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The platform 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.

Mission

By bringing together hundreds of different datasets about urban Houston on the same computer platform – covering demographics, housing, health, education, transportation, you name it – researchers and others can conduct research projects across these datasets to provide new insights. It offers a deeper understanding of Houston’s people, government and built environment. The Urban Data Platform (UDP) team also supports statistical training methods related to urban analytics. 

Strategic Goals

  • 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

Contact

Email: kinder-udp@rice.edu

For more, visit the Urban Data Platform.

Leadership

Katherine B. Ensor

Katherine Bennett Ensor

  • Kinder Fellow
  • Professor of Statistics, Rice University
  • Director, Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems
  • Director, Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform
  • Research Oversight Committee, Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform
713-348-4132
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Rudy Guerra

  • Kinder Fellow
  • Houston Education Research Consortium Research Affiliate
  • Professor of Statistics, Rice University
  • Assistant Director, Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform
  • Research Oversight Committee, Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform
713-348-4132
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William Fulton

  • Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Research Oversight Committee, Urban Data Platform
713-348-2698
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Jie Wu

  • Director of Research Management, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Research Oversight Committee, Urban Data Platform
713-348-3856
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Team

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Bryan Evans

  • GIS Developer, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
713-348-8216
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Mamta Singh

  • SAS/R Programmer, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
713-348-4138
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Matthew Krause

  • GIS Analyst, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
713-348-5144
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Hien Le

  • Business Systems Analyst, Children's Environmental Health Initiative
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Ruiyang Li

  • GIS Analyst, Children's Environmental Health Initiative
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Claire Osgood

  • Data Manager, Children's Environmental Health Initiative
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Joshua Tootoo

  • Director of Training and Geospatial Services, Children's Environmental Health Initiative
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Jie Wu

  • Director of Research Management, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Research Oversight Committee, Urban Data Platform
713-348-3856
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