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The team at AURIN congratulate Professor Robert John Stimson, former Director of AURIN on his recognition as a Member of the Order of Australia , the citation notes his “significant service to science as a researcher and academic,  particularly in the discipline of analytical human geography.” This great honour is well deserved.  Bob has had…

This week the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) and Land Victoria hosted an International Symposium on the topic of Smart Future Cities: The Role of Spatial Data and Urban Analytics The event focused on the notion that cities hold the key to a sustainable global future – a concept that underpins…

A way to mine Twitter data to identify real-time traffic jams and accident black spots has been developed by University of Melbourne researchers. These ‘tweets from the streets’ could give urban planners the big data they need to make our transport systems more efficient, identify accident black spots and make our cities more liveable. “We…

Mapping cities and health services for future Zimmer frame zones Researchers in Sydney are mapping Australia’s health services and population projections to identify where future hospitals, GPs and even dentists will be most needed as baby boomers hit retirement age. Already stretched health budgets will need to cover the ballooning needs of Australia’s ageing population…

How an eye in the sky can help make cities more walkable, liveable and resilient CSIRO researchers have found a way to turn bird’s eye view photographs of our cities into useful digital maps that could help planners make our cities more liveable and provide emergency services with valuable information. Dr Greg Foliente and his…

Visit the AURIN Map to see how the other half live, work, drive, earn and more A new online interactive map is showing Australians how our suburbs compare across a range of indicators of disadvantage, including unemployment, income, access to health and financial services, education, potential mortgage stress and others. Australia is the ‘lucky country’,…

Getting water and energy suppliers, retailers and researchers speaking the same data language Do houses in low-density ‘leafy’ suburbs use more water than their inner city counterparts? Does the idea that increasing housing density make homes more energy and water efficient broadly stack up? Is there a link between high water use and high energy…

‘We’re sharing our urban intelligence, and you should too’ Research and evidence-based planning is the key to Melbourne’s current accolade of ‘world’s most liveable city’ and improving its liveability into the future while managing the pressures of population growth, changing business mixes and weather extremes. In 2015, Melbourne was named the world’s most liveable city…

A new alliance means mapped ‘big data’ will soon help Australian industry, business and government organisations make smarter infrastructure plans and decisions, helping our cities meet their future challenges and saving significant costs. PwC and the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) have announced an alliance agreement to bring together their respective problem-solving skills, analysis…