Numerous research institutions and organizations in the Boston area have the resources to amass large quantities of data that can be used to inform the public on various issues in communities such as public safety, public health, the economy, civic health, and education to name a few examples. This data has the potential to drive social change by influencing public policy officials. However, what do community organizations or residents do if they are unable to easily access these important sources of data?
The Boston Foundation recognizes how important it is to democratize access to high quality data and information as well as make that data easy to visualize for the general public. On Tuesday, November 27, they unveiled their new website, BostonIndicators.org, at the Boston Hub of Innovation Forum. The website takes complicated data from ten key sectors and six cross-cutting topics and makes it accessible to the public through it's easy to navigate website and visualizations of data.Read more