Quality of Urban Life IG


Group details

Chris Pettit, Massimo Craglia, Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Mark Fox
Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Devika Madalli
Case Statement: 

In 2007 the world’s population became more urban than rural according to the United Nations. Urban Quality of Life (QoL) is the general well-being of individual and societies living in cities. As there is a growing number of the world's population moving into cities there is increasing importance for the need for urban QoL indicators that can benchmark and enable comparative analysis in and between cities so that the social, environmental, economic and cultural dimensions can utlimately be improved.

This RDA interest group is being set up to contribute to this challenge by identifying a minimum set of interoperable open access datasets across the social,  environmental, economic and cultural domains that can be used to build comparable indicators of Urban Quality of Life (QoL) in a global setting.



Recent Activity

08 Dec 2016

CUPUM Conference 2017 in South Australia.

Hi All,
Hope to see you at CUPUM 2017.
Apologies for cross postings
15th International Conference on
Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management
(CUPUM 2017)
Planning Support Systems for Resilient and Smart Urban Futures
Adelaide – Australia
July 11-14, 2017

07 Nov 2016

An Upper Level Ontology for Global City Indicators  talk by Mark Fox

Members of this WG may be interested in the first online session an upcoming (Th, Nov 10th) mini-series on "Domain Vocabularies, Ontologies and Semantics" - a Domain Vocabulary-Ontology Dialog


Call in information etc. is at http://ontologforum.org/index.php/DomainVocabularies#Domain_Vocabularies...


17 Sep 2016

Proposed project to create an urban indicator foundation ontology

The ultimate goal of publishing a city’s indicators is to enable the performance of longitudinal analysis (i.e., how and why a city's indicators change over time) and transversal analysis (i.e., how and why cities differ from each other at the same time). In other words, to discover the root causes of differences and act on them. However before we can focus on analysis, we have to solve the indicator representation problem. The representation problem can be divided into four parts:

28 Aug 2016

CUPUM 2017 15th International Conference in Adelaide, Australia.....Invitation to submit an abstract for a book chapter, conference paper or poster

Hi All,
Another posting....
The computers in urban planning urban management conference (CUPUM) is coming to Australia next year. Hope to see you there too.
Chris Pettit
15th International Conference on
Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management
(CUPUM 2017)
Adelaide - Australia
July 11-14, 2017
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28 Aug 2016

Quality of Urban Life Session - Denver 8th RDA Plenary Friday 16th of Sept.

Hi All,
We have a revised program for our interest group.
Hope to see many of you in Denver. Feel free to circulate this to others who might be interested in participating.
Meeting agenda
* Urban Analytics Data Infrastructure (Australia) - Chris Pettit (UNSW Australia) and Jane Hunter (Uni of Qld, Australia)

23 Aug 2016

Heads up on Domain Vocabulary BoF at P8

Will someone from RDA Quality of Urban Life be wlling to attend and summarize your effort and interest at the Domain Vocabulary Development, Standardization, Registration, Harmonization and Support Breakout  - Saturday17 Sept 11:00 - 12:30?

Since this meeting occurs at the end of P8 it is likly that there will be enough context to have a good exchange of interests and plans.

The idea is that each domain group will provide a brief summary of their work and as available: