Special Session: AURIN Portal Workshop

Day 3: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Swanston Academic Building, Building 80, Level 4, Room 19


The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) is a $20 Million initiative funded by the Australian Government ’s Super Science scheme. AURIN has built an e-infrastructure across Australia to facilitate access to distributed datasets and services to help urban researchers, designers, planners and community stakeholders understand patterns of urban phenomena and help navigate urban growth toward a sustainable future.

The AURIN Portal allows users to intuitively access over 400 datasets that can be interrogated, visualised and analysed through a suite of open source components. This workshop offers an introduction to the AURIN Portal and a chance to explore the open data services and spatial tools currently available on the system. Participants will be able to explore different states and cities across Australia, and zoom into suburbs to discover information on an area’s demographics, socio-economics, politics, health and other indicators.

The workshop includes a number of hands-on exercises where participants can shop for data, run spatial analysis and statistics, visualise outputs, and explore the advanced urban modelling and simulation tools the system has to offer. Using the AURIN network, workshop participants can connect to repositories of the latest urban research, hosted by organisations such as City of Melbourne (CoM), the Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD), the Centre for Full Employment and Equity (CoFEE), VicHealth, the Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) and many other groups across Australia.

A suite of analytical tools allows users to interactively chart complex information, generate detailed maps and perform detailed testing of urban areas for issues such as neighbourhood walkability analysis and scenario testing. Dr Jack Barton, the Urban Data and eResearch Facilitator for AURIN, will be running the session. Please bring your own laptop (and power), with a modern Internet Browser (Chrome, Safari or Firefox – Internet Explorer is not supported) and Wi-Fi capability.