm.ubdc.gla.ac.uk
 
Title Nextbike API Data Collection 
Description Nextbike is a company who operated public bike -sharing system around the world. It provides data about available and rented bikes, stations in Glasgow via API. The python code to extract data from API has been developed and made publicly available via GitHub platform. This data could facilitate transport related research, promote sustainable transport and evaluate influence of bike usage and available infrastructure on a wider public. https://github.com/urbanbigdatacentre/nextbike 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Potential for downstream impact based on planned transportation research which will use the Nextbike data. Furthermore, this code for data collection can be repurposed and deployed to facilitate other online data collection activities. 
URL https://github.com/urbanbigdatacentre/nextbike
 
Title Registers of Scotland Price Paid Aggregation / Extraction 
Description Registers of Scotland is the official register of land and property in Scotland , it provides data of all sale and long lease transactions . The data comes in a spreadsheet with all the data stored as a text. This brings challenges to extract property price information as the price field contains various legal information along with price data itself. This software output is a Jupyter Notebook, an open-source web application that allows users to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modelling, data visualization, machine learning, and much more. All code is available in a private repository on GitHub. The data clean up tool using Jupiter notebooks has been created to allow quick and easy price data extraction. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Potential for downstream impacts as end users have access to an aggregated Registers of Scotland (RoS) dataset - the terms and conditions of our main RoS license limit sharing of the full dataset but permit us to share aggregated summary statistics of e.g. average house price or number of sales by datazone (subject to minimum cell sizes). 
 
Title Strava extract / Ogr2OGr tools using GDAL library for data loading and extraction 
Description The Geospatial Data Abstraction Library is a computer software library for reading and writing raster and vector geospatial data formats, and is released under the permissive X/MIT style free software license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. Bespoke code for loading Strava dataset to database and the code to extract it has been developed and made publicly available via GitHub platform. https://github.com/urbanbigdatacentre/strava 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The code to extract Strava data is primarily in support of our data service function - the impact that shared data has and will have is widespread and documented. The core libraries that we are adapting can be deployed in other types of data extraction, again offering benefits and potential for downstream impact. 
URL https://github.com/urbanbigdatacentre/strava
 
Title UBDC CCTV API 
Description This online platform standardised according to community conventions for CCTV object counts provides machine readable access to near real time counts data collected as part of UBDC's partnership project with Glasgow City Council to extract counts of pedestrians and other objects from CCTV imagery. The cctv api is an application which provides quarterly/half an hour counts of pedestrians and vehicles in json format, updated once daily. The source of the data is an object detection model which presently analyses snapshots taken from 36 cctv cameras in Glasgow City although the project started with four cameras in 30.11.2019. The entry page of the API, available at: https://portal.ubdc.ac.uk/cctv/, lists all endpoints and availability of data and locations for each camera. The cctv API comprises four endpoints: 1. Get all counts for all dates and all cameras This endpoint provides all the data available in the API at https://portal.ubdc.ac.uk/cctv/counts/. The remaining endpoints filter this data according to a location and/or time period. 2. Get all counts for a location This endpoint provides all the data available for a chosen location. In the example below, the data for the location Duke Street at Bellgrove is presented. Ex.: https://portal.ubdc.ac.uk/cctv/counts/Duke_St_@_Bellgrove 3. Get all counts for a time period (inclusive) This endpoint provides all the data available for a specific time period. Ex.: https://portal.ubdc.ac.uk/cctv/counts/2020-05-19/2020-07-06 In the example above, all the data between 2020-05-19 and 2020-07-06 is presented. 4. Get counts for a location and time period (inclusive) This endpoint filters the data according to a specific location and time period. Ex.: https://portal.ubdc.ac.uk/cctv/counts/Duke_St_@_Bellgrove/2020-06-19/2020-06-21 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The data has been acquired via the platform in support of national efforts to identify valuable new data sources within the Covid pandemic (led principally by ONS) and provides a means for data to be consumed by local authority partners, and within information dashboards being produced for policy audiences by UBDC. 
URL https://api.ubdc.ac.uk/cctv/
 
Title UBDC CCTV Client / Server Model 
Description This is a state-of-the-art system to deploy machine learning models in a production environment. The server side of the system is based on Tensorflow Serving which is a flexible, high-performance serving system for machine learning models especially designed for production. There are many advantages is using this system and one that is key to allow low latency communications and smaller payloads is the possibility to make use of gRPC endpoints. This system will substitute the outdated cctv system still in use as also as will be the base for the video analytics project in which small video snapshots are periodically taken and subsequently analysed to count number of pedestrians and other moving objects. 
Type Of Technology e-Business Platform 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact To follow 
 
Title UBDC CCTV Object Count and Tracking Codebase 
Description This software, relying on trained and untrained models, takes CCTV imagery (still or video content) and performs per-frame analysis, identifying objects of interest including people, cars, and other vehicles, for the purposes of producing count information and other statistics. For moving image materials the software is also capable of reidentifying detected objects and tracking movement trajectories across multiple contigous frames, providing the means for more robust counting methodologies (where objects are counted only after traversing an arbitrary line within the image frame), to more effectively differentiate between stationary and moving vehicles and bicycles and to track movement trajectories, routes and other mobility habits from detected individuals. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The dataset produced from this code is documented elsewhere within Research Fish and has received widespread interest from a range of communities and practical deployment in the operational and policy decision making within Glasgow City Council. 
 
Title UBDC Data Catalogue Manager 
Description This software facilitates interrogation and management of UBDC's data catalogue platform, underpinned by an associated RESTful API. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The platform is in a pre-release status at present (Feb 2021) but is expected to be established at the forefront of UBDC Data Service communication later this year. 
 
Title UBDC Ecoquartier Processing Code 
Description In UBDC's Ecoquartier Project it was necessary to run an Exploratory Factorial Analysis to identify latent variables which could not be identified directly. For this analysis to run smoothly and to not extract 'artefactual factors' or factors that load heavily on a single variable, it is recommended to keep absolute skewness below 2.0 and kurtosis below 2.0 (Bandalos and Finney 2010). However, our data is highly skewed and even applying the traditional range of transformations (square root transformation, cubic root transformation and log transformation), we here unable to transform skewed data to a normal distribution or to bring all values ofskewness and kurtosis within or very close to the desired limits. This interpolating approach recalculates the value of the variables for all polygons based on the values of the neighbouring polygons. There are many (deterministic) interpolation methods and the one that would suit better this proposal was theinverse distance weighted interpolation (idw). This method is a weighted average, in which the weights are the inverse distance between polygons (or the centroid of the polygons, to be more precise). The whole idea is that the nearby polygons will be more weighted than the polygons further away. The value of ncan be adjusted to reflect the degree of influence of close polygons. A large nresults in nearby polygons wielding a much greater influence on the unsampled polygon compared to a polygon furtheraway. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact To follow 
 
Title UBDC Github Implementation 
Description An organisational account allowing UBDC developers and data scientists to store code, models and developed tools was created on the GitHub platform. As well as facilitating management and sustainability of the Centre's codebase and technical outputs it allows sharing code with public, part of our overall transparency agenda. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact This provides a basis for managing and sharing all of UBDC's technical outputs. Its potential for impact is therefore not direct, but is an essential facilitator to the achievement of impact with third party use of these resources. 
URL https://github.com/urbanbigdatacentre
 
Title UBDC Glasgow City Region Intelligence Hub Prototype Dashboard 
Description This is a fully featured prototype implementation of an online economics dashboard prepared to a specification as provided by Glasgow City Region's Intelligence Hub. The platform facilitates comparison of some 13 mainly economic indicators across the regions' local authorities and with other comparable UK regions. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact To follow 
 
Title Urban Big Data Centre AirBnB Content Scraper 
Description This containerised (Docker) application automates the extraction of data via AirBnB's API. It handles content harvesting, scheduling, logging and load balancing and manages the negotiation of API limits. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2021 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The tool has been utilised to facilitate extraction of AirBnB data for UBDC research and is available and fully documented to facilitate others reproduction of these data collection steps. 
URL https://github.com/urbanbigdatacentre/ubdc-airbnb
 
Title iMCD GPS / Greenspace Data Extraction Software 
Description To better process GPS data collected during iMCD project and to evaluate user interactions with greenspace the python code has been produced using Jupyter Notebooks. All code is available in a private repository on GitHub. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The code facilitates spatial linking of iMCD GPS data. The potential for impact is primarily associated with future uses of the iMCD data. However, the approach can be replicated and applied to other individual level datasets. 
 
Description Invited Talk by Co-I Dr Konstantinos Ampountolas: Motorway tidal flow lane control, 11th April 2019, Transport Institute, TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact During this presentation Dr. Ampountolas proposed a simple and practical real-time strategy for efficient motorway tidal flow lane control. A switching policy based on the fundamental diagram, that requires only aggregated measurements of density (or occupancy).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.tudelft.nl/evenementen/2019/transport-institute/transport-thursday-11th-of-april-motorwa...
 
Description Smart Cities World Press Coverage: Data sharing critical to rapid response of the pandemic in Scotland 
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 Smart Cities World's press coverage of the Scottish Local Government & Data during Covid-19. Professor Simon Joss and Dr Justine Gangneux carried out an in-depth analysis of data engagements between autumn 2020 and spring 2021. A total of 31 out of the 32 Scottish local authorities were surveyed along with focus groups including NHS Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Government, and several third sector (voluntary) organisations. The survey found that 83% of respondents stated that there was an increase in internal data sharing during COVID-19, 79% indicated the use of new data sources, and 74% confirmed increased data collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/smart-cities-news/data-sharing-critical-to-rapid-response-of-the-pa...
 
Description 'Now is the time to be bold on educational inequality' We need a new normal for education to better serve the disadvantaged - and that has to start now, says Barry Black 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This is a Teacher Education Scotland (TES) piece by our PGR Barry Black, stemming from his UBDC mixed-methods research, on tackling widening educational inequalities post-Covid, it led to some TV media coverage as well.This has had wide discussion amongst government policy-makers as well.

It begins:
"Reminders of the vast inequality that exists in Scotland's education system are never in short supply.

Just recently, research revealed that the poorest young people in Scotland are as likely to leave school with one Higher as their most affluent peers are to have five. Across every area - from results to subject choice, literacy and numeracy - we see a stubborn poverty-related attainment gap that could be mistaken for a chasm.

Of course, the driver of inequality in education is not the four walls of the classroom, but wider socio-economic inequality. As in many other sectors, the Covid-19 crisis threatens to further entrench these inequalities."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-now-time-be-bold-educational-inequality
 
Description (Y)our City Centre : Glasgow - District Regeneration Frameworks : Urban Infrastructure 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 I was invited to participate in a workshop organised by Austin-Smith:Lord. The workshop aimed to gather views from a variety of stakeholders about the formulation of the city centre regeneration strategies. I spoke about data gathering efforts made by UBDC. They requested further information about our work (which I forwarded after the workshop) and also expressed interest in using some of the data we have collected. We will also look into collecting new data which they can make use of.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.austinsmithlord.com/preparation-of-frameworks-for-the-future-of-your-city-centre-glasgow...
 
Description 15 minutes on health inequalities Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We recorded a podcast to explain why we need to study the health of care experienced children, what implications it has for health inequalities and what are our future plans. The aim was to introduce and advertise our research and reach potential audiences who would be interested in the results. the podcast was advertised via twitter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://soundcloud.com/user-776545020
 
Description 2/2019 Invited Workshop: Cultural Literacy and Policy Development for NCUK Spring Conference, Ostersund, Sweden 
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 2/2019 Dr Catherine Lido was invited to deliver a workshop at the NCUK Spring Conference, hosted at the Jamtli museum in Ostersund, Sweden. The topic was the role of novel data in the development of 'Cultural Literacy and Policy', and connected UBDC with the work of European Museums Academy & PASCAL International Observatory. This talk led to a number of H2020 applications, one reserved listed but none yet successful (one currently in submission).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://10times.com/nks
 
Description 9th International Symposium on Travel Demand Management (TDM 19-21 Jun 2019, HILTON EDINBURGH GROSVENOR, Edinburgh, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Saeed Maadi presented his work in the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description A Multicriteria Optimization Framework for Urban Social Media Analytics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor João Porto de Albuquerque, Deputy Director of UBDC, gave a presentation at the International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS) webinar on the 29th of November 2021.

Professor João Porto de Albuquerque and Professor Sidgley Camargo de Andrade, Federal University of Technology - Paraná, discussed their paper, which takes multicriteria optimization to spatial analysis of social media data and determines the spatial area unit that maximizes spatial autocorrelation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/a-multicriteria-optimizat...
 
Description A scientific talk to primary school: Smart Cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Present smart cities content to Kongping Primary School, Ya'an, Sichuan, China (online, in Chinese).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Administrative Data for Social Policy Research, Potentials and Pitfalls 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Bailey gave a presentation on the administrative data for social policy research, potentials and pitfalls on the I-SPHERE
Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research Webinar on the 14th October 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.i-sphere.hw.ac.uk/seminars/
 
Description An Exploration of Fuel Poverty in the Private Rental Housing Market Webinar - October 2020 
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 In this webinar, led by UBDC's Dr Qunshan Zhao, we explored whether low-income neighbourhoods experience worse energy efficiency in the private rental market. We examined if a lack of energy efficiency also increases the fuel poverty level and how we can help those on low incomes. Results from research like this can serve as guidance for the Scottish Government to identify low energy efficiency areas in the private rental market.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/datadives
 
Description An Infrastructure Emergency: Implementing Temporary Cycle Facilities During Lockdown 05.05.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Alistair McCay has written a blog titled "infrastructure emergency: implementing temporary cycle facilities during the lockdown". This blog explains how Alistair and engineers from the industry acted to translate the language and technical components for UK practicing engineers of the Berlin Guidance for Temporary Cycle Facilities as this was the first such published guidance worldwide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/may/an-infrastructure-emergency-implementing-temporary-cycle-f...
 
Description An invited talk to international collaboration seminar in Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An invited talk to discuss international collaboration and communication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Apples and Pears? Comparing Google and Apple Mobility Data 14.05.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Bailey has written a blog on comparing Google and Apple mobility data. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several private organisations have begun publishing indicators that shed light on the social, economic, or environmental changes resulting from 'lockdown'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/may/apples-and-pears-comparing-google-and-apple-mobility-data/
 
Description Big data in the pandemic, Data Bites #19: Getting things done with data in government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Nick Bailey gave a presentation titled, 'Big data in the pandemic, Data Bites #19: Getting Things Done with Data in Government', at the Institute for Government monthly event held on the 05th of May 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/events/data-bites-19
 
Description Blog - Adminstering UBDC's Data Service 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A day in the life summary of administering UBDC's data service, expanding on challenges associated with management and sharing of complex urban data to users, sourcing high-quality new datasets and creating accurate metadata to help users to discover and use our collections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/march/administering-ubdc-s-data-service/
 
Description Blog - Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on UBDC's data services 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As one of the Economic and Social Research Council's data infrastructure investments, UBDC was asked to join a meeting to explore the effects of COVID-19 on our work, and its impact on the role of data services and data-driven research. Within this blog we collated some of our thoughts, including how we've adapted procedures to facilitate continued and enhanced service provision, as well as some of the unexpected opportunities that have arisen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/assessing-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-ubdc-s-data-services/
 
Description Blog - Creating open data counts of pedestrians and vehicles using CCTV cameras 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Providing an update on our work using spare CCTV capacity to monitor activity levels during the COVID-19 Pandemicv
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/july/creating-open-data-counts-of-pedestrians-and-vehicles-using-c...
 
Description Blog - Dividing the world: spatial techniques to acquire online data at scale 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As we continue to adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, UBDC researchers have moved quickly to develop new programmes of research, focused on the virus' impacts, both during its current phase and throughout the subsequent recovery period. This ambition is enabled partly through the use of the Centre's existing data collections, but also demands the rapid acquisition of new data.

In this technical blog, UBDC data scientists explain the different approaches to the challenges of collecting spatial data (any data with a direct or indirect reference to a specific location or geographical area) and share the method we use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/dividing-the-world-spatial-techniques-to-acquire-online-data...
 
Description Blog - New data collections - Adzuna data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UBDC blog promoting the availability of new dataset:

The data collections at the Urban Big Data Centre are expanding! Several new datasets will be available from UBDC in 2021 covering a range of topics including employment data.
It has now been confirmed that Adzuna data will be one of the datasets included in this year's data acquisitions....
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2021/february/new-data-collections-adzuna-data/
 
Description Blog - Personal space exploration - pavement widths and walking space for social distancing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As UBDC continues to provide evidence of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support the recovery process with data and analysis, one area of uncertainty concerns mobility and space.

This blog summarised UBDC's efforts to produce open pavement width data to support planning for social distancing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/personal-space-exploration-pavement-widths-and-walking-space-...
 
Description Blog - UBDC Welcomes Geospatial Commission's Decision to Release Core Property and Street Identifiers 
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 Amid the widespread reporting of the recent COVID-19 pandemic many missed the announcement in April 2020 by the UK Geospatial Commission that two geographical identifiers - the Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) and Unique Street Reference Numbers (USRNs) - are to be openly accessible from July of this year.

This blog provides a welcome response to this news from UBDC and for those using spatial data, more specifically data describing residential and other types of properties. It explains why without a robust and persistent form of identification, the challenges of matching addresses, or reliably linking two records based on common address information are more complicated than you might think.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/ubdc-welcomes-geospatial-commission-s-decision-to-release-co...
 
Description Blog - Using spare CCTV capacity to monitor activity levels during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Urban Big Data Centre in partnership with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Centre for Population Health have been using artificial intelligence (AI) and spare capacity in the CCTV network to measure the levels of activity on certain streets. The data provided the means to monitor how activity levels have been affected by measures introduced to manage the Covid 19 pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/using-spare-cctv-capacity-to-monitor-activity-levels-during-...
 
Description Blog on "Are we visiting greenspace differently during the COVID-19 pandemic?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lead by PDRA Michael Sinclair, we published a blog to explain how people visit greenspace during the pandemic by using mobile phone data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2021/june/are-we-visiting-greenspace-differently-during-the-covid-...
 
Description Blog on A Turning Point for Cycling: improving the safety of temporary infrastructure 28.05.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Alistair McCay has written a blog called "turning point for cycling: improving the safety of temporary infrastructure". Glasgow and many other cities worldwide have reacted
to the COVID-19 crisis by quickly implementing active travel infrastructure to enable people to move around urban areas for essential business, such as shopping and
exercise. This blog critically investigates the detailed design options that different cities have applied at junctions with temporary cycle infrastructure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/assessing-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-ubdc-s-data-services/
 
Description Blog on Active Travel During a Pandemic 12.05.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Bruce Whyte wrote a blog on active travel during a pandemic. At the time of writing this blog, very sadly, UK deaths from Covid-19 have exceeded 30,000 and are close to 3,000 in Scotland. Public health work to mitigate the worst impacts of the virus and the lockdown has begun and examined the impacts on health behaviours, sustainable travel and air quality are all areas of interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/may/active-travel-during-a-pandemic/
 
Description Blog on Analysing ONS's 'Effects of Taxes and Benefits' Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Bailey wrote a blog on the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) which produces an annual analysis titled 'The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on household incomes' or ETB for short.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/analysing-ons-s-effects-of-taxes-and-benefits-data/
 
Description Blog on Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on UBDC's Data Services 26.06.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Heather Sinclair and Andrew McHugh have written a blog on how COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on all our lives. Devastating health effects have been accompanied by a wide range of smaller impacts, ranging from minor inconveniences too often upsetting disruptions. Although we may feel awkward to admit it, many of us have also identified the positive side effects of this pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/assessing-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-ubdc-s-data-services/
 
Description Blog on Big data in the Pandemic: Strengthening the Response 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Bailey has written a blog on big data in the pandemic: strengthening the response. As the UK Government's National Data Strategy recently noted, the pandemic has established a "high watermark of data use". This blog is based on a presentation that Nick gave at the Campaign for Social Science seminar on 'How can social statistics help us fight COVID-19?', which took place on 19 September 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/september/big-data-in-the-pandemic-strengthening-the-response/
 
Description Blog on Capturing Early Career Researchers' Professional Networks - A Quantitative Method Capturing Subjective Perceptions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this blog post, Carla Cebula from the visNET project outlines how they collected rich quantitative data on the professional networks of women early career researchers' (ECRs) in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields to complement qualitative data on their networking and collaboration barriers with the aim of reducing the gender bias in academic STEM careers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/december/capturing-early-career-researchers-professional-networks...
 
Description Blog on Comparison of active travel in global cities using Strava Metro Dashboard data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We wrote a blog to compare active travel actvities in global cities in 9 global major cities. We have found out different level of active travel increase/decrease due to the government lockdown policy, local culture, and the severity of the COVID-19 in different countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/comparison-of-active-travel-in-global-cities-using-strav...
 
Description Blog on Creating Open Data Counts of Pedestrians and Vehicles Using CCTV Cameras 28.07.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog on creating open data counts of pedestrians and vehicles using CCTV cameras. Providing an update on UBDC's work using spare CCTV capacity to monitor activity levels during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/july/creating-open-data-counts-of-pedestrians-and-vehicles-usi...
 
Description Blog on Gendered Journeys: Mixing Methods, Datatypes, and Contexts to Explore Gender in STEM 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this blog, Emma Seddon explains how researchers from the University of Glasgow, including Urban Big Data Centre staff, will be collaborating with the University of Rwanda and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta to explore how gender impacts the experiences and trajectories of Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and graduates in India and Rwanda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/november/gendered-journeys/
 
Description Blog on Personal Space Exploration - Pavement Widths and Walking Space for Social Distancing 01.06.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nikos Ves and Andrew McHugh have written a blog on personal space exploration - pavement widths and walking space for social distancing. As UBDC continues to provide evidence of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support the recovery process with data and analysis, one area of uncertainty concerns mobility and space.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/personal-space-exploration-pavement-widths-and-walking-sp...
 
Description Blog on The Easing of Lockdown in Glasgow 04.05.2021 
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 Nick Bailey wrote a blog on the centres of Britain's largest cities that have been particularly badly hit by lockdown restrictions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2021/may/the-easing-of-lockdown-in-glasgow/
 
Description Blog on The Effects of the Lockdown on Traffic in Glasgow 08.04.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Bailey has written a blog on the effects of the lockdown on traffic in Glasgow. Using location data from mobile phones (Google Location History data), Google community mobility report shows substantial reductions in mobility. They provide a breakdown by trip purpose (e.g., retail/recreation, grocery/pharmacy, parks, etc.). In Glasgow, for example, they show an overall reduction of 84% for retail/recreation trips.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/the-effects-of-the-lockdown-on-traffic-in-glasgow/
 
Description Blog on how cycling patterns are changing in response to Covid-19 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This blog was part of a series of blogs published by the Urban Big Data Centre looking at how new forms of data can be used to monitor the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent recovery. In this blog, Strava Metro data is used to look at how patterns of cycling have changed in response to the lockdown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/using-crowdsourced-data-to-monitor-trends-in-cycling-dur...
 
Description Blog on the Open-Source Facility Location Modeling (Spopt) Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We wrote a blog to explain the programming outcome from the Google Summer of Code 2021. We developed the python version of facility location modelling packages within pysal/spopt.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2021/september/open-source-facility-location-modelling-spopt-devel...
 
Description Blog on the effects of COVID-19 Governmental responses on mobility in Europe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We wrote a blog looking at how government measures influence the mobility in different countries. We used open data set such as google mobility index and government stringency index from Oxford to conduct the analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/the-effects-of-covid-19-governmental-responses-on-mobili...
 
Description Blog on the use of hired bikes in Edinburgh during the Covid-19 lockdown. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The blog is part of a series of work by the centre looking at how new forms of data can be used to inform the response to the Covid-19 outbreak. In this blog, I looked at how the hired bikes in Edinburgh are being used. There is an indication that there has been an increase in people using them for exercise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/how-are-people-using-hired-bikes-during-lockdown/
 
Description Blog on traffic levels in Glasgow during the lockdown. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I wrote a blog looking at what has been going on with traffic levels in Glasgow. The data used were taken from an API provided by Glasgow City Council. The work is motivated by anecdotal evidence that the level of traffic is starting to increase for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown started.The analysis shows that this may be true in some places, but is not the general picture across the city. The blog also included an interactive component allowing people to visualise the data from different parts of the city.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/on-the-road-again-monitoring-traffic-following-the-easin...
 
Description Blog on usage of Glasgow's subway during the Covid-19 lockdown 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This blog was part of a series of blogs published by the Urban Big Data Centre looking at how new forms of data can be used to monitor the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent recovery. In this blog, smart card data from the Subway is used to monitor the impact of the lockdown on demand for travel by the subway.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/glasgow-s-subway-during-the-lockdown/
 
Description Blog: Governing the COVID-19 pandemic in the 'smart city' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Blog published 29 April; reviewing and analysing the opportunities and challenges of smart technologies, and especially 'smart apps', for managing the Covid-19 pandemic. Blog originally posted on UBDC website. Additionally linked to various social media, including LinkedIN (675 views; 11 reactions; 1 comment; by 2 June 2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/governing-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-the-smart-city/
 
Description Building a Future for the Urban Analytics Blueprint Event - 16-18 October 2019 
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 Researcher Qunshan Zhao gave a talk at the Building a Future for the Urban Analytics Blueprint event run by The Alan Turing Institute, Princes Wharf, Bristol on the 17 October 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2019/building-a-future-fo...
 
Description CHiCS online KE and cafe 
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 3-day webinar (21-23.09.2021) introduced the findings from the CHiCS project and invited participants to discuss these in small online cafés. It was ran over three days (three hours per day), each focusing on a specific aspect of health. As well as introducing results from the CHiCS project, the webinar also included guest presentations by other researchers, including research from Wales and Northern Ireland. Using the World Café method, the participants explored questions around the context of the results, how to talk to children and young people about these, and what policy responses might be required to reduce inequalities in health. We concluded with an open discussion where the different cafés feed back key ideas from their discussions to all participants. The feedback and ideas from the event will be used in a non-academic report. The feedback showed that the audience enjoyed the event and reported that they learned new information and changes in views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/healthwellbeing/research/mrccsosocialandpublichealthscience...
 
Description COVID-19 blog in UBDC (Did safe cycling infrastructure still matter during lockdown?) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Title: Did safe cycling infrastructure still matter during lockdown?

This blog is based on our new publication and examine the role played by safe cycling infrastructure during the lockdown period. 2019-2020 Strava data were used.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/october/did-safe-cycling-infrastructure-still-matter-during-lo...
 
Description COVID-19 blog in UBDC (The effects of the lockdown on traffic in Glasgow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Title: The effects of the lockdown on traffic in Glasgow
This blog examined the effects of the lockdown on traffic in Glasgow by using Scoot data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/the-effects-of-the-lockdown-on-traffic-in-glasgow/
 
Description CR&DALL Update | COVID-19 Activities at the School of Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This is a summary of UofG SoE engagement, featuring work by UBDC co-Is, affiliates and Phd Researchers, authored by Muir Houston, featuring Catherine Lido and Barry Black, as well as Mike Osborne.
It highlights UBDC and SoE engagement with Scottish Government in the area of educational change during Covid, beginning:
We are working with the Scottish Government to further develop a COVID-19 communications toolkit for the general public;
We are using emerging evidence from national and international networks to inform and support educational leaders and policymakers to develop evidence-informed responses to the COVID-19 crisis at the city and national level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://cradall.org/content/crdall-update-covid-19-activities-school-education
 
Description CREATe Copyright Centre - Text and Data Mining and the Law Talk 
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 Andrew McHugh (10/10/19) - Invited talk at workshop exploring issues around data collection and intellectual property law.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.create.ac.uk/blog/2019/12/11/create-symposium-2019-information-research-data-and-open-sc...
 
Description CaCHE Short Term Lets seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr. David McArthur gave a talk about how open data can be used to better understand the effect of short term rentals on cities. The event was intended to improve the policy response to the large growth in the market for short term lets. After the talk, three UBDC researchers were asked to attend a roundtable event organised by the Scottish Government. We were also approached by the Dublin Housing Observatory to collaborate on research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2019/cache-seminar-short-...
 
Description Call for Expressions of Interest into Adzuna Dataset 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC invites expressions of interest from applicants interested in using Adzuna job listings data for non-commercial academic research projects.
Adzuna is a search engine for job advertisements in the UK and provides data about the job market. Adzuna searches thousands of websites to bring together information on millions of advertisements on their service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/data-services/data-services/call-for-expressions-of-interest/
 
Description Campaign for the Social Sciences 2020 Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nick Bailey gave a presentation entitled 'Big Data and COVID-19 Pandemic: Potentials and Pitfalls' at an online event organised by the Campaign for the Social Sciences on the 21st of September 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2020/how-can-social-stati...
 
Description Centre for Research in Adult and Lifelong Learning Blog- Well-being Resources to Help During Lockdown 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog for researchers and citizens alike on social psychology as a tool for well-being, and practical tips during lockdown:

"During these difficult and unprecedented times of social distancing, isolation, and lockdown, many of us are realising the core tenet of social psychology- that humans need to belong to groups, to feel a sense of connection to humans around us, and to share a sense of identity and purpose.

Technology has played a crucial role in helping us to manufacture this sense of 'us' or 'we-ness', however the most vulnerable in society may lack access or skills necessary to maintain social connection during physical distancing.

Therefore psychologists have been hard at work disseminating tips for mental and physical health during COVID-19 isolation, and I myself have been appearing on BBC Scotland radio and TV as concerns how best to mitigate feelings of loneliness, and preserve our sense of connectedness, during isolation."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://cradall.org/content/wellbeing-resources-help-you-through-lockdown
 
Description Cities Today Online Roundtable: Cities Today Institute webinar on Data Driven Economic Recovery Beyond Covid-19 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The event is for city CIOs and CDOs mainly from Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6806251575233810432/
 
Description Cities Today Press Coverage: Pandemic spurs city data innovation in Scotland 
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 Cities Today's press coverage of the Scottish Local Government & Data during Covid-19. Professor Simon Joss and Dr Justine Gangneux carried out an in-depth analysis of data engagements between autumn 2020 and spring 2021. A total of 31 out of the 32 Scottish local authorities were surveyed along with focus groups including NHS Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Government, and several third sector (voluntary) organisations. The survey found that 83% of respondents stated that there was an increase in internal data sharing during COVID-19, 79% indicated the use of new data sources, and 74% confirmed increased data collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://cities-today.com/pandemic-spurs-city-data-innovation-in-scotland/
 
Description Co-convened two panel sessions at the Smart City Research Symposium, Stavanger 22-09-2021 
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 I co-convened a panel on Smart/Sustainable Transport at the Smart City Research symposium. It was a fairly traditional academic event with paper presentations as well as a discussion. After the event, we are looking into the possibility of publishing some of the outputs in a special issue of a journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.uis.no/en/smart-city/smart-city-research-symposium
 
Description CodetheCity Scottish Data Science Technology Meetup - SUDS / March 19 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Obinna Anejionu presented at the Aberdeen Data Science meetup on March 12th 2019 a talk entitled "Activating big data with spatial context to derive deeper insight in socioeconomic research"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.meetup.com/Scotland-Data-Science-Technology-Meetup/events/256813260/
 
Description Congratulatory Remarks, by Prof Mike Osborne, on the occasion of Declaration of the New Learning City of Yeong Dong, Republic of Korea 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Congratulatory Remarks, delivered by Prof Mike Osborne on the occasion of 'Declaration of the New Learning City of Yeong Dong', Republic of Korea, at the Yeong Dong Art Culture Complex Center, 13 December 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Covid-19: How pandemic could change food preferences 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This news article in The National (Scotland) newspaper made use of our Food Train- University of Glasgow research partnership, led by Kate Reid and myself, using diverse data to explore food access, social isolation and active ageing embedded in place. This stemmed from a blog we wrote, pushed out by UBDC, and led to a Scot Gov policy recommendations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.thenational.scot/news/18405936.covid-19-pandemic-change-food-preferences/
 
Description Data Bites #19: Getting things done with data in government 05/05/21 
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 Director Professor Nick Bailey gave a presentation on 'Data Bites #19: Getting things done with data in government' at the Data Bites event from the Institute for Government held on the 5th of May 2021. Better use of data is key to more effective government. Across government, teams are doing fascinating work with data. But those projects don't get the attention they deserve.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/getting-things-done-...
 
Description Data Taskforce's Advisory Board Meeting (Digital Office for Scottish Local Government) 190821 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Simon Joss gave a short presentation of research findings and recommendations from our research on Scottish local government's data response at the Digital Office's Data Taskforce's Advisory Board Meeting held on the 19th of August 2021. The Data Taskforce comprises of data practitioners across local government in Scotland. The presentation was followed by an interactive discussion about how to take findings and recommendations forward, engage with key stakeholders and develop an action plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Data and Intelligence Network Data Transformation Board. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Justine Gangneux gave a short presentation of research findings and recommendations from our research on Scottish local government's data response to Covid-19 to the Data & Intelligence Network led by the Scottish Government on the 31st August 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Datafest Event - "Effective Models for Data-Driven Collaborations Between Universities and Government" 
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 Through a combination of case study experiences and practical interactive exercises this event aimed to identify opportunities and effective models for cooperation and collaboration between academic researchers and government.

Three informal presentations described some successful and ongoing collaborations between the Urban Big Data Centre and selected Local Authority partners. In each example speakers summarised the origins of their collaboration, the respective benefits of participation and any specific challenges or obstacles that have been overcome. The intention was not to present final, or even well-formed research or operational outcomes, but to focus on the collaborations themselves.
1. UBDC and Glasgow City Council's CCTV Object Detection Project (Mark Livingston, UBDC and Kimberley Hose, Glasgow City Council)
2. UBDC and North Lanarkshire Council's exploration of access to public services in the digital age (Annette Hastings and Yang Wang, UBDC and Nicole Paterson, North Lanarkshire Council)
3. UBDC's data service collection building experiences with government data owners (Andrew McHugh, UBDC)

In a second session, through a series of group exercises attendees shared their experiences of similar projects (positive and negative!), developing a common understanding of challenges around issues such as data sharing, partnership development and shared objective setting, as well as best practice strategies and available resources for effectively addressing them.

Participants had the chance to develop new collaborative ideas within the workshop environment, critically assessing their feasibility and potential benefits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2020/effective-models-for...
 
Description David McArthur and Jinhyun Hong to The National newspaper. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Jinhyun Hong and David McArthur were interviewed by Karin Goodwin from The National about what the "new normal" will look like for transport after the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.thenational.scot/news/18406035.call-cyclists-pedestrians-prioritised-post-lockdown/
 
Description Deadline (News Agency) Press Coverage: A new study has revealed the importance of data sharing during COVID 
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 Deadline (News Agency) press coverage of the Scottish Local Government & Data during Covid-19.

Professor Simon Joss and Dr Justine Gangneux carried out an in-depth analysis of data engagements between autumn 2020 and spring 2021. A total of 31 out of the 32 Scottish local authorities were surveyed along with focus groups including NHS Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Government, and several third sector (voluntary) organisations.

The survey found that 83% of respondents stated that there was an increase in internal data sharing during COVID-19, 79% indicated the use of new data sources, and 74% confirmed increased data collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2021/05/26/a-new-study-has-revealed-the-importance-of-data-sharing-du...
 
Description Development of Transport Policy and Use of Mobility Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Nick Bailey gave a presentation to the Glasgow City Council 'Open Data and Innovation Working Group', titled 'Development of transport policy and use of mobility data. on the 25th February 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Digital Glasgow Board - Transport (OFFICIAL): Transport Strategy Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Nick Bailey gave a presentation on Transport Strategy at the Digital Glasgow Board - Transport (OFFICIAL) held on the 7th of December 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description ESRC Data Investments Data Access Meeting 
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 Discussion led by each of ESRC's data investments, exploring data access during Covid19 pandemic to discuss and share the challenges and opportunities that have arisen around data access and security and the potential for linkage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EU Commission Roundtable event: Smart Cities Marketplace - INTEGRATED INFRASTRUCTURES & PROCESSES ACTION CLUSTER MEETING 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact EU Commission ACTION CLUSTER MEETING
Covid-19 and Data from pan-Local government Research and Digital
Health in Scotland
Dr Justine Gangneux & Prof. Simon Joss, Professor of Urban Futures and Associate Director ESRC Urban Big Data Centre, School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
George Crooks, CEO of Digital Health Scotland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://smart-cities-marketplace.ec.europa.eu
 
Description Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel - COVID-19 effects on cycling blog in UBDC 
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 In this blog, we share the findings from our new publication in Sustainability, which examines the role played by safe cycling infrastructure during the lockdown period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/october/did-safe-cycling-infrastructure-still-matter-during-lo...
 
Description Engagement video introduction produced, shared through project Twitter page during a Scotland wide online research engagement event Explortathon 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We produced a short video to explain the aims of our research project. The goal was to share it during the Scotland wide online engagement event to get more followers for our project twitter page. We will later use the twitter page to disseminate findings and advertise project related events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/CHiCS_project
 
Description Estimating the cost of COVID-19 related cancellations to Airbnb and their hosts in Edinburgh 
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 Blog estimating the cost of COVID-19 cancellations to Airbnb and their hosts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/estimating-the-cost-of-covid-19-related-cancellations-t...
 
Description Exploring Learning City Inclusion with Diverse Education Data Webinar - October 2020 
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 In this webinar, led by UBDC's Professor Catherine Lido with Rachel Cassar (postgraduate researcher for the VisNET project), we presented the work and data behind the Oxford Review paper 'Lifewide learning in the city: novel big data approaches to exploring learning with large-scale surveys, GPS, and social media'. In this session, we examined the background to UNESCO Learning Cities and how it informed the integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project, with a discussion around the educational aspects of the survey, education-relevant Twitter data harvesting and the role of GPS and lifelogging images for less formal types of learning practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/datadives
 
Description Exploring human-nature Interactions Using New Forms of Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Michael Sinclair gave a voluntary presentation on the potential of mobile phone data for managing natural areas, which was given to a wide group of Scottish park managers. This was facilitated throughout the charity Greenspace Scotland and comprised of a presentation and discussion session.

This resulted in further follow-up meetings with Greenspace Scotland and the park manager's forum and generated ongoing interest in the work UBDC are undertaking on human-nature interactions via mobile phone data. This engagement was also the beginning of a longer-term partnership with Greenspace Scotland.

Greenspace Scotland submitted a letter of support to contribute to our ongoing research on urban greenspace via mobile phone data in the Glasgow City Region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/park-managers-forum-19-may-2021
 
Description Follow up meeting re: Open Data Agenda 
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 Following up from an earlier talk at a Registers of Scotland Open Day this meeting was an opportunity to expand on the potential benefits of pursuing an open data licensing approach for RoS data - at least for non-commercial academic research purposes. The meeting took place with Samuel Dickinson and Katherine Falconer of RoS, with UBDC's Andrew McHugh attending.

The discussion promised much further progress but the Covid19 pandemic struck shortly afterwards, requiring the work to be largely set aside. Possible avenues included a comparative analysis of the situations in Scotland and England & Wales (the equivalent data in E&W is open already) and conceptualisation of a limited open data subset that could be available for academic users.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description GIS-Based Facility Location Analysis for the Public and Private Sectors Webinar - October 2020 
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 In this webinar, led by UBDC's Dr Jing Yao, we introduced some classic facility location models, with examples of location-allocation analyses in ArcGIS using open data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/datadives
 
Description Gave a talk on using digital footprint data to measure active travel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I gave one of three talks in a seminar jointly organised by the Urban Big Data Centre and the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research. The session was "Active Travel: New Data, New Insights" and my talk was "Measuring active travel with digital footprints". I also participated in a discussion with the other attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.scadr.ac.uk/news-and-events/event-active-travel-new-data-new-insights
 
Description Gave a talk to Glasgow City Council's Open Data & Innovation Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a talk to a lunchtime session of Glasgow City Council's Open Data & Innovation Working Group about UBDC's CCTV counting project. The purpose of the talk was to show innovative ways in which data can be generated and used. There were several questions and an interesting discussion afterwards. Plans were made to further promote the use of such data, to enhance its value, and to link it to other data sources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Gave a talk to the Postgraduate Active Travel Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I have a talk to around 15 members of the Postgraduate Active Travel Network. After the talk, we had an interesting discussion about the role of data in active travel research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Gave an invited talk at an Academy of Urbanism event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave an invited talk at an Academy of Urbanism coffee break event. The talk was about the centre's work on using CCTV cameras to derive pedestrian data and about how this data can be used to improve the quality of cities. The event was online. The audience in attendance was small but a recording of the top will be made available on YouTube. One of the participants from Glasgow City Council expressed interest in learning more about the work being done at UBDC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.academyofurbanism.org.uk/events/aou-coffee-break-scotland-20/
 
Description Gave talk and participated in a panel discussion a the MaaS Scotland 2020 conference. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was a speaker on a panel at the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Scotland conference. The session was a technical session looking at data and security. I presented work done by UBDC on using CCTV cameras to measure pedestrian activity. I then participated in the discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://maas-scotland.com/maas-scotland-annual-conference-2020/
 
Description Glasgow City of Science and Innovation Press Coverage: A New Study has Revealed the Importance of Data Sharing During COVID 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Glasgow City of Science and Innovation's press coverage of the Scottish Local Government & Data during Covid-19. Professor Simon Joss and Dr Justine Gangneux carried out an in-depth analysis of data engagements between autumn 2020 and spring 2021. A total of 31 out of the 32 Scottish local authorities were surveyed along with focus groups including NHS Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Government, and several third sector (voluntary) organisations.

The survey found that 83% of respondents stated that there was an increase in internal data sharing during COVID-19, 79% indicated the use of new data sources, and 74% confirmed increased data collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://glasgowcityofscienceandinnovation.com/university-of-glasgow-research-shows-importance-of-dat...
 
Description Glasgow Metro FS 'Show and Tell' Sessions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Glasgow City Council organised an internal workshop where a number of people were giving presentations about how data can be used to support decision making. There was a particular focus mobility and place making. I was asked to present some of the work I had done at UBDC. The idea was to make the different groups attending aware of what data and methods were available, and to avoid overlap between what different groups were working on. After the presentation, I received requests for further information on the work I presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Guest Lecture for MA Students, University of Liverpool: Research Data Management and Big Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Introductory lecture to information science students covering:

- What is Research Data Management? What is Big Data?
- What is involved each?
- Introduction to the Urban Big Data Centre?
- What types of data are being collected?
- What systems are involved?
- What policies are in place?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Holyrood Public Sector Data Policy Summit 2022 Invited Talk (Andrew McHugh) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited participation in experts' panel session entitled "The Power of Data Science and Analytics". Session summarised as follows:

"With high-quality data collected, organisations can utilise data science and analysis to drive insight and better decision-making. These analytics can then enable improved services across the public sector. This session will comprise a panel discussion amongst sector experts about how best to maximise the value of data and the impact data analysis can bring to an organisation."

Chair - Gemma Milne, Writer & Researcher

Speakers
• Dr Joanna McKenzie, Head of Data Science, The Data Lab
• Dr Andrew McHugh, Senior Data Science Manager, Urban Big Data Centre at University of Glasgow
• Jarmo Eskelinen, Executive Director, Data Driven Innovation Initiative at The University of Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://events.holyrood.com/event/public-sector-data-summit-2022/
 
Description Illinois News Today Press Coverage: Pandemic spurs innovation in Scottish urban data-Cities Today 
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 Illinois News Today's press coverage of the Scottish Local Government & Data during Covid-19. Professor Simon Joss and Dr Justine Gangneux carried out an in-depth analysis of data engagements between autumn 2020 and spring 2021. A total of 31 out of the 32 Scottish local authorities were surveyed along with focus groups including NHS Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Government, and several third sector (voluntary) organisations. The survey found that 83% of respondents stated that there was an increase in internal data sharing during COVID-19, 79% indicated the use of new data sources, and 74% confirmed increased data collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://illinoisnewstoday.com/pandemic-spurs-innovation-in-scottish-urban-data-cities-today/225249/
 
Description Impacts of COVID-19 on the Airbnb Market in Edinburgh 
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 A blog looking at the impact of Airbnbs COVID 19 cancellation and refund policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/impacts-of-covid-19-on-the-airbnb-market-in-edinburgh/
 
Description Interview for international newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview with Canada's national newspaper 'Mail & Globe', 13 April 2020. Interviewer: Nathan Vanderklippe, Asia Correspondent
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-brief-home-quarantine-order-for-foreign-residents-in-b...
 
Description Interview for national newspaper 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Herald newspaper did a series of interviews with academics as part of a series on the COP26 climate change conference. I was interviewed for Transport Day to talk about future mobility. I focused on warning against relying solely on electric vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions and promoted the idea of active travel and integrated ticketing for public transport.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.nla-eclips.com/PDFs/BRAB210.PDF
 
Description Interview for the Financial Times 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact UBDC's Associate Director for Training and Capacity Building, Dr David McArthur, was interviewed for a Financial Times article on the potential for Strava data to generate big data that can be used for public development. In the article entitled 'City planners zero in on cyclists through exercise app', they note that David "compared journeys logged by Strava against roadside counts and found the numbers correlated relatively well."

The article goes on to say:

"He has found, based on data from the app, that when segregated cycle-only paths were built cycling volumes increased by 12-18 per cent; when a lane was simply painted on the road the number dropped.

"The app "opens up new modelling possibilities", Mr McArthur said, but noted important discrepancies in the data. There are more Strava users, for example, in wealthier west Glasgow than the east of the city, so using the data alone could risk replicating deeper inequalities."

This article, which reached a potential of 1m readers (from FT circulation statistics) has contributed to dissemination of UBDC research outcomes across an international audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ft.com/content/bfd4dbaa-061b-11ea-9afa-d9e2401fa7ca
 
Description Interview with Technology Scotland for Blog Series on Covid-19 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Took part in an interview with Technology Scotland, to inform a blog on "Responding to Covid-19". This was an opportunity to highlight recent work being undertaken at UBDC in the months since March 2020 around the effects of Covid-19 on UK urban areas. We were able to highlight some of the recent research being undertaken and links to our Covid-19 related outputs were provided within the blog. This was also an opportunity to raise the profile of UBDC more generally, and to focus attention to specific successful collaborations between UBDC and local authorities, including Glasgow City Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://technologyscotland.scot/blog-series-responding-to-covid-19-urban-big-data-centre/
 
Description Introduction to Adzuna Job Market Data Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A UBDC online seminar: Introduction to Adzuna Job Market Data. I gave a presentation with the title of "Understanding the impact of AI and smart technologies on jobs using online job vacancy data".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/introduction-to-adzu...
 
Description Introduction to Adzuna job market data 
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 In this webinar, UBDC researchers will provide an overview of how they intend to use the data and the Adzuna data owners will give additional background information and perspective about the creation of the data.

y the end of this session, participants were able to:

-Describe the Adzuna dataset and be able to provide an overview of the main fields and coverage of the data
-Apply to access the data from UBDC
-Give examples of how Adzuna data has been or will be used in research
-Describe potential or intended uses of the data by researchers
-Explain benefits of academic research use of the data, such as increased visibility of the data through citation in publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/introduction-to-adzuna-jo...
 
Description Introduction to geospatial analysis using Python tools and Adzuna data 
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 Following on from the preceding "Introduction to Adzuna job market data webinar", this session covered how to read and write spatial data, perform a simple geospatial analysis, create map and cartographic visualisations using GeoPandas and other Python geospatial libraries.

Upon completion of the course, participants were able to:

-Describe the structure and key features of the Adzuna dataset
-Convert non-spatial data to spatial GIS data in a Python environment
-Perform basic GIS analysis on a dataset using GeoPandas
-Visualise the data using GeoPandas and other popular Python libraries (geoplot, mapclassify)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/introduction-to-geospatia...
 
Description Invited Expert Panel: UNESCO INTERNATIONAL EXPERT ROUNDTABLE ON LIFELONG LEARNING METRICS, Singapore 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 5/2019 Dr Catherine Lido was invited to the firs tmeeting of the UNESCO INTERNATIONAL EXPERT ROUNDTABLE ON LIFELONG LEARNING METRICS, held in Singapore. This involved presentation, panels, and small group dicussions with UNESCO-UIL, OECD and EC surrounding better use of data and data capture for less formal forms of learning, this group then informs the onward development of the UNESCO Learning Cities Network and Learning City Indicators.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited Presentation: UNESCO Annual Learning Cities conference, on Digital Inclusion- Medellin, Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 10/2019 Invited Speaker: UNESCO Annual Learning Cities conference Medellin, Colombia

From the 1st to the 3rd of October Dr Catherine Lido represented the work of UBDC and University of Glasgow as an invited guest, in the city of Medellin, for the bi-annual International Conference on Learning Cities, with a focus on inclusion. More than 400 delegates were welcomed from approximately 150 countries to discuss the role of lifelong learning in meeting the 2030 goals for Sustainable Development. Two of the four background papers for the conference were chosen from UBDC Co-Is, working at the University of Glasgow School of Education. The overall background paper by Mike Osborne and Sergio Hernandez covered Sustainable Learning Cities: Inclusion, Equity and Lifelong Learning. The background paper on Digital and Data Literacy for inclusive learning cities, offered by Catherine Lido, Lavinia Hirsu and Bridgette Wessels explored Digital and Data Literacies for Inclusion of Marginalised Citizens in Learning Cities. All delegates received printed synopsis of the work, as well as a presentation and panel discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.learningcities2019.org/
 
Description Invited Seminar: Scottish Government Education Analytical Services Edinburgh, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 09/2019 Dr Catherine Lido, and her funded Phd researcher Brittney Nathaniel, were invited to deliver an expert seminar/ workshop for Scottish Government Education Analytical Services, including data holders, data analysts, parliamentary researchers and policy-makers, on the topic of using novel data to capture lifelong learning, it was held in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, UK, but disseminated to other Scottish Government statisticians and policy-makers in Glasgow via zoom.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited Talk SAD 2020 Spatial Analytics + Data Seminar Series 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact An invited talk from Newcastle University. Talk title: Articulating strategies to address heat resilience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKYkbKpNPDY&t=67s
 
Description Invited Talk in GDSL (Geographic Data Science Lab)-CDRC (Consumer Data Research Centre) Brown Bag Seminar, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact An invited talk at the University of Liverpool. Talk title: Fuel poverty or pandemic mobility? A new insight for the private rental housing market and green space visitation from new forms of urban big data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdsl-cdrc-brown-bag-seminar-with-qunshan-zhao-tickets-156653664327#
 
Description Invited Talk in Graduate Colloquium Series, Department of Geography, University of Northern Iowa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact An invited talk at the University of Northern Iowa. Talk title: Designing a Sustainable Urban Environment by Spatial Data Science and Urban Climatology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Invited Talk in School of Engineering, Newcastle University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact An invited talk at Newcastle University. Talk title: A multi-scale framework for fuel station location: From highways to street intersections
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited online talk to WGDC Summit 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this WDGC summit 2020, I presented my recent research on "A multi-scale framework for fuel station location: From highways to street intersections."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://wgdc.taibo.cn/
 
Description Invited speaker at Policy Scotland webinar on "Radical Policy Rethinking after COVID-19" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I gave a talk on sustainable transport as part of Policy Scotland's "Radical Policy Rethinking after COVID-19" webinar. The event took place as part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://policyscotland.gla.ac.uk/event/radical-policy-rethinking-after-covid-19-part-of-esrcs-festiv...
 
Description Invited talk at the University of Seoul (Introduction to Urban Big Data Centre and transport case studies) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an invited talk at the University of Seoul. About 20 people attended webinar. Due to the pandemic restriction, only 7 people attended in person and others joined through the Internet. In the presentation, I introduced Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow and some transport case studies. The University of Seoul has just established big data centre and, we talked about future collaborations briefly after the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHBzK_ZO1i4&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Invited talk by Co-I Dr Konstantinos Ampountolas: A Sociotechnical Systems Approach for Energy-Efficient Mobility in Smart Cities, July 8-9, 2019, Philadelphia, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at Workshop on Control for Networked Transportation Systems (CNTS), July 8 - 9, 2019, Philadelphia, USA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://cnts.isis.vanderbilt.edu/
 
Description Invited talk by Co-I Dr Konstantinos Ampountolas: Workshop on Traffic Flow Modelling and Control, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, Jul 28-29, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at Workshop on Traffic Flow Modelling and Control, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, Jul 28-29, 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talk in Shenzhen University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A invited talk to introduce Urban Analytics programme and Research activities in UBDC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited talk in the Alan Turing Institute Urban Analytics Programme Collaborative Workshop: Building a future for the urban analytics blueprint 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Day 1 and 2 (16 and 17 October) form the core of the "Building a Future" event. In these two days, we expect attendees from a variety of institutions and career stages to come together to review, revise, and improve our Urban Analytics programme vision statement & strategic plan. This will mainly be oriented around short research talks, breakout sessions to discuss and critique the vision statement, collaborative writing to improve the statement, and networking events to foster introduce and connect workshop participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.turing.ac.uk/events/building-future-urban-analytics-blueprint
 
Description Invited talk in the Alan Turing Institute Urban Analytics Programme Collaborative Workshop: Towards Urban Analytics 2.0 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Lighting talk has been given for the Turing workshop and it represents a strong interest for Glasgow to be part of the Turing agenda in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.turing.ac.uk/events/towards-urban-analytics-20
 
Description Keynote Address, by Prof Mike Osborne, 'Learning for global health in cities, community resilience and the strengthening of learning cities'. 5th UNESCO Learning Cities International Conference, Joensu, Republic of Korea 
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 Keynote Address, by Prof Mike Osborne, 'Learning for global health in cities, community resilience and the strengthening of learning cities'. 5th UNESCO Learning Cities International Conference, Joensu, Republic of Korea, 28 October 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Keynote Address, by Prof Mike Osborne, on Learning cities - Governance and Networking, 'Ulsan International Forum on Lifelong Learning', Republic of Korea 
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 Keynote Address, by Prof Mike Osborne, on Learning cities - Governance and Networking. Given at the 'Ulsan International Forum on Lifelong Learning', Republic of Korea, 30 November 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Learning Cities in a Global Context: Presentation by Prof Mike Osborne to 23rd ASEF (Asia Europe Foundation) 'Summer University on Sustainable Cities' 
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 Learning Cities in a Global Context: Presentation by Prof Mike Osborne to 23rd ASEF (Asia Europe Foundation) 'Summer University on Sustainable Cities', 15 October 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Lifelong Learning, Learning Cities and Smart Cities 
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's Professor Mike Osborne took part in a panel session on 'insights on learning and training for livable cities' at this Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) webinar on the 2nd of December 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/lifelong-learning-learnin...
 
Description Local Gov Press Coverage: Data sharing 'crucial' to how councils managed pandemic, study reveals 
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 Loca Gov's press coverage of the Scottish Local Government & Data during Covid-19. Professor Simon Joss and Dr Justine Gangneux carried out an in-depth analysis of data engagements between autumn 2020 and spring 2021. A total of 31 out of the 32 Scottish local authorities were surveyed along with focus groups including NHS Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Government, and several third sector (voluntary) organisations. The survey found that 83% of respondents stated that there was an increase in internal data sharing during COVID-19, 79% indicated the use of new data sources, and 74% confirmed increased data collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.localgov.co.uk/Data-sharing-crucial-to-how-councils-managed-pandemic-study-reveals/52388
 
Description Making data readable - dashboards, information visualisation and accessible evidence (UBDC Webinar) 
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 Through a series of invited talks - including internal UBDC speakers and a contribution from Public Health Scotland - participants learned how to most effectively capture or share information needs and align these with available data and appropriate methods of information presentation. The session also covered practical aspects of producing attractive, accessible, and interactive dashboards and data platforms.

The session was adminsistered on Zoom with participants also joining via YouTube. Around one hundred attendees participated across the platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/making-data-readable...
 
Description MoHeap 2021: Virtual Workshop on Mobility, Health, and Place, University of Zurich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact This is an online webinar and I presented our recent research about "Understanding the interaction between human activities and physical health under extreme heat environment in Phoenix, Arizona."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://sites.google.com/view/moheap/home?authuser=0
 
Description Mobile Phone and Social Media Data for Human-Nature Research 22/07/21 
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 session, lead by Michael Sinclair aims to provide a venue for studies that use social media and mobile phone data for the assessment of human-nature interactions and preferences towards the natural environment. It will contain six state-of-the-art papers describing recent applications of big data to understand human-nature interactions. The session is split into two sections. The first will showcase three applications of social media data, the second, three applications of mobile phone data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/mobile-phone-and-social-...
 
Description NERC Constructing a Digital Environment Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The workshops aim to bring together the 'digital environment' community, including (but not limited to) environmental science, computer science, informatics, statistics, social science, data science, policymakers and members of industry, and follows on from the first workshop held in Manchester earlier in 2019.

The workshops will include presentations from the NERC Digital Environment Team and the Constructing a Digital Environment Champions Ron Corstanje and Steve Hallett and other project partners. The days will primarily focus on networking and discussions around specific digital environment themes ahead of a future funding opportunity.

The themes discussed will be suggested by participants via a well-sorted.org study for which participants will be sent a link within three days of expressing interest. Each participant will need to fill out a response to a key question which will feed in to the workshop content. The responses will be grouped together to establish our discussion sessions. Please note that within three days of your EoI you will receive an email from us containing a link to the relevant Well Sorted study. If you have not received it, please check your junk/spam folder.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://nerc.ukri.org/innovation/activities/environmentaldata/digitalenv/news/workshops/
 
Description New ways of engaging during lockdown: turning to the digital at different costs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This built on our UNESCO briefing paper, and gained great coverage through UNESCO Learning Cities links, leading to a webinar jointly with UNESCO and PASCAL International Observatory on learning inclusion in cities (July 8th 2020).

Bog identifies vulnerabilities and policy recommendations, and begins:
"For those of us familiar with these tools, the lockdown due to the global spread of COVID-19 has meant that we have intensified many of our online activities. The digital possibilities of staying together, staying in touch and staying on top of the current situations, whilst physically distant, have become the main avenue for coping with the current situation. However, as critics have begun to point out, the turn to the digital is not the great equalizer and we are certainly not 'all in this together' equally, because access, skills and participation for the digital world is neither evenly distributed, nor open to all."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/may/new-ways-of-engaging-during-lockdown/
 
Description ONS and Cabinet Office: Mobile Data Order Group 08/07/21 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Nick Bailey was invited to attend a meeting convened by ONS and Cabinet Office, titled 'Mobile Data Order Group', which was held on the 8th of July 2021. The group discussed their plans to put together a coordinated bid to buy mobile data for UK Government use. Nick gave a talk on the possible academic interests and reported on the work that UBDC has been doing with Glasgow City Council. It was agreed that UBDC will give a formal presentation of their work at a forthcoming meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online meeting with WCS NRB members 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact First online meeting with WC?S National Representative Body members to discuss our work on the health of care experienced children and young people. This was a small group discussion with formerly care experienced people. we introduced our project and some early results by sharing an infographic. We discussed the work and hear feedback and questions from NRB members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Open Data and Data Literacy Roundtable Meeting (Scottish Government) 
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 Andrew McHugh attended an Open Data and Data Literacy Round Table Meeting hosted by the Scottish Government and chaired by Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician & Data Officer, Scottish Government

On 31 January 2019, Scotland's Scotland's Open Government Action Plan 2018-2020 was launched. This contains a series of detailed commitments. One of these commitments is to improve the way information and data are used, in particular around developing data literacy within Scottish society. We recognise that giving greater access to information alone is not sufficient. The ability to find and filter databases and datasets, identify and isolate noteworthy information from raw data, and turn this into insights to inform decision making all remain out of reach for most citizens. Thus, data literacy must be developed in order to foster citizen empowerment through the use of data.

Aims of this round table meeting were:

• To scope out, identify and seek agreement on what the Scottish Government and its partners can do to tackle the issues of data literacy.

• To secure agreements from delegates about what can be achieved in the context of Scotland's Open Government Action Plan and how we can measure success in an sustainable manner.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-data-and-data-literacy-roundtable-meeting-tickets-58283588783#
 
Description PASCAL Stimulus Paper: Promoting mental health and well-being in EcCoWell2 communities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Co-authored by Peter Kearns and Catherine Lido, this is the second stimulus paper for the PASCAL EcCoWell 2 Community Recovery Program is now available. This is on "Mental health and well-being", and included an online webinar for disucssion, leader to a larger UNESCO-PASCAL webinar in Nov.

The impact of COVID-19 has led to an increase in anxiety, depression, and other forms of mental illness. While this is one of the most devastating impacts of the pandemic, there had been growing concern about the rising tide of mental illness before the pandemic.

The World Health Organisation in 2008 estimated in 2008 that depression will be the number one health concern in both developed and developing countries by 2030. A national inquiry established in Australia has released its draft report and will shortly pass its final report to the Australian Government.

The attached paper builds on some steps already taken by PASCAL and suggests further action. This subject merits extensive discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://pascalobservatory.org/pascalnow/pascal-activities/news/promoting-mental-health-and-well-being...
 
Description Participated in a workshop on the development of Glasgow City Council's new transport strategy 
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 Glasgow City Council convened a workshop to aid in the development of the city's new strategic transport plan. Many of the group's members are council employees and I was invited as an external expert. The workshop lasted for two and half hours. I participated in discussions about what factors are likely to drive travel demand over the next decade.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Participated in one of Glasgow City Council's Open Data & Innovation Working Group meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participated in discussions regarding Glasgow City Council's open data strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Participation in external engagement at DemoFest 2019 (Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance) 
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 Attendance as an exhibiting partner at the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) DemoFest 2019 event. This is an annual knowledge exchange event, aimed at bringing together researchers in data science and the computational sciences and industry, public sector and governmental bodies. Representatives from the Urban Big Data Centre attended a keynote from the Head of Data and AI at InnovateUK and demonstrated the work of the Urban Big Data Centre throughout the exhibition. The activity was aimed at raising the profile of the Centre among the aforementioned groups and led to a number of discussions with potential collaborators.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Policy Scotland Research & KE document: COVID-19 AND FOOD TRAIN - MORE FOOD SECURITY, KINDNESS AND DEDICATION TO VULNERABLE OLDER PEOPLE AT HOME 
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 This stemmed from a blog and news coverage and led to fulfilling a call form Scottish Goverment Policy for 'research and knowledge exchange' documents, it described findings from our UofG-Food Train partnership project, led by Kate Reid and myself, making direct goverment policy recommendations (below).
"In these unprecedented times of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many organisations in the third sector are occupying a frontline role in supporting the needs of vulnerable older people who face the greatest risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19. During this crisis our registered charity and social enterprise, Food Train has stepped up to meet this challenge. With the aid of a new wave of volunteers and with the support of emergency Scottish Government funding, Food Train has rapidly expanded and re-designed its services to support older people to ensure that they are food secure and socially connected at home." And concludes:
Based on our experience at the frontline supporting food-insecure older people in Scotland, we recommend that policymakers:

urgently make these vital services available for all older people of Scotland - particularly for those who are already vulnerable, isolated and marginalised
securely resource these services in terms of core funding and secure career pathways for staff
recognise and harness the critical role of volunteers and look to ways to formalise this role to ensure we can react and expand quickly if we ever meet these acute challenges again
make the conversations about under-eating, unintentional weight loss as well as malnutrition visible as a public health discourse and challenge perceptions of weight loss and frailty as part of a normal process of ageing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://policyscotland.gla.ac.uk/covid-19-and-food-train-more-food-security-kindness-and-dedication-...
 
Description Policy Scotland Research and KE Briefing: ATTAINMENT AND DISADVANTAGE IN SCOTLAND'S SCHOOLS: WHAT MAY THE IMPACT OF LOCKDOWN BE? RESEARCH AND POLICY BRIEFING 
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 This Scottish Government Policy Briefing garnered much discussion amongst schools and policy-makers, leading to some governmental backlash and media coverage.
Our UBD PGR Barry Black, postgraduate researcher, University of Glasgow School of Social and Political Sciences, wrote:

School campus closures have affected just over a million pupils in Scotland. While learning has continued, there is a recognition that the current environment will have an impact on the attainment of all pupils, but particularly the most disadvantaged. Scotland entered this crisis with a significant and stubborn poverty-related attainment gap, a product of wider socio-economic inequalities. Inequalities already proving to be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The question then for policymakers is Will the public health measures implemented to stem the transmission of the virus negatively impact on the existing educational inequalities among Scottish pupils?

This question is particularly important as young people return to school on 11th August with a dual online/in-class curriculum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://policyscotland.gla.ac.uk/attainment-and-disadvantage-in-scotlands-schools-the-impact-of-lock...
 
Description Practical approaches for web scraping for research - using Airbnb as an example data provider 
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 Referencing UBDC's project and open-source software platform to scrape short-term-let data from Airbnb, this webinar provided practical guidance on how researchers, technologists and data scientists can approach web scraping, from the selection of online sources to the planning, conceptualisation, governance, risk management and implementation of technical approaches.

Participants received practical training and code examples, developing an understanding not only of how scraping works but also how to systematise approaches to scale up data collection while avoiding common pitfalls.

Throughout the session, a series of practical examples covered data scraping using UBDC's established scraping method from Airbnb's online platform.

Session format
The webinar included a series of short talks. These punctuated the main content of the webinar - a sequence of practical demonstrations with UBDC's web scraping platform being introduced, installed, configured and deployed.

Following completion of this webinar attendees were able to:

-Describe and latterly recreate within their own environment the installation, configuration and deployment of UBDC's open-source web scraping platform
-Explain what web scraping means and describe the variety of approaches available
-Outline the legal, ethical and data governance issues that must be considered when designing a web scraping project (including coverage of relevant intellectual property, c-contract and privacy law)
-Summarise limitations on data use and sharing
-Identify and select appropriate datasets for web scraping
-Explain what an API (Application Programming Interface) is and query APIs to retrieve data
-Explain how to negotiate technical barriers to scraping (including managing call limits and avoiding blacklisting)
-Systematise, scale and optimise approaches, including planning for wide geographical or temporal data coverage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/practical-approaches-for-...
 
Description Presentation at the TRB conference, Jan 13-17, 2019, Washington DC, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented my work in the TRB conference (The largest International transport conference).
Title: The role of numeracy and financial literacy skills in the relationship between information and communication technology use and travel behaviour (currently under review in Travel Behaviour and Society)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation given at the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) network meeting (D.Brown) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presented work on investigating health outcomes for care experienced children. Was asked to share details of the project, initial findings and challenges with the data linkage. Around 25 SCADR network members (academics, SG, eDRIS) participated, and the presentation generated discussion around networking and future work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation in the SICSA conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr. Saeed Maadi presented our work (CAV simulation by using closed-loop approach) in the interdisciplinary session on 'Developing the Future of Transport' at the SICSA conference on Oct 1st.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation to Data Task Force's Advisory Board 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC mobile data team presented work on the potential of new forms of spatial big data to the Data Task Force Advisory Board.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation to Datafest event organised by Data Lab. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A presentation was given by the study team showcasing early results from our collaboration with Environmental Assets, North Lanarkshire Council. A presentation was also given by Nicole Paterson | Head of Environmental Assets, NLC to the event in which she confirmed the value of the research to her department and to the relevant committee in relation to thinking about the distribution of resources to support the environmental amenity of neighbourhoods in the council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Press release for cohort profile paper 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press office and our research team wrote a press release that came out as the Cohort profile paper was published 15.09.2021. The release was picked up by a number of papers and radio stations. Altmetric and news details here https://bmj.altmetric.com/details/113473962/news
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_811017_en.html
 
Description Privacy, Trust and Security in Internet of Things (IOT) (1 - 3, December 2019, Ardoe House Hotel & Spa, Aberdeen, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Varun Raturi presented our work on the impact of privacy regulations on the quality of crowdsourced data (STRAVA).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Prof Mike Osborne as Respondent to Workshop Discussions concerning 'Towards Sustainable Personal and Professional Fulfillment in the new Global Context', 6th WORLD FORUM for Lifelong Learning of the Comité Mondial pour les Apprentissages Tout au Long de la Vie 
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 Prof Mike Osborne as Respondent to Workshop Discussions concerning 'Towards Sustainable Personal and Professional Fulfillment in the new Global Context', 6th WORLD FORUM for Lifelong Learning of the Comité Mondial pour les Apprentissages Tout au Long de la Vie, 2 July 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Published a blog on Glasgow City Council's proposed active travel strategy. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I wrote a blog about Glasgow City Council's proposed Active Travel Strategy and Action Plan, and how the work of the centre can help inform, monitor and evaluate it. Following publication, I was contacted by Alistair McCay from Glasgow City Council who suggested arranging a workshop to discuss development targets and monitoring frameworks for active travel. This is now being arranged.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2021/october/glasgow-s-active-travel-strategy-is-a-step-in-the-right-d...
 
Description Registers of Scotland Open Data Agenda 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UBDC was invited to attend a Registers of Scotland Statistics and Users day, in order to present a case for open day in a general sense, but more specifically to articulate a basis under which Registers of Scotland's data (currently available on a commercial, paid basis only) could be made more openly available. This has led to follow up conversations which are ongoing within which we continue to present the benefits of a more open approach to data availability (particularly for academic audiences). Andrew McHugh presented at the initial event on 26th November 2019.

This overall activity has the opportunity to be extremely impactful - that Registers of Scotland's price paid data is not already open is a point of some contention - the equivalent Land Registry data in England and Wales is available under an Open Government Licence. One result is that the Scottish data has remained fairly inaccessible to academic researchers, due to its prohibitive pricing. UBDC's agreement to facilitate access incurs significant costs, which themselves largely rule out more exploratory work, and impose additional governance burdens in the evaluation of proposals. Open Scottish Land Registry data would be a great enabler to a range of research activities and may be a spark to significant innovation within the property domain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Reviewing Airbnb - using a different metric to measure short-term let activity during lockdown 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a blog using AirBnB reviews to examine the decline in the short term let market
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/june/reviewing-airbnb/
 
Description School visit (University of Seoul: June 13th, 2019 - and KAIST: June 17th, 2019 ) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I was invited a talk and presented my work in UBDC to faculty members and graduate students in both University of Seoul and KAIST. Very positive and strong interests in UBDC and our transport work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Scoping study participation re: Gambling Aware data management 
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 invited to formally consult on The University of Leeds' commissioned study (by Gamble Aware) to assess options and provide recommendations as to how best an independent repository of gambling industry data should be established and maintained - to provide maximum access to data for researchers, benefits to policy-makers and industry, with the appropriate safeguards for consumers and gambling operators.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Scottish Fabians Think Tank Paper: The Challenge of 2020; Education post COVID19 
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 This was requested by a democratic think tank as a discussion paper for their member group, authored by UBDC PGR Barry Black, stemming from his Phd work, it begins:
"Barry Black writes that the focus in education should not be on keeping things 'normal' in this period of crisis because our 'normal' education system was already not working for swathes of young people. We need a new normal."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://scottish.fabians.org.uk/beyond-covid19-next-steps-in-education/
 
Description Scottish Government Consultation event for Academics on Short term lets 
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 I attended this Scottish Government Consultation on Short Term lets, which followed their announcement they would be considering legislation to lesson the impact. I attended the event with two other colleagues from UBDC. As well as the leading civil servants the meeting was attended with 5 other academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://consult.gov.scot/housing-services-policy-unit/short-term-lets/
 
Description Scottish Government consultation on Housing 2040 vision with academics 
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 I attended a Scottish Government academic consultation into their "Housing 2040" document.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://consult.gov.scot/housing-services-policy-unit/housing-to-2040/
 
Description Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance 'SICSA and the Sustainable Society Conference 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nick Bailey gave a presentation titled "Doing Data Science for Sustainable Societies" focusing on the work of the Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow. Established in 2014, the UBDC is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of social scientists and data scientists. It is both a research centre and part of the UK's national data infrastructure. From our efforts over the last six years, we have amassed a wide experience in the challenges of delivering research and analysis to support policies for Sustainable Societies. This presentation reflects on that experience and, in particular, the many challenges in doing effective, impactful urban data science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://sicsaconference.org/conference-sessions/
 
Description Scottish Local Government during COVID-19: Report launch 27/05/21 
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 Professor Simon Joss and Dr Justine Gangneux presented the launch of the Scottish Local Government during COVID-19 report, highlighting the findings of a six-month research project on Scottish local authorities' data engagement conducted by the Urban Big Data Centre, which took place on the 27 May 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkqL92bBTTg
 
Description Scottish Local Government: Data Practices during COVID-19 
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 Stakeholder dissemination & discussion event. Reporting of project findings / launch of publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/research/research-projects/urban-governance/scottish-local-government-during-c...
 
Description Scottish Power Energy Networks Exploration Day 
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 c. 30 attendees, a mix of UBDC and University of Glasgow academic and data staff and Scottish Power Energy Network senior staff and data practitioners met to explore three main challenges:

- Data Strategy Development
- Predicting and managing demand for infrastructure constraints
- New datasets to support the movement to net zero

These led to proposals for further work and ongoing collaborative engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Series of tutorial films on collaborations between Universities and Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We have produced a series of short tutorial videos highlighting the benefits of identifying opportunities for collaboration between academic researchers and local authorities on projects that utilise urban data. These presentations were recorded and produced as a result of a UBDC organised workshop in March 2020 on "Effective Models for Data-driven Collaborations Between Universities and Government". We have produced this series off films to extend the reach and impact of the event and they are freely available to view on the UBDC web site and YouTube channel. The films give real-world examples of collaborations between researchers and local authorities and provide detailed insight into building successful collaborative partnerships.

The films include:
An overview of the series;
An overview of UBDC/Glasgow City Council CCTV collaboration;
An overview of UBDC/North Lanarkshire Council collaboration; and
Building experiences with Government data-owners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/online-learning/online-tutorials/working-with-government...
 
Description Smart Cities: Securing Innovation Through Better Data Sharing (organised by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation) 
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 Dr Justine Gangneux took part in the CDEI panel discussion at Leeds Digital Festival on the 28th of September 2021. The group discussed better sharing of smart cities data, whether it is held by public or private bodies, has the potential to spur local innovation, create efficiencies for local government and crucially improve services for residents. But how do we address existing challenges while also innovating in an ethical and trustworthy way? Throughout the pandemic, the CDEI has been working in partnership with local authorities, including Bristol City Council and Great Manchester Combined Authority, to help them maximise the benefits of data and data-driven tech by building trustworthy governance that earns the confidence of citizens over the long term.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://leedsdigitalfestival.org/
 
Description Spatial Signatures: understanding (urban) spaces through form and function 
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 Research Seminar on "Spatial Signatures: understanding (urban) spaces through form and function", presented by guest speaker Dr Arribas-Bel, senior lecturer in Geographic Data Science at the Department of Geography and Planning of the University of Liverpool.

This seminar introduced the notion of "spatial signatures", a characterisation of space based on form and function designed to understand urban environments. How the building blocks that make up cities are spatially arranged influences social, economic and environmental outcomes.

The talk attracted a global audience, sparking interesting discussion. This was the first UBDC Research Seminar that has been opened up to an external audience and it attracted delegates from across the globe and from a wide range of sectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/spatial-signatures-r...
 
Description Support Development Action Plan with Digital Office's Data Tasforce 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Series of meetings with the Digital Office's Data Taskforce to discuss and support the development of an Action Plan drawing on the 15 policy and practice recommendations highlighted in the project report (Scottish Local Government during COVID-19: data needs, capabilities, and uses).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
 
Description Taking the Carbon Out of Transport: How might data help us? 
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 Dr David McArthur, Associate Director for Training and Capacity Building at UBDC and Senior Lecturer in Transport Studies at the University of Glasgow, and Rafael Verduzco, PhD Researcher, delivered a keynote at this event to celebrate 10 years of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science on the 4th November 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/taking-the-carbon-out-of-...
 
Description The Academy of Urbanism Coffee Break 20/05/21 
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 for Training and Capacity Building at UBDC and Senior Lecturer in Transport Studies at the University of Glasgow, gave a presentation on 'The Academy of Urbanism Coffee Break' outlining some of UBDC's work using CCTV cameras in Glasgow to derive pedestrian counts and also some of the planned applications of the data on the 20/05/21.
These sessions are hosted and organised by a group of Young Urbanists in Scotland and are open to all. If you have never been to an AoU event before, or are thinking about joining, you are welcome to join the discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/the-academy-of-urban...
 
Description The Effects of the Lockdown on Traffic in Glasgow 16.04.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Jinhyun Hong wrote a blog with regard to the restrictions on mobility during lockdown, which led to clear reductions in traffic volume in all cities across the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/the-effects-of-the-lockdown-on-traffic-in-glasgow/
 
Description The Scottish Qualifications Authority's 2020 Alternative Certification Model - The Deprivation Impact 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this blog is not to rehash the controversy surrounding this year's Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) results day. It is to explain the context behind the decision-making, the implications of results in terms of inequalities, and the broader consequences for the Scottish education system. To do this, Barry Black draws upon Free Schools Meals data gathered as part of his PhD research, alongside recently available secondary SQA data (obtained from Freedom of Information requests). Barry does this to illustrate what the real-world implications of results day were, and might have remained, had these moderated results not been withdrawn.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/october/the-sqa-s-2020-alternative-certification-model-the-dep...
 
Description The World News Press Coverage: Pandemic spurs city data innovation in Scotland Today - Connecting the world's urban leaders 
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 The World News press coverage of the Scottish Local Government & Data during Covid-19. Professor Simon Joss and Dr Justine Gangneux carried out an in-depth analysis of data engagements between autumn 2020 and spring 2021. A total of 31 out of the 32 Scottish local authorities were surveyed along with focus groups including NHS Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Government, and several third sector (voluntary) organisations. The survey found that 83% of respondents stated that there was an increase in internal data sharing during COVID-19, 79% indicated the use of new data sources, and 74% confirmed increased data collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://theworldnews.net/gb-news/pandemic-spurs-city-data-innovation-in-scotland-today-connecting-th...
 
Description The impact of coronavirus on education - for children and parents 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a news article in The National (Scottish) newspaper.
It stemmed from my personal experience as a mother but links to our work on eduational inequalities.
It begins:
"THIS August, Catherine Lido's five-year-old will undertake that familiar rite of passage - his first day of primary one. Some of the rituals will be the same - putting on the new uniform, packing up the school bag, the parade of pictures on Facebook timelines up and down the country. But this year much will be very different.

Last Thursday the anticipated date for the return of schools on August 11 was announced as part of Scotland's road map through and out of the coronavirus crisis. A strategic framework for reopening schools was published simultaneously."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.thenational.scot/news/18471650.impact-coronavirus-education---children-parents/
 
Description Tracking Lockdown, Supporting Recovery: The Potential and the Pitfalls of Big Data 01.05.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Bailey has written a blog on the Government's response to the COVID-19 crisis is being influenced by a wealth of data, including novel analyses using new forms of data. Downing Street briefings illustrate the potential of big data to provide timely information to guide public policy. But they also underline the pitfalls of relying on statistics where we have no control over their production. In this blog, Nick Bailey argues that we need a stronger public infrastructure to support policymakers at this critical time and highlights how the Urban Big Data Centre is contributing to this challenge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/may/tracking-lockdown-supporting-recovery-the-potential-and-th...
 
Description UBDC DataFest Fringe Event: Effective Models for Data-Driven Collaborations between Universities and Government 
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 organised this workshop as part of The Data Lab's annual DataFest - a two-week festival across Scotland focussing on Data Innovation. Approximately 30 delegates attended, from Local Government, Third-Sector, Academia and Business. The event aimed to explore and identify opportunities for data-driven collaborations between academia and Government. The event featured specific case studies about successful collaborations between UBDC and local Government bodies, including Glasgow City Council and North Lanarkshire Council. Following the talks, delegates were involved in a range of interactive exercises which examined the key issues around developing collaborations between academia and Government. The event proved to be very successful, facilitating much discussion. The event was also effective as a profile-raising exercise for UBDC, introducing the work of the Centre and some examples of its successful collaborations to a range of new contacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2020/effective-models-for...
 
Description UBDC Research Seminar: Research at the Urban Analytics Lab at the National University of Singapore 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Filip Biljecki - Assistant Professor in Geoinformatics at the National University of Singapore gave a presentation on the overview activities of the NUS Urban Analytics Lab, a multidisciplinary research group established by Dr Filip Biljecki, focusing on urban data science and 3D city modelling. The Lab is spearheading research lines such as new means to generate and analyse high-resolution data of the urban form and developing novel instruments to assess and support urban sustainability. For example, the group recently developed the first open registry of sustainable rooftops around the world, which will be presented in this talk UBDC research seminar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2022/research-at-the-urban-ana...
 
Description UBDC Training Webinar: Introduction to Geospatial Analysis Using Python Tools and Adzuna Data 03/06/2021 
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 In this training webinar, the Adzuna dataset will be used to demonstrate how to perform typical GIS tasks in the Python environment.

Following on from the Introduction to Adzuna job market data webinar, which took place on 25th May, this session will cover how to read and write spatial data, perform a simple geospatial analysis, create map and cartographic visualisations using GeoPandas and other Python geospatial libraries.

Webinar link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhQe_Kpoaks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/introduction-to-geos...
 
Description UBDC Training Webinar: Practical Approaches for Web Scraping for Research - Using Airbnb as an Example Data Provider 22/06/21 
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 Referencing UBDC's project and open-source software platform to scrape short-term-let data from Airbnb, this webinar provides practical guidance on how researchers, technologists and data scientists can approach web scraping, from the selection of online sources to the planning, conceptualisation, governance, risk management and implementation of technical approaches.

Participants will receive practical training and code examples, developing an understanding not only of how scraping works but also how to systematise approaches to scale up data collection while avoiding common pitfalls.

Throughout the session, a series of practical examples will cover data scraping using UBDC's established scraping method from Airbnb's online platform.

Session format: The webinar included a series of short talks. These punctuated the main content of the webinar - a sequence of practical demonstrations with UBDC's web scraping platform being introduced, installed, configured and deployed. Following completion of this webinar attendees were able to: -Describe and latterly recreate within their own environment the installation, configuration and deployment of UBDC's open-source web scraping platform -Explain what web scraping means and describe the variety of approaches available -Outline the legal, ethical and data governance issues that must be considered when designing a web scraping project (including coverage of relevant intellectual property, c-contract and privacy law) -Summarise limitations on data use and sharing -Identify and select appropriate datasets for web scraping -Explain what an API (Application Programming Interface) is and query APIs to retrieve data -Explain how to negotiate technical barriers to scraping (including managing call limits and avoiding blacklisting) -Systematise, scale and optimise approaches, including planning for wide geographical or temporal data coverage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/practical-approaches...
 
Description UBDC Training Webinar: Using Daily Airbnb Web Scraped Data to Provide Spatial and Temporal Understanding of Short-Term Lets Activity 24/06/2021 
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 In this training webinar, led by Dr Yang Wang and Dr Mark Livingston we introduced using daily Airbnb web scraped data to provide spatial and temporal understanding of short-term lets activity.

http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/media/2227/using-airbnb-web-scraped-data-webinar-240621.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ubdc.ac.uk/media/2227/using-airbnb-web-scraped-data-webinar-240621.pdf
 
Description UBDC Webinar: Triangulating Novel Mixed-Method Educational Data to Develop Effective, Evidence-Based Policy 28.09.21 
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 Members of UBDC/School of Education's Educational Disadvantage & Place (ED&P) research group presented a webinar to over 20 participants on the use of data triangulation to create research impact for knowledge exchange and policy change. The webinar session illustrated how the ED&P group have employed a spectrum of complementary quantitative and qualitative methods to address educational inequalities, to inform the development of more effective policy solutions to the educational attainment gaps at all stages of life-long/life-wide education in Scotland and elsewhere. Our research involves multiple, large, diverse and/or novel linked datasets, facilitating the use of mixed-method approaches such as: 1) Novel data linkages 2) Multivariate regression 3) GIS mapping 4) Searchable Twitter dashboards 5) Lived experience interviews These were demonstrated with reference to three projects with demonstrable impact in academic, media and government policy domains: 1) Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) as applied to adult learning and greenspace in Learning Cities 2) Gendered Journeys in Higher Education (inequalities in STEM) 3) Social enterprise partnerships (Food Train for older adults) The use of these diverse data strands illustrates the value of holistic and integrated solutions to Learning City issues and urban inequalities. In a subsequent discussion, participants engaged in exploring how policy briefs and social media coverage of their research could be developed to ensure it had great impact. Participants expressed their satisfaction with the thought-provoking content of the webinar and felt that the ideas would inform their work in future.

Link to webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuVLVmVGJyA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/triangulating-novel-mixed...
 
Description UNESCO- UIL/PASCAL webinar: The challenge of measurement, planning and evaluation in learning cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The July 8th 2020 UNESCO UIL- PASCAL webinar was hosted by Catherine Lido and addressed Learning City Metrics and the work of UBDC in operationalising these (iMCD)
The June webinar was faciliated by Prof Mike Osborne (also of UBD).

About this webinar series generally
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated that cities' resilience is key to tackling crisis situations. Learning cities such as those engaged in the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities need to be able to cushion shocks and persistent structural changes in such a way that learning continues, the well-being of citizens is preserved and no one is left behind. But how are resilient learning cities built?

Taking stock of the previous and ongoing webinar series UNESCO Learning Cities' response to COVID-19, this new webinar cycle will address this question by highlighting challenging aspects of learning city development, drawing on recent research and development. Starting on 17 June 2020, five webinars will focus on topics such as inclusion, learning outcomes measurement, planning and evaluation, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), education for sustainable development and learning for health and well-being.

The webinar series will demonstrate the practical application of successful approaches in learning cities to address the above issues by offering a conceptual and analytical dialogue. In so doing, the intention is to build learning cities' capacity to take forward their own responses and approaches to the challenges they face.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/upcoming-events/uilpascal-webinar/
 
Description UNESCO/PASCAL Observatory Webinar 'Learning Cities' COVID-19 recovery: from research to practice - The challenge of inclusion 17/06/20 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mick Osborne, gave a presentation at the UNESCO/PASCAL Observatory Webinar 'Learning Cities' COVID-19 recovery: from research to practice - The challenge of measurement, planning, and evaluation on the 17th June 2020.



Link to summary: https://uil.unesco.org/lifelong-learning/learning-cities/unescopascal-observatory-webinar-learning-cities-covid-19-recovery
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6_zxWuFVO4
 
Description UNESCO/PASCAL Observatory Webinar 'Learning Cities' COVID-19 recovery: from research to practice The challenge of measurement, planning and evaluation 08/07/20 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Catherine Lido hosted the UNESCO/PASCAL Observatory Webinar titled 'Learning Cities' COVID-19 recovery: from research to practice - The challenge of measurement, planning and evaluation, on the 8th July 2020.

Link to summary: https://uil.unesco.org/lifelong-learning/learning-cities/unescopascal-observatory-webinar-learning-cities-covid-19-0
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7ofcl5YEfw&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Understanding Urban Mobility During the Pandemic 27/05/21 
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 colleagues gave presentations on a range of areas of work to capture urban mobility using new forms of data on the 27th of May 2021. The pandemic has brought an unparalleled focus on mobility in urban areas. Initially, the interest was in compliance with social distancing measures, then later in understanding transmission risks for the virus and guiding policies on easing restrictions. Looking ahead, the interest is shifting again to using mobility to provide rapid feedback on how cities are recovering - which areas and which activities bounce back, and which do not. Longer-term, a better understanding of mobility will be key to achieving more sustainable urban forms.

Capturing mobility using conventional research methods is challenging. Big data from sensors and apps offers great potential but also many challenges. There are technical challenges in managing and analysing the volumes of data involved. At least as important, however, are the socio-legal challenges of securing access to data and the privacy issues raised by high precision locational information. And there are important ethical issues about the representativeness of different sources - whose activities, demands or perspectives are captured or amplified, and whose are omitted or marginalized. A number of private firms have provided public access to data and analyses, with Google and Apple offering near-global coverage for example, but we are unable to scrutinise or validate their methods and there is no guarantee of continuity. Valuable as these sources may be in the short term, they are not a substitute for a more public data infrastructure.

This seminar, therefore, looks at a number of alternative approaches which have been employed over the last year to capture different aspects of mobility using big data. It reports on several strands of work conducted by the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) as well as work in the US using large-scale access to mobile phone data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/understanding-urban-...
 
Description Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Glasgow City Region Economy - gauging impacts through big data? 06.05.2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog on understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on the Glasgow City Region economy - gauging impacts through big data? In this blog, which is reposted from the Policy Scotland website, Dr David Waite from Policy Scotland and UBDC's Dr David McArthur examine the economic impacts of COVID-19 in the Glasgow City Region & explore the potential for using local big data to fill the gaps in our understanding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/may/understanding-the-impacts-of-covid-19-on-the-glasgow-city-...
 
Description University of Glasgow, School of Education 2021 Webinar- Adult Learning and Youth Transitions 
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 was the third of five open impactful webinars that focus on key issues in educational research. The focus of this webinar is on the impact of learning opportunities on the life courses of young and older adults, including those most vulnerable in labour markets and at risk of social exclusion. Further details can be found below, although the video and summary are to-be published. UBDC's contribution was via its collaboration with the EPSRC-funded Inclusion Matters projects VisNET and eBASE, both represented on the panel, and the diverse data methods used to demonstrate widening inequalities in academic STEM- in this instance using SNAS, Motivational Interviews and Digital Footprints of Early Career women in Engineering and Tech.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://cradall.org/content/school-education-2021-webinar-series-adult-learning-and-youth-transitions
 
Description University of Glasgow, School of Education 2021 Webinar- Urban and Place Based Learning 
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 Full report link below, excerpt of the webinar/ workshop event summary as follows as regars UBD contribution:
Urban Big Data Centre
Professor Catherine Lido, Associate Director and Dr Phil Mason, Research Fellow in the Urban Big Data Centre funded by the ESRC, spoke about the workstream of the centre that uses big and novel data to meet social challenges related to educational disadvantage and place. Following an overview of the objectives of this strand of work, they outlined this work as it pertained to secondary, vocational and higher education, and to learning cities. They described a particular piece of work, the Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) Project, and its use of novel methodologies, such as travel diaries, GPS, lifelogging cameras and social media capture. They continued with an example of follow-on work with families in the field of lifewide literacies, and an example of rapid-response work related to COVID-19 undertaken by a PhD student, Barry Black.

Full contribution excerpt:
Dr Muir Houston, Deputy Director of CR&DALL opened the webinar and provided an overview of logistics for the 80+ delegates and panellists. Professor Michael Osborne, Director of Research in the School of Education, began formal proceedings and introduced Professor Margery McMahon, Head of School, who welcomed delegates. Professor Osborne then explained that in this webinar with its theme of Urban and Place Based Learning, we would be hearing from representatives of four of the school's major projects in this area, some very local to the city of Glasgow and others that involved cities and neighbourhoods in the global south.... focus on cities reflects rapid and accelerating urbanisation, and the associated challenges of poverty, crime, environmental risks, poor health and inequitable access to learning. He suggested that a recognition that learning, living productive lives and inclusion are intimately connected requires localised initiatives and joined-up policy initiatives that recognise the heterogeneity of cities. As a result, some of the place-based initiatives presented within the webinar would focus on neighbourhoods. He pointed out the special nature of the day with the inauguration of the new President of the United States, who wife, the First Lady, Dr Jill Biden, is a teacher with a doctorate in Education. This provides for us some hope that things can change, and it was also important to note that a few days it would be UNESCO International Day of Education on 24 January.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://w.cradall.org/content/school-education-2021-webinar-series-report-%E2%80%93-urban-and-place-b...
 
Description Unleashing the 'new normal' in Scottish schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was blog developed for and pushed out by UBDC, based on the work of our PGR Black, co-authored by myself Catherine Lido. You will see it led to media coverage and pick up by Scottish Gov. and Teacher Education Scotland.
"Reflections from the field- Before the school closures, I had been conducting my PhD fieldwork in several secondary schools in the Greater Glasgow area. I have spoken one-on-one with around one hundred pupils about their aspirations, their interests and their subject choices.

Before this fieldwork, I worked in education policy and spent a year doing desk research into our education system. I feel very lucky to have been able to contribute to our national debate through a time of change in Scottish education. The issues that have been the focus of the education debate have very real implications for pupils, teachers and the wider population. The issue of narrowing subject choice has implications for young peoples' futures and other vital decisions, such as resource allocation and teacher numbers. This, along with spending cuts at a time of change, inevitably impacts upon learning and attainment, ultimately impacting most upon those at the 'wrong' end of Scotland's stubborn poverty-related attainment gap.

The focus of my research is really to understand more about how young people in Scotland negotiate the influences upon them when making their choices. Ultimately to see whether the Curriculum for Excellence and initiatives such as Developing the Young Workforce have introduced the change they sought to.

Are Scottish schools 'failing'?
Whether from my desk at the Scottish Parliament or from The University of Glasgow, the impression I had formed was that Scottish schools - through no fault of their own - were 'tired' institutions and that young people were being let down by an education system struggling to implement the structural changes designed years ago.

Whilst not downplaying the very real issues within our schools, my experience of being at the 'coalface' has challenged these preconceptions. The discourse of 'failing' Scottish schools was far away from the reality of what I saw. Over these past few months, I have witnessed a dynamic, vibrant, innovative and exciting system, packed full of professionals striving to do their very best by every young person.

The issues relevant to my PhD study are of course evident, but the solutions being implemented are as well. I have observed many different curricular models aiming to ensure that young people can not only take as many subjects as possible but also take the specific subjects of their choosing. For example, in one school I sampled, the shared campus arrangements with other local schools were vast, bordering on a communal senior phase timetable. Some were even teaching a handful of advanced higher pupils through extra sessions and blended online learning. Indeed, as online learning has been forced to the forefront of education, it is unlikely to disappear as we phase back into the classroom. Innovative routes of co-designing courses already exist, and such best practice needs to be shared and expanded.

I have undertaken research in a diverse range of schools including those with staggering levels of deprivation. One of those is tailoring individual employment plans for every pupil, ensuring a positive pathway upon leaving education. Often such best practice is driven mainly by teachers in a bottom-up grassroots push, and in one Higher Accounts class alone, a school had four S5 pupils already accepted into modern apprenticeships. Every pupil leaving in S4 I spoke to from this particular school had a job, college place or apprenticeship to take up after summer. Due largely to their employability focus, this was the school whose pupils demonstrated the most understanding of how subject choice links to career aspirations.

I have also visited some of the most affluent parts of this region, where the extra-curricular offer was wider than in other areas and often aimed at bolstering university applications. Such activities included peer-to-peer learning, leadership courses and debate clubs. Contrary to preconceptions that such schools only focus on STEM and university places, there was a thriving uptake of the arts and humanities, but also strong input from employers with modern apprenticeship pathways on offer.

Perhaps the most notable challenge to my preconceptions were the young people themselves. No matter their social background, interest or level of educational attainment, every young person I spoke with rightly had high levels of aspirations for themselves. Surprising to me was how well they were informed and aware of the steps needed, and subjects required, for their aspirational pathways - particularly what study and experience it would take to get there. They understood - more so I think than when I was at school nearly a decade ago - the challenges they had ahead and the work it would take to achieve. Every school I engaged with, and every member of staff I spoke with, were determined to make sure the young people were equipped with tools - inside and outside the classroom - to achieve their educational and professional goals.

What does the future hold for Scottish schools, post-pandemic?
The issues of inequality and narrowing subject choice and implications for future destination are real. They deserve scrutiny and debate and are worthy of robust research. The ongoing problems researchers are discovering and highlighting deserve the strongest of responses so that the education system can work as effectively as it can for all. However, the experience on the ground must be acknowledged; in times of depleted funding and teaching resources, best practice can emerge. Aspirations, perceptions-of-self and effective signposting can, and are, driven in individual classrooms and schools.

Over the past two years of researching educational short-comings, and sometimes downright failings in the Scottish education system, I have perhaps become a cynic regarding the trajectory of developments. What has become clear to me, however, is that the 'kids are alright' and their schools are too.

When 'normal service' resumes, likely in the next academic year, it is hoped that education reformers will be offered a unique opportunity to move away from standardised metrics, and stringent funding decisions made in a top-down fashion. Instead, the teachers and pupils themselves might offer a ground-up, grassroots insight for how aspirations can not only remain high but truly be actualised by these novel ways of working online. Through employers outwith the schools and building capacity with the support of communities coming together, schools may no longer be seen as 'apart'. Hopefully, the curriculum will not be seen as something to implement 'on pupils'. Perhaps we can see different ways of tackling education inequality and empowering teachers and pupils over what and how they learn.

'Normal' before this pandemic wasn't working for swathes of young people. We have a vastly unequal education system in Scotland - a symptom of a vastly unequal society. We need to use this time of uncertainty and forced change to be bold. We need a new normal and it has its roots in the schools that welcomed me in.'

Barry's research aims to investigate the social and structural factors that influence pupils' school subject choices in the Greater Glasgow region, and assess the implications for employer's engagement in schools."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/unleashing-the-new-normal-in-scottish-schools/
 
Description Urban Big Data Centre and Glasgow City Council pilot CCTV analysis that protects individuals' privacy- count me in! 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog on a pilot study using cctv images to count pedestrians and vehicles
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2019/september/piloting-cctv-analysis-that-protects-individuals-pr...
 
Description Urban Data Science Conference Session Organizer and Convener in the AAG 2020 
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 More than 100 AAG conference participants joined the AAG virtual urban data science session in April 2020 and we organized 6 talks for 2 sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://aag.secure-abstracts.com/AAG%20Annual%20Meeting%202020/sessions-gallery/25255
 
Description Urban Data Science Conference Session Presenter, Organizer and Convener in the AAG 2021 
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 About 50 AAG conference participants joined the AAG virtual urban data science session in April 2021 and we organized 10 talks for 2 sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://aag.secure-abstracts.com/Submissions/6/ViewSession?sessionId=27313
 
Description Urban Data Science Conference Session Presenter, Organizer and Convener in the AAG 2022 
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 About 50 AAG conference participants joined the AAG virtual urban data science session in April 2022 and we organized 5 talks for 1 session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://aag-annualmeeting.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/19/sessiongallery/2891
 
Description Urban Housing Markets After the Pandemic - A UK Perspective 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nick Bailey gave a presentation at the ENHR - European Network for Housing Research Seminar 'Changing spatial preferences through Covid-19', titled Urban Housing Markets After the Pandemic - a UK perspective held on the 17th February 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Using New Forms of Spatial Big Data for Urban Mobility Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UBDC's mobile phone data group were invited to give a presentation to the S&SR Environments and Spaces Group on using new forms of spatial big data for urban mobility research to a wide network of public health professionals.

This talk was arranged to introduce and foster collaboration on the UBDC's mobile data collection for research into urban human mobility. The walk generated a large amount of interest in their new data sources and their future potential.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Using new forms of data to analyse cycling activity - October 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is the webinar about the use of new forms of cycling data for cycling studies. It includes both presentation and tutorial sessions. Several questions were raised from different audiences with the increased data requests through UBDC channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/online-learning/online-tutorials/interactive-data-dives/
 
Description Using spare CCTV capacity to monitor activity levels during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog about using CCTV pedestrian and vehicle counts to monitor changing activity in Glasgow City Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2020/april/using-spare-cctv-capacity-to-monitor-activity-levels-du...
 
Description Video Series - Effective Models for Data-driven Collaborations Between Universities and Government (Building experiences with government data owners) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Urban Big Data Centre has built a strong track-record of closely working with UK, devolved and local government, delivering valuable data and analysis to support policy and practice in the governance of urban environments.

We have produced a range of knowledge-sharing presentations, which aim to highlight the benefits of identifying opportunities for collaboration between academic researchers and local authorities on projects that utilise urban data. They also explain the need for effective models for cooperation, so that all parties can benefit from the potential rewards of these partnerships.

In this session we explain how the Urban Big Data Centre provides access to data and other support through our data services. You will also hear about other opportunities to collaborate within the context of our wider programme of data-driven urban research.

Presented by:

Dr Andrew McHugh, Senior Data Science Manager, Urban Big Data Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kusGRI0x62s&ab_channel=UrbanBigDataCentre
 
Description Video Series - Effective Models for Data-driven Collaborations Between Universities and Government (Introduction) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Urban Big Data Centre has built a strong track-record of closely working with UK, devolved and local government, delivering valuable data and analysis to support policy and practice in the governance of urban environments.

This short film highlights the benefits of identifying opportunities for collaboration between academic researchers and local authorities on projects that utilise urban data. It also explains the need for effective models for cooperation, so that all parties can benefit from the potential rewards of these partnerships.

The video features commentary from:

Professor Nick Bailey, Director, Urban Big Data Centre
Kimberley Hose, Head of Business Intelligence, Glasgow City Council
Dr Mark Livingston, Lead - Housing & Neighbourhoods, Urban Big Data Centre
Professor Annette Hastings, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
Josie McGregor, Portfolio Manager, Economic and Social Research Council
Morven Fraser-Walther, Programme Co-ordinator, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OqQ6TTetLE&ab_channel=UrbanBigDataCentre
 
Description Video Series - Effective Models for Data-driven Collaborations Between Universities and Government (UBDC and North Lanarkshire Council's exploration of access to public services in the digital age) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Urban Big Data Centre has built a strong track-record of closely working with UK, devolved and local government, delivering valuable data and analysis to support policy and practice in the governance of urban environments.

We have produced a range of knowledge-sharing presentations, which aim to highlight the benefits of identifying opportunities for collaboration between academic researchers and local authorities on projects that utilise urban data. They also explain the need for effective models for cooperation, so that all parties can benefit from the potential rewards of these partnerships.

In this session we explore how research on unequal access to public services can be brought into the digital age, comprising an analysis of data from within North Lanarkshire Council's customer relationship management (CRM) system, focusing primarily on environmental and maintenance provision.

After watching this video you will have an understanding of how reported issues data reveal information about levels of demand and types of engagement and actions data offer perspectives on the Authority's responses, which may include provision of additional services or resources, or changes to policy or practice. You will also learn how people living in North Lanarkshire neighbourhoods will benefit from the work through improvement to their environmental quality.

Presented by:

Professor Annette Hastings, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
Dr Yang Wang, Research Associate, Urban Big Data Centre
Nicole Paterson, Head of Environmental Assets, North Lanarkshire Council
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOnqXyWf0r8&ab_channel=UrbanBigDataCentre
 
Description Video Series - Video Series - Effective Models for Data-driven Collaborations Between Universities and Government (UBDC & Glasgow City Council's CCTV Object Detection Project) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Urban Big Data Centre has built a strong track-record of closely working with UK, devolved and local government, delivering valuable data and analysis to support policy and practice in the governance of urban environments.

We have produced a range of knowledge-sharing presentations, which aim to highlight the benefits of identifying opportunities for collaboration between academic researchers and local authorities on projects that utilise urban data. They also explain the need for effective models for cooperation, so that all parties can benefit from the potential rewards of these partnerships.

In this session collaborators from Glasgow City Council and UBDC describe their efforts to apply novel image detection methods to data from Glasgow's existing CCTV network in order to automatically count pedestrians and vehicles.

After watching this video you will have an understanding of how this project offers perspectives on mobility habits throughout the city, minimising costs and offering scalability across space and time. You will also learn how open count data enables researchers, the local authority and interested third parties to assess the impact of recent infrastructural developments within the city, and also helps inform subsequent investments.

Presented by:

Dr Mark Livingston, Lead - Housing & Neighbourhoods, Urban Big Data Centre
Kimberley Hose, Head of Business Intelligence, Glasgow City Council
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uuQzyhFDdM&ab_channel=UrbanBigDataCentre
 
Description Virutal Urban Thinkers Campus (World Urban Campaign, UN-Habitat) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Urban Thinkers Campus, which took place 30-31 October 2020, virtually from Gurugram, India. Simon Joss presented on 'data driven cities: information infrastructure for learning cities' and then took part in a panel discussion. The audience, mainly from India, were particularly interested in insights from the UK and Europe relating to 'smart city' innovations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/sspdgurgaon?lang=en
 
Description Was interviewed for the Active Travel podcast. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was interviewed by Guardian journalist Laura Laker for the Active Travel podcast she produces in association with the Active Travel Academy based at the University of Westminster. We discussed the role of data in promoting active travel;particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://t.co/cj4pQ7Fbqd
 
Description Wave Break Media Ltd Press Coverage: Pandemic spurs city data innovation in Scotland 
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 Wave Break Media Ltd Press Coverage press coverage of the Scottish Local Government & Data during Covid-19. Professor Simon Joss and Dr Justine Gangneux carried out an in-depth analysis of data engagements between autumn 2020 and spring 2021. A total of 31 out of the 32 Scottish local authorities were surveyed along with focus groups including NHS Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Government, and several third sector (voluntary) organisations. The survey found that 83% of respondents stated that there was an increase in internal data sharing during COVID-19, 79% indicated the use of new data sources, and 74% confirmed increased data collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://cities-today.com/pandemic-underpins-a-new-era-for-smart-city-data/
 
Description Webinar: Doing research on data uses, needs & capabilities with local authorities 
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 Part of an online training series hosted by UBDC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/education-and-events/events-and-courses/past-events-2021/doing-research-with-l...
 
Description Webinar: Wake of Covid-19: Supporting Older People to Eat Well, Age Well & Live Well 05/10/2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact During the UK Malnutrition Awareness Week showcases recent research by the University of Glasgow in partnership with Food Train / Eat Well Age Well around how older people are living and ageing. Catherine Lido gave a presentation at the Wake of Covid-19: Supporting Older People to Eat Well, Age Well & Live Well webinar, which was held on the 5th of October 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2HFYcyzHpA&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Wrote blog: "When five times three equals zero: the curious case of Strava Metro" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I wrote a blog based on a recent publication (with some colleagues at UBDC). The blog aimed to give a simple explanation of what the paper was about and to highlight the main conclusion of the paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/news-media/2021/april/when-five-times-three-equals-zero-the-curious-case-of-s...