The Kinder Institute
Urban Data Platform (UDP) is created to support a deeper understanding of
Houston’s people, government and built environment. The UDP is a computing
environment and secure data repository of research-ready geocoded data for the
Houston metropolitan area, facilitating cross-disciplinary research and
community investigations. The UDP team supports training in statistical methods
related to urban analytics.
UDP is a data repository containing various data sets, which researchers at Rice University and its affiliates use to further
understand urban issues in the Houston area
and beyond. The UDP enables a greater understanding of urban issues in the Houston area in two ways:
- Being the single
access point for many data sources that supports
the programs at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research (KIUR)
in its data-intensive work and
collaborations with key partners
- Providing researchers with the opportunity for greater collaboration to conduct
interdisciplinary research examining the interconnections
of subject areas, which drives understanding and potential solutions to local urban issues
UDP is a first-of-its-kind effort to compile, organize and
analyze a wide variety of data across many disciplines, focusing on critical
issues facing Houston and its metro area. The program builds on the 2015 data-sharing agreement
between Rice and the city, as well as their participation in the
newly-formed Metro Lab Network. The data housed within the platform will allow
researchers and policymakers at Rice, in Houston and beyond to engage in
cross-disciplinary research on a wide range of urban problems in Houston,
combining data sets in new ways to find new insights.
The main objective of the UDP is
to create a collection of spatially-enabled research-ready datasets on urban planning.
- Support data-driven research for the growth, progress and welfare of Houston and its communities
- House and provide access to an extensive data library in a secure computing environment
- Provide a wide range of high-quality geocoded and research ready data sets for studying the greater Houston area
- Provide training in data science, including secure data management and statistical learning methods
- Facilitate cross-disciplinary and community-based research
- Ability to get a clearer picture of Houston - and create a clearer path to solving urban problems - by conducting cross-disciplinary research using structured (and possibly linked) data.
- Allow researchers at Rice University and the Kinder Institute to conduct sophisticated and detailed urban research like never before.
- At a later stage, the data would be made available to researchers at other institutions in Houston and around the country.
- At a later stage, the data would inform a wide variety of government agencies and community groups interested in tackling Houston's urban problems.
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