Open Data to Open Knowledge

City of Boston

Date Awarded
Grant Period
01/30/15 to 02/06/17
Focus Area
Media Innovation
Knight Library Initiative, Knight News Challenge

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  • Boston, MA

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Turning Boston's open data collection into an accessible resource by working with Boston Public Library to catalog it and introduce it to the public.

Boston, like many cities, has published a collection of “open data” that includes everything from building permits to a list of urban farms. The data tells a story about government and city life. Public interest in the data is clear -- with more than 14,000 views so far of neighborhood pothole data alone. But as with many forms of knowledge, making something available isn’t the same as making it useful. Through this project the city of Boston will work with local libraries to create a digital data catalog that will make it easier for residents, researchers and public employees to navigate. Once developed, the city and libraries will work together to introduce people to the resource, through, for example, introductory classes or data challenges where people are encouraged to analyze and visualize the data.

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Jascha Franklin-Hodge

Jascha Franklin Hodge, CIO, Dept. of Innovation & Technology leads the City’s efforts to enhance online service delivery, empower City employees with digital tools, and improve access to technology. Since 2009, Franklin-Hodge has served as an advisor to Code for America, a nonprofit which connects technologists with cities to solve civic challenges and encourage innovation.

Curt Savoie, Dept. of Innovation & Technology. Having a passion for using cutting edge data science techniques to derive valuable insights and turn data into information. Curt Savoie is a Boston University computer science graduate with an academic emphasis on data, logic, and mathematics

Anna Fahey-Flynn is the Collaborative Services Manager at the Boston Public Library. She acts as a liaison between the IT and Library Services divisions, as well as representing the Boston Public Library on a variety of state and national committees.

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