Past events 2016

29 Nov

Data Linkage Scotland Showcase 2016

The Urban Big Data Centre in collaboration with the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland, hosted a 1-day event on Tuesday 29th November 2016 to showcase Scotland's research strengths, support services and opportunities in cross-sectora...

11 Oct

SRA Conference: An Introduction to Tools for Social Media Research

Yeran Sun, UBDC Research Associate will be attending the #NSMNSS / SRA Conference as a speaker on 11 October in London. He will be presenting ‘How to use R and QGIS to find out tourism hotspots in cities’. His presentation will focus on how to use open source tools to identify tourism attractions...

3 Jun

PASCAL Conference: Learning Cities 2040

The next PASCAL International Conference will be held at the University of Glasgow this June: Learning Cities 2040 - Global, Local, Connected, Sustainable, Healthy and Resilient. It will focus on future directions for Learning Cities at a time of considerable challenge and opportunity for cities,...

2 Jun

PASCAL Learning Cities Network Pre-Conference

This event is being held for members of PASCAL’s Learning Cities Network as a prelude to the 13th annual PASCAL conference. It will allow cities within the network to share their progress, and for the five networks of LCN to meet. It is hosted by the PASCAL Observatory in collaboration with the U...

21 Apr

Using secondary administrative data to explore civil society

On 21 April 2016 the Urban Big Data Centre will host an ESRC funded workshop on the theme of 'Using secondary administrative data to explore civil society'. This workshop, which is run by the Scottish Civil Society Data Partnership project (see www.thinkdata.org.uk), aims to explore the extent t...

18 Apr

Future Cities: Do Cities Have Limits? Workshop and Public Lecture

This one-day workshop will provide a platform for blue-sky thinking on the future of cities with a 50+ year time horizon. The objective of the event is to identify key questions for the deep future from a range of perspectives including engineering, architecture and the arts: Looking to the futu...

4 Apr

Interdisciplinary Data Resources to Address the Challenges of Urban Living

On the 4th and 5th of April, 2016, the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), University of Glasgow hosted an EPSRC-funded 1.5 day workshop to explore the methodological challenges and innovations in urban data and to introduce UBDC’s exciting integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project.  The workshop,...

16 Mar

Data Talent Scotland

The Urban Big Data Centre is pleased to take part in the Data Talent Scotland showcase, a collider event bringing together 150 postgraduate data science students and 200 data enthusiasts, 11 universities and 50 businesses from across Scotland. The event will connect new data talent and education ...

29 Feb

Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) Showcase

To date, the ESRC has run three successful rounds of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) the primary focus of which is to demonstrate the value of existing data resources by utilising them to deliver high-quality, high-impact research. SDAI provides up to 18 months funding for gran...

27 Jan

Digging into Data: Round 3 - The Showcase

We are pleased to exhibit at the Digging into Data event, where a representative will be on hand to answer questions about our work, and we will display a visualisation using a selection of data from the integrated Multimedia City Data project. To register, please visit the Eventbrite Page. What ...

20 Oct

Alex Singleton Seminar: Human Dynamics and Urban Structure

The UBDC is pleased to announce a seminar from Prof. Alex Singleton, Professor at University of Liverpool and Deputy Director/Co-Investigator of the Consumer Data Research Centre. Please note: Due to limited places, registration is required via Eventbrite.   Register Here   Abstra...

11 Oct

Microenterprise, technology and big data: new forms of digital enterprise and work and ways to research them

UBDC Research Associate, Dr. Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka, will be presenting her research at the ESRC Seminar Microenterprise, technology and big data: new forms of digital enterprise and work and ways to research them. Her presentation will focus on ‘New insights into homeworking through social media...

24 Aug

Webinar: Call for Expressions of Interest Info Session

The UBDC's Call for Expressions of Interest to access urban data and use our data services is open to submissions until 9 September.  If you're interested in the Call, but have some questions or want to know more about the UBDC and our data first, join our free webinar information session on 24 A...

25 May

The pop-up reality for youth on the urban fringe: Their spaces; their times, and their futures

The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), in collaboration with the Centre for Research & Development in Lifelong Learning (CRADALL) at the University of Glasgow, will host a seminar with Prof. Margaret Robertson, La Trobe University, whose longstanding research includes youth studies and cross-cultu...

12 May

The broader political implications of citizens’ perceptions about disaster response policy

As part of the University of Glasgow Q-Step Centre’s first year celebration, they are presenting their first lecture demonstrating the use of quantitative methods in examining real world issues. Professor Schneider is a leading figure in policy and public administration studies in the US and will...

11 May

Evolving Mobility Patterns of Young Adults

The Urban Big Data Centre is pleased to host a seminar with Prof. Noreen McDonald, Fulbright Distinguished Chair, 2015-16, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. Noreen is also Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her talk will ...

3 May

Pathways through Care: Using administrative and survey data to understand care in older age

The UBDC is pleased to host a seminar by Dr. Alasdair Rutherford, University of Stirling on Pathways to Care: Using administrative and survey data to understand care in older age.   The seminar will be in the UBDC Conference Room, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm on Tuesday, 3rd May 2016. Places are limite...

16 Mar

Making an Open Information Age: Power, freedom and inequality in an age of bits

On 16th March 2016, CREATe will host a public lecture by Dr. Rufus Pollock, titled ‘Making an Open Information Age: Power, freedom and inequality in an age of bits‘. Many in CREATe will be familiar with his trailblazing work on the economics of copyright and in particular, on calculating the size...

17 Nov

SASNet Training with Vonu Thakuriah: Urban Informatics and Cities

This training seminar is provided as part of the new ESRC-funded Social Analytics Strategic Network (SASNet). The network, jointly founded by the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) and Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLGRC) focuses on capacity-building for social analytics of emergi...

9 Nov

SASNet Training with Prof. Stewart Fotheringham: Understanding Local Modelling

The Urban Big Data Centre invite you to participate in a free training seminar on the concepts and processes for local modelling of spatial data. 'Understanding Local Modelling' is provided via our SASNet Fellowship Programme and will consist of two presentations from Stewart Fotheringham, Profes...

14 Oct

Transport Data Modelling, Simulation and Big Data

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invite you to a free seminar on Transport Data Modelling, Simulation and advancements in Big Data.  This half day seminar will consist of two 1-hour sessions presented by Devrim Kara, Director, PTV Group UK, covering the use of ‘Big Data’ for i...

28 Sep

Strava Metro Data: Training Session with Brian Riordan

The Urban Big Data Centre is delighted Brian Riordan from Strava Metro, will host a training session on using Strava Metro data at the UBDC on Wednesday, 28th September at 10am. About Strava — a social network for cyclists and runners — is more than just a fitness app. Millions of users upload de...

20 Sep

An Introduction to Open Geospatial Standards

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invite you to a free training workshop on understanding and using open geospatial data standards. This is the third of our capacity-building events funded through our ESRC SASNet fellowship programme and will presented by Steven Ramage. Steven ...

29 Aug

Multilevel Modelling

Course Summary Many data often has a hierarchical structure. For example, residents are clustered into the neighbourhoods and students are nested into the school. These intrinsic characteristics of data could result in challenges when analyzing data (e.g., potential correlation between element un...

23 Aug

Using R: Statistical Analysis

Course Summary As a powerful open-source tool for statistical analysis, R has been increasingly utilised in higher education, scientific research and practice. The purpose of this course is to introduce how to use a set of R packages for statistical analysis, including both visualization and math...

22 Aug

Introduction to R

Course Summary  As a powerful open-source tool for statistical analysis, R has been increasingly utilised in higher education, scientific research and practice. The purpose of this course is to introduce basic knowledge of R, such as how to load data into R and how to visualise data using differe...

15 Aug

Accessing the UBDC's Data Service

Course Summary  The UBDC has been established to meet the needs of a wide range of users who wish to conduct research on urban issues using big data. We offer a number of services, including access to open, licenced and controlled data, and a data sourcing and procurement service. Most are provid...

10 Aug

Introduction to QGIS

Course Summary GIS software is widely used by a variety of communities in geospatial data analysis. Commercial GIS software, such as ESRI ArcGIS, MapInfo and ENVI are only accessible to users with a payment of a license. Actually, as the most popular open source GIS software, QGIS can replace ESR...

3 Aug

Introduction to Network Analysis in ArcGIS

Course Summary Network analysis is a particularly useful class of analysis, which can be performed with a Geographic Information System (GIS). Network analysis allows us to analyse problems which are connected to the transportation of goods or people across a network. Using these methods we can c...

2 Aug

Introduction to ArcGIS

Course Summary The importance of understanding the spatial dimension of data has long been understood. Despite this, the spatial aspects are often ignored; in part due to a lack of knowledge and skill about how to process it. This issue has become more pressing in recent years, which have seen a ...

15 Jul

Real-time Optimisation of Mobile Facilities in Public Service Delivery

  The Urban Big Data Centre, as part of the SASNet Programme, is pleased to host a seminar with Dr. Soheil Davari, Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at Hertfordshire Business School on Real-time Optimisation of Mobile Facilities in Public Service Delivery (see full abstract below). The seminar ...

22 Jun

Discrete Choice Modelling & Cause-Effect Case Studies

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invite you to participate in a free training seminar on Discrete Choice Modelling & Cause-Effect Case Studies, featuring Chandra Bhat, Director of theCenter for Transport Research (CTR), Professor of Engineering and Economics at the Univers...

10 Jun

SASNet Training Workshop: Data Management for Urban Transport Operations

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invite you to participate in a free training workshop on Data Management for Urban Transport Operations. The half-day workshop aims to introduce data management methods and modelling for urban transport planning, using specific case studies to ...

17 May

Research with administrative data: Opportunities and legal framework

The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) in collaboration with the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office (DPFOI) at the University of Glasgow, is hosting a short seminar on research with administrative data about individuals. This is an introductory seminar for researchers who are thinking of...

12 Apr

Webinar: Linking multimedia city data

The UK Data Service is holding a webinar on social aspects on the urban environment as part of a series showcasing research using new and novel forms of data. This is a collaborative webinar involving Sarah King-Hele from the UK Data Service, Mark Livingston and Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka from the Ur...