Urban Data Platform

Constructed under the direction of statistics professor and Kinder Fellow Katherine Ensor, the Urban Data Platform is a computing environment and data library that brings together a wide range of datasets for the greater Houston area. The goal is to get a clearer picture of Houston – and create a clearer path to solving urban problems – by conducting cross-disciplinary research using structured data. 

Funder: Houston Endowment

The Urban Data Platform is supported by Houston Endowment, a private philanthropic institution that works across the community for the benefit of the people of greater Houston. 

With assets of over $1.6 billion, the foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations totaling approximately $80 million each year in order to enhance civic assets, strengthen systems that support residents, promote post-secondary success, and build a stronger region. Established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937, Houston Endowment has a rich legacy of addressing some of greater Houston's most compelling needs. Today the foundation continues efforts to create a vibrant community where all have the opportunity to thrive.