About

Over 80% of the planet is affected by increased urbanization – a clarion call for evidence-based innovation to improve the resiliency, health, and well-being of cities and their inhabitants. To lead a focused response, the University of Washington (through a partnership between the UW eScience Institute, Urbanalytics and Urban@UW) and the University of British Columbia (through a partnership between UBC’s Data Science Institute and UBC’s Sustainability Initiative) have formed the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative (CUAC), an applied, interdisciplinary, regional center that brings together academic researchers, students, and public stakeholder groups to address topics affecting citizens of the Cascadia region. The specific focus of CUAC is data science for social good in an urban context: high-impact data science and analytics projects that aim to understand and extract valuable actionable information out of data from urban environments in the Cascadia region at a neighborhood level. CUAC applies a fine-grained approach to data science through interdisciplinary partnerships across fields such as public policy, urban planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, sociology, real estate, computer science and law. CUAC projects span all data science topics, with a particular focus on equitable transportation, housing stability, population health and responsible data science.

Projects

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Cascadia Law Initiative

The Cascadia Law Initiative (CLI) is developing the legal background necessary to foster collaboration on urban analytics projects throughout the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.

UBC | UW

Housing Stability
Population Health

Neighborhood Change Project

Investigating the effects of neighborhood change on racial and socioeconomic differences in health, housing and migration through granular data

UBC | UW

Housing Stability

Equitable Futures Project

Starting in the DSSG program, a UW team examines the impacts of population growth, construction, access to resources and housing affordability in Seattle

UW

DSSG
Housing Stability
Population Health
Transportation

Transportation Data Collaborative

The development of a linked data repository with public and private transportation data, protected by institutional governance at UW

UW

Responsibile Data Science
Transportation

Open Sidewalks

Project at the UW Taskar Center for Accessible Technology to incorporate pedestrian ways, particularly sidewalks, into the open data transportation network

UW

Transportation

Cruising Traffic Analysis

DSSG team at UW developed algorithms to quantify aggregated levels of vehicle traffic that are “cruising” for parking, or for-hire vehicles between customers

UW

DSSG
Transportation

Early Child Education Project

UBC students partnered with United Way - Avenues of Change to facilitate a data-driven approach to improving child readiness to enter Grade 1 in Guildford West, B.C.

UBC

DSSG

Surrey Transportation Project

DSSG team at UBC partnered with the Surrey Transportation Department, creating data visualization tools to analyze bus route performance and demographics

UBC

DSSG
Transportation

ORCA Data Project

Analyzing electronic fare card data from seven Puget Sound transit agencies to examine transit activity at recently opened light rail stations and data collection bias

UW

DSSG
Transportation

Investment and Intergovernmental Project

UBC fellows partnered with the City of Surrey to create an interactive economic profile of the city’s town centers using data analysis and visualization tools

UBC

DSSG

BC Tourism Inventory Project

Summer team at UBC gathered data on tourist activity in British Columbia to create a ranking system that supports planning and development of destinations

UBC

DSSG

Latest Articles

News + Events

Quantifying Displacement of Seattle and King County Residents

University of British Columbia DSSG Midterm Event

Data Science for Social Good Projects Begin

UBC Allard School of Law Chronicles Cascadia Law Project

UW eScience Institute Calls for Data Science for Social Good Applications and Proposals

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Media

Meeting of the Minds • January 30, 2018

Cascadia Showcases How a Coordinated Corridor Strategy Can Reinforce Urban Innovation

UBC News • November 22, 2017

What your tweets say about your commute

Microsoft • September 12, 2017

Students ‘create something really incredible’ in broader aim to help two cross-border cities thrive together

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Get Involved

To provide background information about existing research that would benefit from connecting to the CUAC community, please complete a brief survey via the UW Urbanalytics website. To request access to the CUAC Slack Group, send an email to urbandat@uw.edu. Read this blog post to learn about the following project ideas developed at the CUAC Summit:

  • Tracking Climate Change Targets: Visualization Platform
  • Model for Connecting Jurisdictional Data Related to Social Determinants of Health
  • Comparative Legal Review: Access to Data, Governance
  • Impacts of Transit Corridor Development on Equity, Housing, Gentrification and Future Growth
  • Transportation Accessibility and Equity
  • Data Science-Enabled “Bottom-Up” Understanding, e.g. Housing, Transportation, Jobs, Social, and Substance Abuse
  • Homelessness and Service Availability: Mapping, Comparative Analytics
  • Emergency Services (Opioid Epidemic)
  • Transportation Modeling: Best Practices and Standards
  • Land Parcel Dataset
  • International Housing Market Dataset: Supply-Oriented
  • Data Consulting for Cities, Inventory, Needs Assessment

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