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 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 |

The Good, the Bad, and the Honest in Open Science: Refurbishing the BARI Geographical Infrastructure

by Dan O’Brien This week we are releasing the 2019 update of BARI’s Geographical Infrastructure for the City of Boston (GI). The GI is a critical resource for enabling all of BARI’s research in that it organizes the city into 17 nested levels of geography—from parcels to streets to census geographies to administrative boundaries—providing .csvs…
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Published On: December 9, 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 >