STARTER KIT

An Open Data Guide for Urban Explorers

WHAT IS ANALYZE BOSTON? Analyze Boston is the City of Boston's new open data hub, where you can find facts, figures, and maps related to our lives within the city – all in one convenient digital location.

Datasets are available in a variety of file formats to suit your needs, and the mobile-friendly platform allows you to research on the go.

Check it out for yourself at...

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WHAT CAN YOU CREATE? With the transition to a consistent public domain license, you can use these datasets however you want, without restrictions.

DATA-DRIVEN STORIES

VISUALIZATIONS

APPLICATIONS

MORE!

Be sure to let us know whenever you make or learn something awesome – we would love to showcase your work on the site.

Check out some examples of available datasets on the pages that follow!

SAMPLE DATASET

311 SERVICE REQUESTS The Mayor’s Office tracks requests for non-emergency city services and information made by constituents via the 311 hotline, app, Twitter, and website.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

# 939,790+ records

• CASE OPEN & CLOSE DATES • LOCATION • CATEGORY • PHOTOS

Updates daily

HOW COULD YOU USE THIS DATA? You could make

that can

a community taskforce

promote civic engagement in Boston neighborhoods with low rates of service request submissions

SAMPLE DATASET

BOSTON LANDMARKS COMMISSION The Landmarks Commission is Boston’s historic preservation agency. They perform a wide range of preservation planning and cultural resource management functions.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

# 166 records

• NAME OF LANDMARK • LOCATION • LINK TO REPORT ON HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE

HOW COULD YOU USE THIS DATA? You could make

that can

a mobile tourism app about Boston’s history map landmark locations, alert users when they are approaching a point of interest, and link out to historical documents related to each site

SAMPLE DATASET

CITYSCORE SUMMARY CityScore is an initiative designed to inform the Mayor and city managers about the overall health of the City at a moment’s notice by aggregating key performance metrics into one number.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

# 277+ records

• DAILY CITYSCORE • WEEKLY CITYSCORE • MONTHLY CITYSCORE

Updates daily

• QUARTERLY CITYSCORE

HOW COULD YOU USE THIS DATA? You could make

that can

a data-driven story

explore possible correlations between Boston’s CityScore and factors such as the weather, local sporting events, etc.

SAMPLE DATASET

ACTIVE FOOD ESTABLISHMENT LICENSES The Health Division of Inspectional Services creates and enforces food safety codes. All businesses in Boston must apply for a permit before they can offer food to the public.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

# 2,933+ records

• NAME OF BUSINESS • LOCATION • PHONE NUMBER

Updates daily

• DATE LICENSED

HOW COULD YOU USE THIS DATA? You could make

that can

a restaurant map

uncover food deserts and opportunities for entrepreneurs to open new restaurants in underserved neighborhoods

GLOSSARY CKAN: The Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN) is an open source data management system for storage and distribution of data across the web, built and maintained by Open Knowledge. CKAN powers the City of Boston's new open data hub, providing enhanced navigation and search functionality.

DATA: Data can be thought of as facts, statistics, or other values systematically collected for reference, analysis, and calculation. Data becomes informative when it’s structured, often combined with other datasets, and analyzed to extract meaning.

DATASET: An organized collection of data commonly presented in a spreadsheet (where columns represent variables and each row contains values for those variables) or in a form of a map.

OPEN DATA: Open data is the proactive release of government collected data that is made publicly available through an open license to enable citizens to freely access, reuse, and redistribute. From a technical perspective, open data is available in machine readable file formats and allows users to download data related to government operations or service delivery in bulk.

OPEN GOVERNMENT: Open government is a governing principle that serves to support transparency, collaboration, and engagement with the public by implementing policies and utilizing technology to emphasize the sharing of government information.

OPEN SOURCE: Open source software is freely available to the public. Users are free to inspect it, modify it, and use the code for their own purposes.

PUBLIC DOMAIN: No copyright exists over the work, and users can utilize available data for their own purposes without restrictions.

PUBLIC RECORD: The Massachusetts General Laws broadly define public records to include all "books, papers, maps, photographs, recorded tapes, financial statements, statistical tabulations, or other documentary materials or data, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received by any officer or employee" of any Massachusetts governmental entity.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Analyze Boston will officially launch in Spring 2017. In the meantime, any questions, comments, or bug reports you can share with us will help us improve the site’s functionality and content.

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Analyze Boston is made possible by grant funding awarded by the Knight Foundation's Knight News Challenge on Libraries that established the Open Data to Open Knowledge project.

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