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Open Data Catalog

Use the information below to explore possible uses for datasets in the City of Boulder's open data catalog.

Dataset Areas of Inquiry
3D Buildings What are the highest points in the city? How can these be use to the advantage of the community in the case of disaster recovery or emergency response?
Active Business Licenses What are the most common types of businesses in the City of Boulder? How many exempt businesses are in the city?
Annexation What can annexation patterns tell us about changes in our city? What kinds of land are being annexed? How often?
Arts and Culture Grant Program Awardees What Boulder arts and culture organizations and individuals receive funding through the City?
BVCP Future Land Use How do land use plans interact with other datasets available (ex. Tree canopy, access to trails, flood plains)?
BVCP Planning Area (I, II, III) How do land use plans interact with other datasets available (ex. Tree canopy, access to trails, flood plains)?
Benchmarks Use this data to help inform other analysis.
Building Performance Program What are the city's highest and lowest performing buildings in the city? What are the dynamics of efficiency across our city real estate? Are there any trends?
City Floodplain What properties are located in the floodplain? Of the properties in the floodplain, which were affected by the 2013 flood?
City Limits Use this data to help inform other analysis.
Columbia Cemetery What are the notable accomplishments of the individuals who are buried here?
Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Source and Sector Which source and sector contribute most significantly to annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions? Have those trends changed over time from the baseline year (2005) to the most recent reporting year?
ConnectBoulder Wi-Fi Coverage What does the map of use look like over time? Where are our pockets of limited access? How does that overlap with land use designations or sub communities?
ConnectBoulder Wi-Fi Usage What does the map of use look like over time? Where are our pockets of limited access? How does that overlap with land use designations or sub communities?
Construction Permits What do permits tell us about changes in Boulder? What types of work are being done? How much and how many over what time period? How episodic is the work? Where is the work being done?
Consulting Services Actual Expenditures What do our patterns of external support potentially tell us about community priorities? Does this change over time?
Creeks and Ditches How does water flow in Boulder? What is the interaction between the 2013 floods (different data set) and this data?
Crime Locations Have there been changes in crimes in Boulder over time? What impacts do seasons have on crimes? What about big events, like football games, Ironman or the 2013 floods?
Development Review Cases - Closed What do cases tell us about changes in Boulder? What types of work are being done? How much and how many over what time period? How episodic is the work?
Development Review Cases - Open What kinds of construction/development is planned in Boulder and where? How has this changed over time?
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Energy Consumption & Savings What is the average amount of time EVs are charging at the stations? How many gallons of gasoline have been saved, and what is the associated greenhouse gas (GHG) savings?
Emails to Boulder City Council What are the most common types of emails sent to City Council? What is the breakdown of questions to Council compared to statements in favor or opposition of an issue? What proportion of the Boulder community are sending emails to Council? How does this dataset compare to popular topics in the Inquire Boulder dataset?
Fire Station Locations What is the location of the closest fire station? How does fire station location affect response time?
Health Equity Fund Funding How much funding has been awarded through the health equity fund? How have awards changed from year to year? Which organizations are the largest beneficiaries of HEF funding? How much demand is there for HEF funding and how much of that demand has been met?
Historic Districts How do historic districts interact with other datasets in the catalog?
Human Services Department: Grants to Community Organization How much funding does the Human Services Department disburse to community organizations? How has this changed over time? What are the largest sources of community funding?
Human Services Fund Funding Which community organizations have received grants through the human services fund? Which organizations are new recipients and which ones have long histories of HSF grant funding? How does the demand for HSF funding compare to the annual amount of available funds?
Impervious Areas How much of the city is impervious? How does this compare to other cities? What does this mean in terms of our flood risks based on the 2013 flood data which is also available?
Inquire Boulder FAQ Usage What are the most common questions the city gets asked? Is there an opportunity to use machine learning to take the questions and point people to the right information on our website? How can we quickly develop responses to questions? Is there a role for a chat bot? How do the types of questions vary by time of year or based on other things happening in the city?
Inquire Boulder Requests by Topic What are the most common requests the city gets from constituents Is there an opportunity to use machine learning to take the request and group them geographically, so city workers can go out and respond to many requests in the same area with fewer staff? What does a map look like based on type of request? How do requests change across time of year or based on other things happening in the city?
LIDAR What can this information tell us about regional geological landforms?
Lakes and Ponds How does water flow in Boulder? What is the interaction between the 2013 floods (different data set) and this data?
Multi-Use Paths and Bike Lanes What can be learned about our bike paths by looking at Strava data, or other social sites? What are the most efficient routes using Boulder bike paths? Who has the greatest and least access to paths?
OSMP Lands What can be said about the interaction between the built environment and our open spaces? Which residents in our city have the easiest access to the outdoors?
OSMP Prairie Dog Colonies How have these changed over time?
OSMP Trailheads What can be said about the interaction between the built environment and our open spaces? Which residents in our city have the easiest access to trailheads? Which trailheads are most impacted by traffic or other urban behaviors?
OSMP Trails What kind of machine learning can we use to understand the prettiest parts of trails? What kind of social information (Strava, trail running project, MTB project etc.) is available from users of our trail system? What kind of use does our system get? What are the most challenging parts of our system?
OSMP Vascular Plant Species How do the plant species in Boulder compare to those in nearby communities? How diverse is our landscape compared to other geographic regions or zones? Can you identify these species as you hike?
OSMP Vegetation What kind of vegetation can you help identify from pictures posted online? How diverse is our vegetation? How does it compare to species around the country or in other Colorado counties?
OSMP Visitor Master Plan How do these master plans align to other area plans, or flood plains?
OSMP Wildlife Closures What kinds of closures take place over time? How do they move and change geographically?
Open Data Downloads Which datasets are the most popular? Are dataset downloads increasing or decreasing over time? Can the popularity of datasets be tied to events happening during the same time period?
Outdoor Swimming Pools How close are different neighborhoods to the pools in Boulder? Can you get to them easily on a bus from every part of the city?
Ownership Parcels Who owns parcels in the city? Is it many different people or are there large property owners? How does ownership breakout based on zone types or different areas in the city?
Playgrounds How close are different neighborhoods to the Parks in Boulder? Can you get to them easily on a bus from every part of the city? How about a bike?
Public Land Survey System How does public land interact with other types of land in the city? What about the interaction between other datasets and our public land?
Public Tree Species What species of trees are recommended for Boulder? What traits do they have in common? How many public trees does Boulder have that are recommended versus not recommended?
Public Trees How diverse is our canopy? Are there groupings of types of trees in the city? What can this tell us about development patterns? Has our composition changed over time? What should we be thinking about in terms of the future of our tree canopy?
Rental Housing Property List How is rental housing dispersed across the city? How accessible to public transit, parks etc? Do people who live in rental properties have access to the same things people who own homes do?
Resident Mobility Survey What modes of transportation do residents typically take on workdays and non-workdays? What preferences inform residents' choice of mobility option? Why do or why don't residents use specific modes of transportation? Who influences residents' choice of transportation?
September 2013 Flood Extents This data can be used with many other data sets in the portal. What does the 2013 flood tell us about the use of natural and built spaces in the city?
Street Centerlines Use this data to help inform other analysis.
Subcommunities Use this data to help inform other analysis.
Subdivisions Use this data to help inform other analysis.
Waste Diversion by Sector and Stream How do different sectors impact waste management? Which sectors produce or divert the most waste? How do rates of recycling and organics account for the percent of total waste over the years?
Website Traffic What does access to the city website look like? Are there specific events that seem to drive people to use our website? What does current traffic suggest in terms of a forward looking strategy for our website?
Wetlands What is the interaction between wetlands and other open spaces? What about with creeks, ponds, ditches and lakes?
Zip Codes Use this data to help inform other analysis.
Zoning What does zoning look like across the city? How does zoning interact with other datasets?
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