The AURIN Journey

Established in June 2010, the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) is an initiative of the Australian Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and associated programmes.

AURIN is comprised of:

  • a collaborative network of leading researchers and data providers across the public and private sectors
  • a one-stop online portal with more than 1,600 multi-disciplinary datasets from over 60 different data sources (the AURIN Portal)
  • a suite of open-source tools covering spatial and statistical modelling, planning and visualisation (the AURIN Workbench) AURIN aims to provide urban and built environment researchers with access to diverse sources of data, data integration capabilities, and an e-research capability for interrogating those data.

In doing this, AURIN:

  • improves the understanding of Australia’s urban settlements as complex systems in which human behaviour, production and consumption unfold within definable demographic, social, economic and environmental parameters
  • informs evidence-based research, policy and practice
  • improves the sustainability of our cities and urban areas by better understanding the physical and social aspects of built environments, including urban resource use and management
  • encourages more research to support urban resource management and policy decisions by making information easier to access
  • collects and integrates a range of built environment and urban research datasets containing information about energy and water consumption, resource management, and social and environment interactions
  • improves our ability to model and visualise these social and environment interactions
  • improves Australia’s ability to undertake collaborative research domestically and internationally.

The AURIN databases AURIN provides access to many different databases including:

  • Demographics, Social Indicators and Economic Activity
  • Urban Design and Housing
  • Health and Quality of Life
  • Infrastructure and Transport

Practical benefits of AURIN

AURIN enables Australian planners and researchers to make informed decisions about future infrastructure and urban environments based on realistic scenarios and evidence-based analysis.

AURIN has an unequalled, and globally unique ability, to source and integrate a myriad of clean data sets that can provide the ‘right answer’ to urban planning problems, at all scales of development. In using AURIN, Australian city planners can join landmark ‘smart cities’ like Singapore, Chicago and Amsterdam as leaders in planning and sustainability.

Who benefits from AURIN?

All levels of government by:

  • capturing opportunities inherent in population growth, socio-demographic trends and economic activity
  • better integrating economic development, land use, essential services and infrastructure planning
  • developing policies that respond effectively and efficiently to demographic, social, economic and technological trends across Australia
  •  having access in one location to the evidence base necessary to formulate and inform the most appropriate, cost-effective urban settlement and infrastructure solutions
  • demonstrating the availability and appropriate application of open source and creative commons initiatives in government decision-making.

Australian industry by:

  • accessing the most recent research via a ‘one-stop shop’ that enables industry to innovate and be competitive in new and developing markets
  • strengthening the relationship between scientific research and industry, with research being a key driver of productivity and prosperity
  • creating more viable and sustainable cities and regions in which to provide services and infrastructure.

Urban settlement and infrastructure researchers by:
accessing the most up-to-date network of urban settlements researchers/institutions, databases, data providers and e-research tools relevant to contemporary
urban issues

  • improving analytical capabilities to enhance innovation, creativity and collaborative ventures
  • supporting more productive research, forensic investigations and subsequent publications.

Undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students by:

  • providing an interactive teaching and learning tool that includes spatial, statistical analysis and modelling, plus advanced visualisation
  • accessing powerful contemporary e-infrastructure, integrated databases and a network of leading researchers that can assist them in their studies and facilitate their research.

The Australian community by:

  • well connected communities that support the development and growth of their local economy
  • improved wellbeing, health, quality of life and productivity of Australia’s urban communities.

The AURIN national collaborative network

AURIN works with more than 70 institutions including: Australia’s leading universities, researchers, data custodians and government agencies. More than 500 people from the research, policy and practice communities are engaged in the AURIN project and more than 100 people are involved in AURIN committees and expert groups.

The AURIN collaborative network simplifies interactions between researchers, data providers, policy makers and practitioners and services the growing demand for open-source access and evidence-based decision-making.

 

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