news | 07.11.2015 |

iMCD project: Datascape of Movement Patterns in Glasgow

The Urban Big Data Centre's integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project is designed to provide our user community with innovative primary data sources about Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, the combination of which has never before been collected. 

To demonstrate the potential of the project's sensor data strand, the visualization above illustrates a ‘typical week’ of movement in Glasgow’s city centre. The patterns are shown here using day of the week and a time period (early morning, mid-morning, etc.). In blue and pink you can also see how men and women move around the city in different ways and utilise different locations at different times.

Learn more on the iMCD project page and in our existing blog post: Urban life captured through survey, sensors and multimedia.


This data visualization was created by the Glasgow School of Art's Digital Design Studio on behalf of the Urban Big Data Centre.

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Sources in addition to the iMCD project data include: Lidar's data from 'blue sky' and satellite imagery from EU Spacing Imaging.

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