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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
Governance, Planning, Urban indicators, Social science, Urban policy, Civil engineering, Housing, Employment, Local authority data, Big and complex data, Urban studies, Urban informatics, Machine learning, Data visualisation, Personal data, Urban research, Transport, Cycling, Urban modelling, Neighbourhood, GIS, Artificial intelligence, Data science, Administrative data, Urban big data, Education, Productivity, Government data
RI Category
Complex Data Facilities
Research Data Service Facilities
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Scientific Domain
Information Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Engineering and Energy
ESFRI Domain
Social and Cultural Innovation
Safeguarded Data Collection
Outreach, Training and Knowledge Exchange
Access to Data Collections
Data Sourcing
Access Type
Physical, Remote, Virtual
Users Definition
User Demographics
National Users - 89.0% in 2018
Extra-European Users - 4.9% 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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