The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) is a research centre and national data service based at the University of Glasgow. We promote the use of big data and innovative research methods to improve social, economic and environmental well-being in cities.UBDC has been jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the University of Glasgow since 2014.
We publish world-leading research in the social sciences and other disciplines that is distinguished by its critical engagement with debates about new forms of data (big data) and data-driven urban analytics. We are aware of the strengths and the limitations of these new approaches to understanding urban conditions when compared with traditional modes of research.
Our data service enhances the quality and accessibility of urban big data, and the methods for urban analytics, supporting a wide range of applications and users.
We are a multi-disciplinary team that benefits from the contributions and insights from a group of experts with very varied backgrounds. We provide an environment that encourages collaboration and cross-fertilisation where all perspectives are valued.
Our urban social scientists and transport engineers ensure that we draw on existing knowledge and understanding of urban systems and contexts. They keep attention focussed on questions of data quality and validity, and make sure we understand how our work contributes to wider efforts across the range of disciplines addressing urban challenges.
Our data scientists and statisticians bring technical and analytical expertise. They innovate methods to access or capture, manage, analyse and visualise data. They also provide expertise in data licensing and negotiating rights to data which are critical determinants of what we can do.
Urban Big Data Centre, 7 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow,