A few weeks ago I started participating in DataSwap 2013. This is an ongoing, 8-month project that brings people from a variety of backgrounds together to better understand Boston through data. It’s being co-sponsored by the GlobeLab, the NULab at Northeastern, and the Boston Area Research Initiative–all places I was really excited to learn about.
My team is working with data from the Boston Tax Assessor’s Office on the assessed value of all Boston properties over the last 13 years. We will be creating analyses and maps that examine the changing economic fortunes of the city and its neighborhoods over time.
Initially, I am going to be looking at assessment ratios—how a building’s assessed value for tax purposes compares to its market value. We’ll look at this how this ratio varies with house price and across the city.
We’ll be posting updates on our progress every two weeks at the project blog.