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Friday, June 10 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Boston Data Portal Workshop

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Attendees of this workshop will learn to use the Boston Area Research Initiative’s (BARI) Boston Data Portal, an online platform where visitors of all experience levels can browse, map, analyze, and download a variety of data describing the people, places, and neighborhoods of Boston. The Data Portal consists of two main components: the Data Library, a repository where data can be downloaded along with documentation of their contents and origins; and BostonMap, where the same data can be visualized through interactive maps. The workshop is intended to demonstrate the data and tools provided by the Boston Data Library so they can use them to learn more about their own community, promote informed advocacy focused on Boston neighborhoods, and support the specific goals of their community.
Attendees will be able to:
  • See Neighborhoods through “Big” Data: The Data Portal provides metrics developed through BARI research that translate administrative data from the City of Boston into interpretable measures of neighborhood conditions, including physical disorder (i.e., “broken windows”), violent crime, custodianship, and investment and growth. These measures are joined by more traditional data, like Census indicators.
  • Walk Neighborhoods with StreetView: BostonMap allows you to combine data with the ability to “walk” through the physical context of a space, powered by Google’s StreetView. Share Your Own Customized Map: Participants will visualize various types of spati information, particular to their own interests, using BostonMap. The ability to save and easily distribute your own maps will be highlighted.
  • Participate in the Conversation about Boston Data: The Boston Data Portal is an ongoing project and we will discuss of how organizations and community members alike might it, enabling us to further improve the tool and identify new data of interest.
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Dan O'Brien

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

Friday June 10, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
Deborah Sampson Room