The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) is an interuniversity partnership that pursues original urban research on the cutting edge of scholarship and public policy, with an emphasis on opportunities created by novel digital data.

BARI focuses on three major areas of activity:

Pursuing core research-policy partnerships and projects that use modern data to probe major themes and challenges facing greater Boston

Developing the Boston Data Portal to make emergent data sources accessible for research, policy, and practice

Convening and supporting Boston's civic data ecosystem through seed grants, events, and an online network.

Latest News

The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston: A Data Story Series on the Building Permits and Property Assessment Datasets

  Day 1: “Seeing” Investment in Boston’s Neighborhood’s through Building Permits   Building permits offer a unique window into patterns of investment across Boston–literally capturing the physical work being done by property owners to expand, improve, and newly construct the buildings of the city. In recognition of this fact, BARI has created a series of ecometrics (i.e.,…
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Published On: April 19, 2018 |

The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 4: Using Property Assessment Data to Calculate Changes in Properties’ Land Value and Floor Area Ratios

  Boston recently released its annual Property Assessment data, which provides detailed information on properties in Boston. The data set can be downloaded here, and documentation describing what is in the data set is available here. With the release of this dataset, there are many different questions that researchers and local practitioners can pursue at…
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Published On: April 13, 2018 |

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