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Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC)
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Glasgow
University Avenue, Glasgow, PO: G12 8QQ (United Kingdom)
7 Lilybank Gardens, Urban Big Data Centre, Glasgow, PO: G12 8RZ (United Kingdom)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
United Kingdom
Current Status:
Operational since 2015
Operational since 2015 to 2024
Under construction since 2014 to 2015
Scientific Description
The UBDC is a UK-wide national data service for researchers who want to use big data to address a range of urban challenges, both local and global. Funded by the UKRI Economic and Social Research Council as part of their Big Data Network, it is a unique facility that brings together the expertise of urban social scientists, data scientists, transport engineers and statisticians. The Centre supports researchers, policymakers, businesses, third sector organisations, and everyday citizens to harness the potential of big data to develop solutions for environmentally sustainable, economically resilient, and socially just cities.

RI Keywords
Transport, Big and complex data, GIS, Social science, Urban big data, Housing, Urban research, Urban indicators, Urban studies, Urban modelling, Planning, Urban policy, Productivity, Data visualisation, Employment, Neighbourhood, Urban informatics, Artificial intelligence, Administrative data, Personal data, Local authority data, Civil engineering, Governance, Data science, Government data, Education, Machine learning, Cycling
RI Category
Complex Data Facilities
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Research Data Service Facilities
Scientific Domain
Social Sciences
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Information Science and Technology
Engineering and Energy
ESFRI Domain
Social and Cultural Innovation
Data Sourcing
Outreach, Training and Knowledge Exchange
Access to Data Collections
Safeguarded Data Collection
Access Type
Virtual, Physical, Remote
Users Definition
User Demographics
Extra-European Users - 4.9% in 2018
National Users - 89.0% in 2018
European Users - 3.9% in 2018
Type of Users
Academic - 74.0%
Public services - 10.0%
Industry/private companies - 9.0%
General public - 4.5%
Third sector / community groups - 2.0%
UKRI-ESRC Big Data Network
Date of last update: 28/02/2019
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