Lens projects

Research infrastructure focused on areas of national priority – the Lenses

The AURIN Lenses address key challenges facing Australia’s diverse urban system and aim to provide access to portfolio of online tools by which researchers may access and interrogate distributed datasets.

A National Network of Expertise

Collaborating organisations/institutions and co-investors are bringing specialist knowledge and experience, building on their existing expertise and history of project delivery, to participation in projects relating to particular Lenses or components of a Lens appropriate to their expertise.

Many datasets and some of the tools and protocols developed for ‘value adding’ in the AURIN research infrastructure are common to multiple Lenses. Lenses may also closely interrelate.

For instance, information relating to Lens 2 (Economic activity and urban labour markets) and Lens 4 (Urban housing) are relevant to Lens 3 (Urban health, well-being and quality of life) and Lens 5 (Urban transport). Information from the Urban transport and Urban housing Lenses will inform the Lens 9 (Urban governance, policy and management).

The Lenses act as selective views, within which the data collation and the design of the infrastructure can be framed, developed and quality assured. They provide a framework for goals and potential research scenarios by which to shape and test the infrastructure design and implementation.

The Lenses

1.   Population and demographic futures and benchmarked social indicators.
2.   Economic activity and urban labour markets.
3.   Urban health, well-being and quality of life.
4.   Urban housing.
5.   Urban transport.
6.   Energy and water supply and consumption.
10. Innovative urban design.

More details of membership of Lenses can be found here.

Lens projects

Listed below are the Lens projects and the collaborating institution:

LensTitlePartner Institution
Lens1Analytical tools for the interrogation of inter-regional migration flows and matricesUniversity of Queensland
Lens1Small area population projectionsUniversity of Queensland
Lens1Small area social indicatorsThe University of Adelaide/Griffith/National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling
Lens1Small area indicators of disadvantage for the Indigenous populationNational Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, University of Canberra
Lens1Small area wellbeing and quality of lifeNational Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, University of Canberra
Lens1Vulnerability analysis of mortgage, petroleum and inflation risks and expenditure (VAMPIRE) indexGriffith University
Lens2Provision of infrastructure and data integrationCentre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), The University of Newcastle
Lens2Economic spatial statistics and regional impact analysis toolsCentre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), The University of Newcastle
Lens2Economic impact assessment toolThe University of Adelaide
Lens2Assessing risk with spatial indexes of economic prosperity and employment vulnerabilityCentre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), The University of Newcastle
Lens2National industry data projectDepartment of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI), Victorian Government
Lens3National public health infrastructure provisionPublic Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU), University of Adelaide
Lens3Walkability case-studyThe University of Melbourne
Lens3Access to service indicatorsCity of Melbourne
Lens3Characterising networks in geographical and social ‘space’The University of Melbourne
Lens3Urban health geovisualisation eResearch toolsCRC Spatial Information (CRCSI)
Lens3VicHealth data provisionVicHealth
Lens4Housing microsimulation eResearch tool (Housemod)National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, University of Canberra
Lens4Report on the state of play of housing related data and toolsSwinburne University of Technology
Lens5A model-free and multi-modal transport network coding for AustraliaUniversity of Wollongong
Lens5Transport network performanceUniversity of South Australia
Lens5Household transport survey harmonisationNational ICT Australia (NICTA)
Lens5Harmonising motor vehicle and environmental efficiency data for Australian citiesGriffith University
Lens6Fine-scale energy and water consumption dataAITHER
Lens6Protocols for energy and water dataCSIRO
Lens7City logistics scoping study complete Q1 2013Virtual Australia and New Zealand (VANZI)/National ICT Australia (NICTA)
Lens10UrbanViewerThe University of Adelaide