Novel and open data sources (e.g. mobile phone call detail records, social media content, public transport timetables) can open valuable new possibilities to study and understand complex patterns of urban accessibility and mobility. There are also increasingly methods and approaches available to deal with this type of big datasets but at the same time, the methodological development is faster than any research group can alone keep up with.

Focus of this project is to arrange a series of science workshops relating to the topics of urban mobility and accessibility. In these workshops we aim to increase our understanding about the potential of novel data sources for mobility/accessibility research. The workshop series culminates to the next international transport research related NECTAR conference, which will be organized by our Digital Geography Lab research group in Helsinki in June 2019.

The workshop series has three interlinking objectives:

  • 1) To establish a national hub for the accessibility and mobility research, which brings together researchers and planners dealing with these topics.
  • 2) To strengthen international networks to top researchers in the field in order to lay a foundation for international comparisons and to increase knowledge and understanding of the most recent methods and data sources.
  • 3) To create practices for novel and more open ways of scientific working, where actors can jointly identify significant research questions and aim to answer these questions collaboratively.  

The project is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and strongly links to our other accessibility and mobility related projects.