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

What drives “broken windows” across Boston: Neighborhoods, streets, or addresses?

by Dan O’Brien   Urban researchers and policymakers often talk about “disparities” and “inequities” across the city, but the geographic scale of these issues is often unclear. Many speak of disadvantaged neighborhoods, but are Dorchester, South Boston, and Allston-Brighton homogeneous regions, with every pocket looking and feeling the same? How do things like crime, disorder,…
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Published On: November 9, 2018 |

The Price of Nothing: Examining Boston’s 2018 Vacant Parcels

by Mike Shields   How much does that vacant lot cost? As part of the Boston Area Research Initiative’s (BARI) recent release of the 2018 Geographic Infrastructure for the City of Boston, we examined the makeup of vacant parcels within the city by neighborhood. The City of Boston systematically categorizes parcels using Property Occupancy Codes….
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Recent Events

Boston Data Portal Training

Oct. 5th, 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 >



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