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The Australian Urban research Infrastructure Network initiative: Providing a comprehensive e-Research capability for urban and built environment researchers in Australia

Cities and towns Urban planning eResearch Australia
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The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) ( is a $20 million project funded under the Australian Government’s Super Science initiative. Its objective is to develop and implement an e-Infrastructure providing researchers access to comprehensive sets of diverse data from multiple sources with a capability to integrate and analyse those data. Researchers will be provided e-Research services enabling them to interrogate those data using a ‘tool-kit’ of analytical, modeling, simulation and visualization procedures. Developing the AURIN research infrastructure will involve close collaboration with other existing research infrastructure initiatives and with existing research institutions and public and private agencies. This paper outlines the AURIN project, its focus and the capabilities it will provide to researchers.

This paper was presented at SOAC 5 held in Melbourne from 29 November – 2 December 2011.

The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research.

SOAC 5 was hosted by the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and Latrobe University as well as the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Grattan Institute, the Victorian State Government and the City of Melbourne.

Three plenary panels brought researchers from across the country to address ‘big issues’: place-based disadvantage, the design and form of Australian cities, and metropolitan governance. Over 175 papers, in 46 themed sessions, cover topics ranging from planning and governance for environmental sustainability, to housing affordability and adequacy in the context of an aging population. Healthy communities, better public transport, high quality open space, participatory planning, and issues affecting the peri-urban fringe are also strong sub-themes within this conference.
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