news | 27.03.2023 |

UBDC Data Challenge

The UBDC hosted a data challenge for the GISRUK 2023 conference in support of the sustainable levelling up agenda. For the data challenge, three datasets were chosen from the Urban Big Data Centre's data catalogue, each covering a different domain. ADDENDUM - See winners below.

Levelling up agenda:

The levelling up agenda aims to reduce regional inequalities in the UK, particularly in areas outside of London and the southeast. The agenda focuses on improving infrastructure and supporting local businesses to create jobs and stimulate growth.

The City of Glasgow:

Glasgow's economic and social history is characterised by its role as a major centre for shipbuilding, engineering, and heavy industry, as well as its struggles with poverty, unemployment, urban segregation, and social inequality. Glasgow has received levelling up funding and can provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of implementing the levelling up agenda.

Data Challenge Objective:

Using the UBDC data provided, researchers were asked to produce a lighting talk which explores, visualises, and/or analyses one or a combination of the datasets in the context of Glasgow and the conference theme.


The winners received the UBDC Data Challenge award and £200 in vouchers as a prize which can be used in a wide range of outlets.

The Runners up received £100 in vouchers.

UBDC data:

Three UBDC datasets were made available for this data challenge and applicants can use one or a combination of these datasets.

  • Public transport accessibility indices

  • Glasgow’s CCTV object detection data

  • Zoopla rental properties and advertisements

While UBDC data was to be central to the piece of work, applicants were free to combine other data sources in support of the challenge. The UBDC data challenge was open to academics attending GISRUK 2023. 


Winners of the Data Challenge 2023:

Xiaoyue Xing & Bowen Zhang -
How public transportation network reflects segregation in different social groups.

Highly commended:  

Manon Predhumeau -
Where to spend your golden years? A look at healthcare accessibility by public transport.

Yunbei Ou -
Exploring Fuel Poverty in Glasgow




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