About the Urban Big Data Centre

The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) is a research resource promoting the use of innovative methods and complex urban data to address global city challenges.

Funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council , the UBDC is a unique facility that brings together the expertise of urban social scientists, data scientists and statisticians from the University of Glasgow and six partner universities. We support policy makers, businesses, third sector organisations and everyday citizens to harness the potential of big data to develop solutions for environmentally sustainable, economically resilient and socially just cities.

The UBDC has been established in order to support a wide range of users conducting research on urban data and urban issues. The UBDC Data Portal is part of our larger data service offering, which allows researchers to work on Œbig data¹ (large volumes, mixed origins) and on data which is potentially sensitive, containing personal information about individuals ­ or indeed both at the same time. If you are interested in working with additional data, partnering with us, or have any questions, please contact us using the following details:

Website: http://ubdc.ac.uk Email: ubdc@glasgow.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0) 141 330 2893 Post: Urban Big Data Centre, 7 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, G12 8RZ

Privacy and Cookies


This statement outlines the information gathered during your visit to the Urban Big Data Centre's web servers and explains how this information is treated. If you choose to request information from this site you will need to pass personal data to the Centre through this site. Where you actively provide personal data to the Centre [for example, by completing a web form] this data will be used only for the service you have requested unless you consent otherwise at the time of submitting the data.

Licensed Use of Data

We may share information related to the licensed use of data provided by UBDC, including details of licensees, projects and outputs with licensors for licence compliance reasons.

Data protection

The gathering, storage, use, release and disposal of personal information is regulated by the General Data Protection Regulations. The Urban Big Data Centre's policy and guidelines with respect to the regulations, are published by the University of Glasgow's Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office.

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act

The records of the Urban Big Data Centre are subject to the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) 2002 Act. The Act gives individuals a general right of access to all types of recorded information, of any age, held by the Centre. The Urban Big Data Centre's policy and guidelines with respect to the Freedom of Information Act (Scotland) 2002 are published by the University of Glasgow's Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office.

The information collected

Log files

The Centre's website does not automatically capture or store personal data from visitors to the site, other than to log your IP address and session information. Session information includes the time and duration of your visit to the site, the files requested, and the browser used. This information will only be accessed by authorised persons of the Urban Big Data Centre or its agents. The information will be retained by the Centre and will only be used for the purpose of (a) managing the site system, (b) the identification of broken links, and (c) for statistical and audit purposes.

Web Forms

You may occasionally be asked to provide personal information to gain access to specific services. By supplying such information the client consents to the Centre storing the information for the stated purpose.

This privacy policy does not cover the links within this site to other non-University sites nor the content of external internet sites.


Cookies are small text files passed to your computer by the web server via your browser, and may be used to collect information to help identify you and prepare customised pages for you. Cookies may remain on your computer either for the duration of the session or indefinitely. You can configure most standard web browsers to refuse cookies.

Occasionally, we give users the opportunity to save settings for viewing pages. This involves the setting of a cookie. We do not track such cookies.

Information on cookies can be obtained from www.allaboutcookies.org.

Google Analytics

The Urban Big Data Centre and our authorised agents make use of Google Analytics to produce anonymised statistics on website usage: to help us to improve our site and the experience of our users. Google Analytics uses cookies in this process. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. All data collected is anonymised.