University of São Paulo: Platform brings together unprecedented bibliographic collection on urban transformations in Brazil

A bibliographic database that gathers published information, under different editorial formats, about the various dimensions of the Brazilian urban area. This is the UrbanData-Brasil platform , an initiative that brings together references from more than 1,500 books, 7,900 articles, 1,000 papers, 6,000 monographs, theses and dissertations, launching on March 28, at 2 pm, and broadcasting live on CEM’s Youtube channel. The new site can be consulted at this link .

UrbanData-Brasil is linked to the Center for Metropolis Studies (CEM), one of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers of the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (Cepid-Fapesp), and to the Social Research Laboratory (Laps ) from the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences (FFLCH) at USP. It was organized into 35 thematic areas, an indexing criterion created by UrbanData-Brasil to aggregate bibliographic references according to the various fields of urban studies. Examples of areas are: gender and sexuality; housing; economic structure and labor market, among others.

“In addition, the classification also considers two other identification variables that make UrbanData-Brasil an innovative repository in relation to other databases developed with similar purposes”, highlights Bianca Freire-Medeiros, coordinator of UrbanData-Brasil and professor at the Department of Sociology at the FFLCH. One of them is the Temporal Reference, which indicates the chronological period to which the research refers. The other is the Spatial Reference, which is related to the scale, which goes from the more specific to the global place. Conventional indexers, such as “keyword” and “discipline”, are also used to locate references by the user. Most of the references have an abstract and link to the full document location.

“Another highlight is the Digital Collection, where you can find classic books by Licia Valladares, a pioneer in studies on Rio’s favelas and whose work is essential for scientists who are researching urban transformations from the point of view of socio-spatial segregation and inequality”, emphasizes Bianca, who is also a researcher at CEM.

Researchers who study urban Brazil and who want to insert their research references in UrbanData-Brasil can register on the site and send the information to the team. For this, it is necessary to enter the e-mail in the designated field of the page register your work and fill in the form that opens next.

The site was implemented by the Transfer and Dissemination team of CEM-Cepid/Fapesp, coordinated by Mariana Giannotti, professor at the Polytechnic School (Poli) at USP, where she coordinates the Geoprocessing Laboratory (LabGEO).

Tribute to Licia Valladares

To mark the launch of UrbanData-Brasil, the seminar honors its founder and pioneer of urban studies in Brazil, Licia Valladares, and will have the presence of researchers who were partners of the sociologist at various times in her career and who will discuss her legacy for the science: Adalberto Cardoso, associate professor of Sociology at the Institute of Social and Political Studies at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ); Anete Brito Leal Ivo, professor at the Graduate Program in Social Sciences and researcher at the Human Resources Center at the Federal University of Bahia (FFCH-UFBA); Enzo Mingione, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Sociology and Social Ricerca of the Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Italy; Linda Gondim, collaborating professor at the Graduate Program in Sociology and at the Master’s Program in Architecture at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC); and Maria Soledad Garcia Cabeza, professor in the Department of Sociology at the Universitat de Barcelona, ​​Spain.

The panel will be coordinated by Eduardo Marques, director of CEM, and by Bianca Freire-Medeiros, who will also make a presentation on the UrbanData-Brasil website. The live broadcast on the CEM Youtube Channel starts at 2 pm. Just wait on the profile home page and the video will automatically open when the broadcast starts. A special edition of the Urbanidades podcast will also be launched in honor of Licia Valladares.

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