UBDC Events

Urban Big Data Centre


28 April 2021:  Exploring and analysing open transport data (with a focus on SCOOT data and bikeshare data) 10:00 - 12:00 (BST) Online (via Zoom)

The availability of open data has been growing. Local authorities and companies have been making real-time and historical data, many of which crowd-sourced, available online (through APIs).

The often fine temporal and spatial granularity and the real-time nature of these data enrich the set of available data for cutting-edge transport research. These datasets also become good complements of traditional datasets.

In this webinar, led by UBDC’s Dr Chau Man Fung, we will introduce some open transport data commonly used in transport research. We will use two examples (Glasgow traffic counts and shared-bike availability and rental records) to demonstrate how to access the data using simple tools. In addition, we will illustrate how these datasets relate to some UBDC research. The first example is a visualisation of changes in traffic counts over an extended period of time covering pre-lockdown to present. The second example is our study which takes the Glasgow Subway closure in July 2016 as a natural experiment to evaluate the effect of subway closure on bike-sharing trips. This will help transport students and the public explore open transport data and expand their usable datasets for research projects.


25 May 2021: Introduction to Adzuna job market data 14:00 - 15:00 (BST) Online (via Zoom)

Adzuna is a new dataset available from the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC). Adzuna searches thousands of websites and brings together millions of advertisements on their website. Adzuna aims to be the most abundant classified ads site on the web.

The dataset consists of full point-in-time snapshots with details of all advertisements listed on Adzuna’s website. Content includes data about the job market, including job titles, full job descriptions, salary information, location, companies and contract types.

The Adzuna data can be used to research changes in the job market. As UBDC will also facilitate access to data covering the period from 2017 until Spring 2022, the data can be used to analyse changes before, during and after COVID-19. There are many potential applications for the dataset. It can be used for analysis of new vacancies, overall vacancy levels, vacancies by region or job type.

In this webinar, UBDC researchers will provide an overview of how they intend to use the data and the Adzuna data owners will give additional background information and perspective about the creation of the data.

For more information and to register go to the UBDC website here