Geospatial data

SUDS (Spatial Urban Data System) Urban Indicators

The UBDC is in the process of developing a database of small-area urban indicators. Called Spatial Urban Data System (SUDS), the programme aspires to create small-area estimates of a wide variety of economic, social, built environment and physical indicators in UK urban areas. The SUDS programme will allow researchers to map, analyse and otherwise examine spatial variations in economic performance, social equity and wellbeing, and to conduct research and formulate policy solutions surrounding sustainable and effective communities. This work is ongoing, so the collection will continue to grow over the lifetime of UBDC.

  • Data owner: Urban Big Data Centre
  • Coverage (geographical): 14 built-up areas in the UK: Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton-Portsmouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Belfast.
  • Who can use this data? Anyone 
  • Format: CSV or GIS shapefiles. We are also developing a process for access to a web-based GIS solution so that users can map and visualise the data using our web services.
  • More information: Table 1: Examples of small area urban indicators from SUDS programme (Word)

LiDAR: High resolution image data of the Earth's surface

LiDAR — Light Detection and Ranging — is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth. LiDAR data is extremely accurate 3D data generated from sensors on the ground or on airplanes. These accurate models have uses for local government planners who need detailed structural plans of the city. LiDAR is also regularly used by archaeologists, computer scientists, and civil engineering companies.

  • Data owner: LiDAR
  • Coverage (geographical): Glasgow
  • Coverage (time): 2003
  • Who can use this data? Only academic research users

One example of using LiDAR data is our video of movement patterns in Glasgow City Centre:


Credits: This data visualization was created by the Glasgow School of Art's Digital Design Studio on behalf of the Urban Big Data centre. Data used in addition to the iMCD project data includes: Lidar's data from 'blue sky' and satellite imagery from EU Spacing Imaging.