AURIN Presented at CSDILA International Symposium on Smart Future cities


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 AURIN’s objectives to support to the urban research community and one that is now recognised by multiple global agendas led by the United Nations and the World Bank as well as across national policies and priorities.

Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director of the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, gathered a range of international expert practitioners from various universities and organisations to present knowledge on and discuss the new technologies, digital data streams and participation models that generate knowledge used to inform city planning, management and governance.

Professor Richard Sinnott, Director of eResearch at the University of Melbourne and Technical Lead at AURIN presented “Australian Urban Informatics Platform: Past, Present and Future.”   In his talk Prof. Sinnott explained that the topic of urban and built environment research is extremely broad, touching on all disciplines from health to housing, crime to car dependency.  This research depends on access to and usage of reliable data.  He presented the benefits of the AURIN Workbench being a place where researchers can access and analyse heterogeneous data from across the usually disconnected disciplines of urban research, in a secure, accessible and user friendly environment.

The AURIN Portal technology developed by Prof. Sinnott’s team at AURIN and an extensive network of tech experts across Australia, is just the beginning.  “The technology is often the easiest part” Prof. Sinnott says “the continuing challenge lies in convincing organisations and government bodies to provide online programmatic access to their data.”

Indeed, so far AURIN has been successful in securing over 100 data licences on behalf of the urban research community,  making the data available to researchers with a secure login through their internet browser.  This immediate and secure access to data that is usually tricky or arduous to obtain is increasing the efficiency with which researchers can start on their analysis.  Sharing data through the AURIN Workbench allows a data custodian to have their data to be discovered, accessed and analysed by researchers across the country.

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Even as cities become “smart”, they still require robust spatial data as a fundamental input to research and decision support. As the experts gathered at this symposium to exchange knowledge, ideas, experience, and practices, and to establish new relationships, the conversation around engagement in sharing data was prominent.  The AURIN Network will continue this conversation and encourage data sharing through our AURIN Workbench.