The MetroBoston DataCommon, a partnership between the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the Boston Indicators Project, is an interactive data portal and mapping tool with information about the region’s people, neighborhoods, infrastructure, and environmental resources. It is a resource for all those seeking to better understand how the region and its communities are changing, and help residents, planners, city and town officials, educators, and journalists explore options and make informed decisions.
Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Friday, January 27th, 2012
More data are available today than ever before. In addition, new tools are making it easier to explore trends, craft powerful stories, and spur change. Learn how to access information, meet colleagues from across sectors, and get inspired to apply data to your work, all for free at Data Day 2013!
Data Day 2013 is a free day-long conference aimed at helping non-profits, media organizations, civic institutions and municipalities expand their capacity to use technology and data in innovative ways to advance community and organizational goals. Geared for data users at all levels, participants will choose from a number of interactive workshops on tools and techniques for exploring trends, crafting data-driven stories and spurring community change.
The day will provide an excellent professional development opportunity for organizations looking to get the most from their existing resources and staff.
Workshop categories: Category 1 – Basic data methods, tools, and technology skills Category 2 – Topic-specific workshops * Category 3 – Technical discussions of emerging issues and technologies
(Please attend the workshop you pre-registered for or check with staff about capacity in other sessions.)
How data can be used to drive and track community change.
An introduction to data mapping concepts and techniques, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Learn about the wealth of data in the U.S. Census and how to quickly find facts and figures on the Census Bureau website: American FactFinder and The Boston Redevelopment Authority's MyNeighborhood Census Viewer.
Learn the basics about how to design and implement a survey to collect data for your project or organization.
Explore new on-line tools and applications for collecting data and community building in your neighborhood.
You have your data, now craft a story and get your message heard.
Government agencies and universities showcase their mapping websites. Join the discussion on lessons learned, best practices, and potential opportunities to collaborate. (Category 3)
How to use data to influence the MBTA's proposed fare increases and service cuts. (Category 2)
Box lunches (if pre-purchased) available outside ballroom on Mezzanine Level. Other lunch options listed in folder. Poster exhibits open for viewing.
Harvest local knowledge from experts in the fields of demography, housing, transportation, technology, community development, education, public health, zoning and land use, and environment and energy during this networking opportunity.
The MetroBoston DataCommon has been our region's go-to data viewer and web mapper since 2007. At Data Day, MAPC and the Boston Foundation will officially launch the DataCommon 2.0, completely redesigned with all-new Community Profiles, an easier-than-ever map interface, and a powerful new data visualization tool known as WEAVE. Create by UMass Lowell and the National Open Indicators Consortium, WEAVE will help users at all levels to analyze large datasets and visualize the results to guide your work and influence public policy. Join us for the worldwide launch of this powerful new tool and find out how it can help you better understand your neighborhood and drive community change!
A discussion about open-source development collaborations, “civic apps,” and the Open Indicators Consortium. (Category 3)
Learn to track change in Boston and Greater Boston.
Learn how to conduct research and create custom maps using the MetroBoston DataCommon.
Learn how to conduct research and create custom maps using the MetroBoston DataCommon. (Category 1)
Learn about how to identify and use labor market data.
Explore how to create custom reports, find timely data, and more from the U.S. Census Bureau's FactFinder website.
Come learn about cool tools and projects that engage youth in their community through data collection, analysis, and communication. (Category 2)
An introduction to assessment tools and methodologies for understanding local food environment, walkability, and more.