Shaping Data Standards for Future Cities – 19 May, Glasgow

UBDC SASNetThe Urban Big Data Centre has announced that they are collaborating with BSI on the next free SASNet event on ‘Shaping Data Standards for Future Cities’.

Future cities face many challenges as urban populations increase. Physical resources – such as energy and water – along with healthcare, traffic, public transport and other logistics need careful management in order to meet the needs of citizens, maintain economic growth and ensure sustainability. The effective use of data and new technology solutions are providing new tools and opportunities that can help overcome these challenges.

Standards support the widespread adoption of common approaches to the implementation of products and services in future cities. A range of standards are required to help the smart city meet its potential and to help address issues at different levels, from the decision-making at the city level to the interoperability of particular devices. This event aims to bring together local authorities, researchers and innovators to identify the challenges facing cities, discuss potential solutions to common problems and look at the role and future of smart city standards.

This free event will take place on 19 May 2017 in the Still Room at the IET Glasgow: Teacher Building – a landmark venue in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

The programme details and timings are still to be confirmed – Each session will be approximately 60 minutes in length including a Q&A. There are no specific pre-requisites for attending but the event is likely to be of most interest to standards professionals and urban planners from the academic, consultancy and public sectors. Registration for this free event is available via Eventbrite and is necessary due to limited space and for catering arrangements.



Introduction to Key Data

UKDSThe UK Data Service provides the UK’s largest collection of social, economic and population data resources suitable for research and teaching. To help you navigate the data that we hold we run introductory webinars on key data, which focus on our most popular datasets. The webinars run from 15.00—16.00 and are free to attend.

To find out more and see the full selection of introductory webinars taking place throughout the year, take a look at our webinar programme. For a quarterly round-up of our latest news, features, data releases, and forthcoming data and events, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Human Rights Atlas

UKDSThe data behind the ground-breaking Human Rights Atlas is now freely available for anyone to access via UKDS.Stat, the data dissemination platform for international data at the UK Data Service.  The ‘Human Rights Atlas 2012 dataset’ was originally created by the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR) at the University of Essex and Mackman, for the ESRC-funded Human Rights Atlas Project, the main objective of which was to produce a visually pleasing, interactive interface for the dissemination of global human rights data.  Using published data from the World Bank, the United Nations, academics, non-governmental organisations and the other bodies, the dataset generated for the project includes more than 240 different measures of economic, social, political, and legal life for over 200 different countries across the world and gives a picture of the lives and rights of human beings over a 30-year period from 1981 onwards.

In March 2015 the UK Data Service archived the dataset and made it available for download via the Discover catalogue in a zip file (tab-delimited, Stata or SPSS format), and this week, to mark Human Rights Day on Sat 10th December 2016, we have made the data accessible via UKDS.Stat.

According to Todd Landman, Professor of Political Science, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham and PI, Human Rights Atlas:

“The Human Rights Atlas combines publicly available data on socio-economic indicators, legal indicators, and human rights indicators for a large number of countries over 30 years of time. The web interface is very user-friendly, and the resource has been used for educational and research programmes, including a MOOC on combating contemporary slavery delivered by the University of Nottingham to over 6000 participants around the world. It is great that the underlying dataset is available in this new format, and I am particularly pleased that it is made available to coincide with this year’s International Human Rights Day.”

UKDS.Stat allows users to explore, visualise and subset the Human Rights Atlas data prior to download. The data can be extracted in Excel, PC-Axis, SDMX(XML), CSV formats and accessed via a Developer RESTful API (application programming interface). If logged in, UKDS.Stat also allows users to save and share their queries via a simple URL.


Urban Bid Data Centre : Expressions of Interest

ubdc_logoWould you like to investigate an urban policy, planning, or research problem using big, complex, or administrative data? If so, the Urban Big Data Centre is here to help.

We provide:

  • Access to a range of UK urban-related data
  • Support in working with controlled (or personal) data
  • Data sourcing services for your research

If you’re a UK-based academic, local authority, government department or body, third sector organisation, business, or citizen interested in using data to understand and improve your community – you’re eligible for UBDC support. Some of our data is also available for non-UK users, and we are happy to hear ideas for international collaborations too. Submit an Expression of Interest to use our data collections or other data services by 9 September, 2016!

Some of the data available includes : iMCD Project data (Household survey and Twitter data) Geospatial data (Spatial Urban Indicators and LiDAR Earth Images) Transport data (Strava Metro cycling app data) Housing data (Nestoria and Zoopla housing advertisement data) Education data (UCAS and Scottish Pupil Census data)

Funding Opportunities: Check out these ESRC calls and pre-calls

ESRCCheck out these funding calls and pre-calls from ESRC

wellcomeCall for Science Learning+ Partnership Grants. Partnership Grants under Science Learning+. International initiative ESRC / Wellcome Trust / National Science Foundation (USA)  Deadline 14 June 2016


Trans-Atlantic Platform: Digging into Data Challenge  ESRC / AHRC on behalf of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP). Launch of the T-AP Digging into Data Challenge. Deadline 29 June 2016


ESRC-NSFC Newton Call for collaborative research and networking opportunity  Developing financial systems to support sustainable growth in China. ESRC / National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Developing financial systems to support sustainable growth in China. Deadline 20 July 2016


dfid (2)ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme – 2016 call ESRC / DFID. Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme. Deadline 26 July 2016.


ahrcInnovation awards under PaCCS focusing on Conflict and International Development. ESRC / AHRC. Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) focusing on Conflict and International Development. (Pre-call.)


Tackling antimicrobial resistance: behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting .We are planning to announce a call for both smaller pump priming grants and larger collaborative research grants  (Pre-call.)


jrfEvidence centre on UK housing. ESRC,/ Joseph Rowntree Foundation / AHRC  invite collaborative applications to establish an evidence centre for UK housing. Deadline 1 October 2016


Find out more

Opportunity: SASnet Fellowship

The Urban Big Data Centre are offeringubdc_logo short fellowships to interested academics.  Benefits of being a SASNET fellow include:  

  • Access to a wide spectrum of UK data for your research — this includes a range of administrative, big, and complex data on business, government and urban areas in the UK
  • Expert guidance and support for your research from the interdisciplinary staff at the UBDC and BLGRC, including funding for travel to/from and accommodation in Glasgow or Essex if required
  • Opportunities to promote your latest research, build relationships, and share your expertise in social analytics to further develop the capacity and skills of academics and professionals in the UK.

Find out more here