April 6, 2017
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This is the inaugural issue of BARI's bi-monthly newsletter, which we have established as part of our mission to support a thriving local civic data ecosystem. This newsletter will go hand-in-hand with a monthly digest featuring news and events to keep you up to date. Herein you will find recent News; Upcoming Events; a Research Profile of a person, center, or project doing interesting things in greater Boston; In Case You Missed It, which recaps events and news of the last month; and Other Opportunities, including job postings, calls for papers, and other solicitations relevant to urban science and policy.

We hope you find the newsletter both interesting and useful. Please keep us informed of your own news, events, and opportunities so we can feature them in future issues. Also, any feedback you might have on content and format would be greatly appreciated as we continue to develop the format in coming months.

-Dan O'Brien, Rob Sampson, Chris Winship
Co-Directors, Boston Area Research Initiative


BostonMap visual showing percent foreign-born in Boston

-Ryan Wang, BARI Associate Director of Research on Social Media, has been awarded internal funding from Northeastern University to initiate a project on Neighborhood Connectivity and Social Inequality. For more information on this project, click here.

-BARI has released updated Census Indicators for 2011-2015 on the BostonMap and the Boston Data Library. More information on the data can be found here.

Upcoming Events

-Analyze Boston will graduate from “beta” status and officially launch on Thursday, April 6th. That evening, they’ll showcase the new site, talk about its development, and answer questions at an event hosted by General Assembly during one of their “Talk Data to Me” events. Space is limited, so sign up now for a free ticket.

This launch on April 6th will also coincide with a month-long event called the Analyze Boston Open Data Challenge, where individuals or teams can compete for prizes by sharing their best analyses, visualizations, models, and applications built on newly published and improved datasets.

-On Saturday, April 8th, Northeastern University will be hosting an "Urban Tensions Hackathon" where participants will use urban data, including datasets from BARI, to tell stories of cities and conflict. The event is free and open to all. To register, click here.

-Help bring Hubway data to life for the chance to win great prizes! The 2017 Hubway Data Challenge is ongoing, and you still have time to enter before the April 10th deadline. To view the official rules and guidelines of the challenge, click here.

-As part of the Inequality in Social Policy series hosted by the Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy at Harvard University, BARI Co-Director Rob Sampson will be giving a lecture titled "The Life Course of Crime and Criminalization" on MondayApril 24th. For more information, click here.

Research Profile

head shot of Merce Crosas

This month we are featuring the work of our colleague Mercè Crosas, Chief Data Science and Technology Officer at the Institute of Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. Mercè has long been involved with BARI and she serves on the BARI Advisory Council with her colleague Cris Rothfuss, IQSS’ Executive Director. 

Through her work with the Dataverse Project, which hosts BARI'S Boston Data Library, Mercè helped to host a recent Data Rescue event at Harvard. Bringing together students, faculty, and data experts from across Boston, the event sought to find and harvest public governmental datasets for archiving. To read more about Mercè's work and the Data Rescue events, click here.

In Case You Missed It

-During the month of March, BARI Co-Director Dan O'Brien shared his insights on Boston Area Research Initiative and the Master of Science in Urban Informatics at Northeastern in a new month-long content series hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations. To review the material he shared and to learn more about urban data science, click here.

Other Opportunities

-City of Boston is hiring a Data and Performance Analyst to join the Department of Innovation and Technology. For details on the position and to apply, click here.

-Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is hiring a Socioeconomic Analyst in the Data Services Department. For details on the position and to apply, click here.

-The International Journal for Data Science has put out a call for papers for its next issue, and the deadline to apply is May 1st. For submission guidelines, click here.

-The Information Processing and Management Journal has put out a call for papers on processing social media data in real time, and the deadline to apply is July 7th. For submission guidelines, click here.

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