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

Building New Measures of Neighborhood Context with 911 Data: A User’s Guide

by Dan O’Brien   A major part of our work at the Boston Area Research Initiative is making sense of large, complex data sets that are generated by administrative processes-resources that many refer to as “big data”-in order to better understand the city. One aspect of this is developing ways to measure and track the…
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Published On: May 24, 2019 |

Mapping crime trajectories in Boston: where did different crime rates rise, and where did they fall?

by Alex Ciomek   Crime in Boston, and nationally, varies from year to year and from neighborhood to neighborhood. Given the potential for different trends over time across Boston, we adjusted crime rates according to citywide trends in order to better understand crime trajectories in different neighborhoods. We determine how the crime trajectories of individual…
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Published On: May 23, 2019 |

Upcoming Events

Boston Data Portal Training

March 7th, 9 AM – 12 PM, Northeastern Crossing

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) and Northeastern Crossing are partnering to offer a hybrid version of our community-based training, bringing together local community organizations with faculty and students from Northeastern. The training will cover the 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. Read more >