FOSS4G-Asia 2023 Seoul

Urbanity: A Global Tool for Open Urban Network Analytics
12-01, 09:30–11:00 (Asia/Seoul), Workshop Room

City planning is a hard task given the scale and complexity of urban systems. Urban planners need better tools to help them understand and contextualise large urban systems. To address this concern, we introduce Urbanity, an open global tool that provides planners a seamless interface to generate city-scale representation of urban networks and their contextual features. Urbanity is developed with Python and built entirely on open source software and open data. The tool has been applied and tested at a global scale and demonstrates the powers and promises of urban analytics across any geographical location and scale. The proposed workshop session will include: 1) a presentation on Urbanity, 2) demonstration of its key functionalities, and 3) a step-by-step code along session to use Urbanity in urban science workflows. Urbanity plays an important role in helping urban planners and policymakers to make sense of the big data that is emerging from cities.

Winston is PhD candidate at the Urban Analytics Lab, National University of Singapore. Open source is a large part of his PhD. Part of his PhD culminated in a review of open source software for urban planning. He works on both urban theory and application and has developed open source software, urban dashboards, and web and mobile apps to support urban analytics.