- Stakeholders Initiative
- Global Urban Metabolism Dataset
Global Urban Metabolism Dataset
At the open source Metabolism of Cities website we want to create a database
with urban metabolism data and indicators. That is, we plan to examine a
variety of research studies that have calculated particular values (material
extraction, emissions, construction material use, imports, exports, etc.) for
an urban/provincial region. The metabolism indicators will also take into
account energy, water, air pollution as well as urban characteristics
indicators. By creating one large masterlist of these values it is much easier
for other researchers to see what values are out there and to compare their
own data to other studies. We aim to do this at different spatial scales as
well: region, city, municipalities, ... With this big masterlist it will
therefore also become possible to identify indicators for resource use and
Our current work in this project is logged under the Data section
on our website. The links below all point to the information under that section, because
we aim for this work to be a long-term, continuous project that will not end
when this Stakeholders Initiative ends.
Introduction post on our blog by Paul Hoekman. This post
discusses what the goals are of this project, why it is useful, and what
our long-term vision is.
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We have already registered hundreds of data points. Have a look at what we
have so far, and at the publications that we have identified at this point.
Read more »
You can help us with the development of this global dataset. Maybe you have done urban
metabolism research yourself, or maybe you can spend some time going through
journal publications to look for data.
Read more »
One of our earlier tools is a publications map, which shows where in the world
urban metabolism research has been done and published, based on our
Read more »
Would you like to participate? Now is the right time to take action! Here is a list of how
you can collaborate in this stakeholders initiative:
- Contribute data
We are looking for people who can provide us with data. Have you undertaken urban metabolism
research? Get in touch to contribute your information and to get
the data included in our global dataset.
- Help extract data
We are going through hundreds of pages of scientific literature and academic publications in
order to find relevant data points. And we need as many people on board to cover as much
as we can! Are you keen to help?
Get in touch now!
- Write a guest blog post
We welcome guest blog posts about any topic related to data visualization. It can be a personal
story about how you dealt with data visualizations, or a study of data visualizations in some of
the recent work done by authors you admire. Or anything else you feel contributes to this topic.
Interested? Let us know and we can discuss this topic! Contributions
are due any time before this stakeholder initiative ends.
- Collaborate in research
We are not just aiming to make this global urban metabolism dataset available, but we also
want to analyze this information. Are you interested in participating in this research
project? Let us know and we can discuss this topic!
- Contribute your own idea
We are open to any other idea as part of this Stakeholders Initiative. Do you have an activity
you'd like us to set up? Is there a creative idea you'd like to share with the people on the
mailing list? Do you have any other idea? Let us know right away!
- Sign up to our stakeholders initiative
If you haven't already, be sure to sign up to our Stakeholders Initiative so that you will
receive e-mails throughout the coming months about activities, posts, and other things we
organize in relation to this project.
- Tell a friend
We would like to reach as many people as possible. So send an e-mail to your friends, put
up a notice in the canteen of your faculty, or post this information to social media.
Tell your friends and colleagues!