City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment

A Low Carbon Living Spatial Data Hub: Establishing the Case for the Development of an Integrated Spatial Data Server and Analysis

This scoping project sat across two of the three program areas of the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRC LCL).  It aimed to assess the ‎scope for developing an integrated building level and cadastrally organised relational ‎database and analysis capacity to link the full range of geo-coded data which will be ‎necessary to operationalize the Living Laboratory concept as well as the broader objectives ‎of the CRC LCL.  ‎It also reviewed the requirements generated by the need to undertake a range of ‎survey and spatial modelling activities at a range of spatial scales to ‎both support specific research projects as well as to form a significant research tool in its own ‎right.‎ The analysis of the CRC LCL funded projects and discussions with the program and project leaders made it clear that a large number of the funded projects used spatial data, were interested in accessing spatial information and would generate outputs at different spatial scales. Furthermore, it was understood that in future there would be an increase in the number of such projects as CRC LCL matures and moves from the initial pilot and scoping studies phase to more specific place-based research across Australia. The key outcome of this scoping study was the specification options for an integrated spatial data facility – the Low ‎Carbon Living Data Hub – that would provide a central resource for all research undertaken ‎under the CRC, stimulate further research that would use and add to the Data Hubs dataset holdings as well as linking the empirical outcomes into other major eResearch initiatives currently under ‎development in Australia.

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CRC for Low Carbon Living