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

@BARIexplorer beats the heat: tweeting the temperatures of Boston’s streets

Summer is here! And with it, hot weather. Heat is more than an excuse to go to the beach or sweat-inducing inconvenience, however. It can be a major health hazard, especially for the very old, very young, and those with underlying conditions. To this effect, starting today we are repurposing the BARI Parcel Explorer—our Twitter…
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Published On: July 2, 2020 |

@BARIexplorer 3.0: housing, diversity, and education

by Will Pfeffer, Riley Tucker, and Edgar Castro   We built the @BARIexplorer Twitter bot last year, as a way to showcase some of the open datasets that we make available through the Boston Data Portal in a new way. The first version of the bot would pick a parcel in Boston at random and…
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Published On: April 16, 2020 |

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 >