June 30, 2014 - Urban China Initiative (UCI) launched China’s first open-source city database on its revamped official website in a move to enhance studies on China urbanism.
The Urban China Database is designed to support fact-based urbanization research for China.
The Urban China Database is based on the data pool of UCI’s flagship research the Urban Sustainability Index (USI), China’s most comprehensive and effective urban index. USI is comprised of a group of indicators that provide a comprehensive assessment of a city’s sustainability performance across four categories: economy, society, resources, and environment.
For the first time, the Urban China Database makes accessible to the public the raw data and rankings of 185 Chinese cities and 11 international cities in 2005-2007. The data have come primarily from the official statistics from national and local Statistics Bureaus and have been re-organized and analyzed by UCI.
Users of the new website will be able to download theChina Urban Sustainability Index 2013report and the2013 USI City Best Practicecase study; to find out USI rankings by indicators; and to obtain raw USI data by selecting target city, year and indicator.
Besides the Urban China Database, UCI’s new site has established an expert network, hoping to provide a platform for leading urban experts from the public, private and academic sectors to come together and share their latest insights to promote China’s urbanization.
The new site has also provided information about UCI’s research projects and other resources. Aiming to be the source of the best and most innovative solutions to urban issues in China, UCI has undertaken various projects, including Urban Sustainability Index(USI), Flagship Research, and Grants. Detailed information about the projects can be accessed on the new site. Moreover, users will be able to download UCI reports, purchase UCI books and read UCI columns.
The Urban China Initiative (UCI) is a joint initiative of Columbia Global Centers |East Asia, the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University, and McKinsey & Company. Its mission is to catalyze the next stage of China’s urbanization by developing and piloting effective and innovative solutions to China’s urbanization challenges. It aims to evolve into an independent public-private think tank focusing on China’s urbanization issues.