Urban Analytics Data Infrastructure (UADI)

This project, led by Prof. Abbas Rajabifard in collaboration with 11 other investigators from five other Australian universities, aims to develop an urban analytics data infrastructure that builds on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network. This digital data infrastructure intends to enable the integration, harmonisation, connectivity and scalability of multi-source urban datasets. This infrastructure is required to underpin the next generation of data-driven modelling and decision-support tools to enable the design of smart, productive and resilient cities. These capabilities are predicated on the adoption of ISO standards, development of new ontological frameworks and an urban data dictionary to enable semantic inferencing of datasets and the development of data structures and services. This framework would then be applied to data relevant to people, land and urban infrastructure to support comparative and multi-dimensional analytics.


This project aims to develop the digital infrastructure required to underpin the next generation of data driven modelling and decision-support tools to enable smart, productive and resilient cities. This project will capitalise and add value to the AURIN platform, create a positive impact on the fragmented data landscape that persists in Australia, and empower new capabilities in urban analytics. This project will not only advance the emerging area of urban science and provide new opportunities for urban researchers to engage with national or international cooperative initiatives, it will also crucially support evidence-based planning to enable societal transformation to realise sustainability and well-being in Australian cities.


Collaborating Organisations: The University of Melbourne (administering organisation), The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, University of Wollongong, University of Canberra.