Data Hub Priority Plan 2021

For 2021, the Metabolism of Cities team has developed a priority plan in order to focus most of our energy on a specific project. After lengthy discussions within our team, we have decided to prioritize taking our Data Hub to the next level. Most importantly, after last year's focus on setting up the data collection and data processing tools and courses, we now want to look at the next phase. What do we do with data? How can we create analytical tools and academic applications that make the most out of the data hub? This is what we want to look into. The following core objectives have been defined.

MFA integration

Currently, the system allows for individual datasets to be uploaded. While it is technically possible to upload material flow analysis (MFA) data, the system does not yet provide the tools to classify data accordingly. We should be able to automatically calculate indicators, to identify data gaps, and to visualise the MFA as a whole (including sankey diagrams). Ideally, we would also allow people to create and manage their own private projects, where they can upload their own datasets without them necessarily becoming part of the public data repository (unless they want to). This is a bit like the OMAT system we had before.

Multi-scale integration

Our reference spaces can record data and information about any scale... from enterprise level to country level. It is now time to fully integrate a number of these different scales. The IRP has released a global material flows database at country-level. This can be used to add MFA data to all countries in our system. Secondly, we should load the economy-wide MFAs done on city level (many of which exist in the academic literature), and encourage our colleagues at Metabolism of Islands to also load these into their system. Once we have these different scales loaded with data, we can start connecting the scales, in order to record the relationship between e.g. a city, a province/state, a country, and a continent. Downscaling (or upscaling) should be possible, as a way to estimate numbers if accurate data is not (readily) available.

API and data export development

It should be possible to export data from our website into other applications. A low-hanging fruit is to export our data in a standard CSV format, and to integrate them with Jupyter notebooks, which would allow researchers to run more advanced analyses and modeling tools written in Python, using our data and this open source platform. We can also consider options for people to embed our charts, maps, and data onto their website (akin to how Our World in Data allows you to embed their charts).

NOTE: we will be adding relevant tasks in the list below over the coming weeks (April 2021). Please stay tuned for this.

Latest updates

Compile authoritative sources for reference space groups

Status change: In Progress → Completed

Carolin Bellstedt | 2 minutes ago
Compile authoritative sources for reference space groups

I've made a web page titled "Sources for reference space groups" and compiled the list there. I'm neither set on that name nor on the slug (@Paul, feel free to …

Carolin Bellstedt | 5 minutes ago
Compile authoritative sources for reference space groups

Status change: Open → In Progress

Carolin Bellstedt | 44 minutes ago
Compile authoritative sources for reference space groups

Task was assigned to Carolin Bellstedt

Carolin Bellstedt | 44 minutes ago
Compile authoritative sources for reference space groups

Hi Paul, Ok, great. Yes, that makes sense. I've made a new task for the setup of these pages, as this was a rather big side note ;) Also noted …

Carolin Bellstedt | 44 minutes ago
Carolin Bellstedt | 45 minutes ago
Upload population data for countries

Hi Aris, Let's use Munich as our guinea pig / storage "animal". Brussels is too busy with its own data and that makes it messy. No one is currently actively …

Carolin Bellstedt | an hour ago
Aristide Athanassiadis | 2 hours ago
Upload population data for countries

Hey all, where should we upload proxy data (population, GDP, etc.) for countries. One specific city as our guinea pig? Brussels has plently of NUTS stuff but I don't know …

Aristide Athanassiadis | 2 hours ago
Upload population data for countries

Task was assigned to Aristide Athanassiadis

Aristide Athanassiadis | 3 hours ago
Aristide Athanassiadis | 3 hours ago
Upload IRP global MFA

Small update, apparently there is a more detailed IRP dataset that I requested now. Hope we will get it ASAP so I can work on it.

Aristide Athanassiadis | 3 hours ago
Upload IRP global MFA

So I'm having a look at the "Countries in the World" shapefile that was uploaded and processed to get a better sense of what are the available fields and what …

Aristide Athanassiadis | 6 hours ago
Upload IRP global MFA

Status change: Open → In Progress

Aristide Athanassiadis | 6 hours ago
Carolin Bellstedt | 1 day, 5 hours ago

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We invite everyone to join in our Data Hub Priority Plan for 2021. Our entire project is an open-source, community-led effort, and you can help in small or large ways. Take on a specific task in our task list, add your comments and feedback to the ongoing work, or join our team on an ongoing basis to build our new tools.

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Task Details Points Last update
Compile authoritative sources for reference space groups
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
General Research Work
Completed | Medium priority
8 2 minutes ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Upload MFA data from paper: Energy and material flows of megacities
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Upload Data
Open | Medium priority
15 1 week, 3 days ago
by Paul Hoekman
Upload IRP global MFA
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Upload Data
In Progress | Medium priority
15 3 hours, 28 minutes ago
by Aristide Athanassiadis
Restructure Data Layer Tags
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
In Progress | Medium priority
5 1 week, 3 days ago
by Paul Hoekman
Set up economic data processing
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open | Medium priority
5 1 day, 5 hours ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Add “data quality” indication for collected and processed data
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open | Medium priority
5 1 day, 5 hours ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Upload population data for countries
Metabolism of Cities
Upload Data
Open | Medium priority
15 1 hour, 5 minutes ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Upload employment per ISIC code for countries
Metabolism of Cities
Upload Data
Open | Medium priority
15 2 hours, 29 minutes ago
by Aristide Athanassiadis
Create / gather content for manual pages in the ABOUT section
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Communication and engagement
Open | Medium priority
5 45 minutes ago
by Carolin Bellstedt

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