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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
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?
Lakes, Ponds, Creeks and Ditches How does water flow in Boulder? What is the interaction between the 2013 floods (different data set) and this data?
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 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 Development Review Cases What kinds of construction/development is planned in Boulder and where? How has this changed over time?
Columbia Cemetery What are the notable accomplishments of the individuals who are buried here?
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?
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 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?
Annexation What can annexation patterns tell us about changes in our city? What kinds of land are being annexed? How often?
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)?
Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Survey 2015
Benchmarks Use this data to help inform other analysis.
City Limits Use this data to help inform other analysis.
Closed Development Review Cases 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?
Historic Districts How do historic districts interact with other datasets in the portal?
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?
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?
Rental Housing
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?
Subcommunities Use this data to help inform other analysis.
Subdivisions Use this data to help inform other analysis.
Zoning What does zoning look like across the city? How does zoning interact with other datasets?
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?
Addresses
Building Footprints
City Floodplain Has different metadata than our other sets.
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?
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?
LIDAR What can this information tell us about regional geological landforms?
Main Roads What is the average distance of residents to main roads? Does it change based on type of property? How about parks or other resources, how easy are they to access from main roads?
Mapping Portal
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?
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.
Survey Control
Transportation
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.
OSMP Vascular 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?
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?
Website Traffic 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?
WiFi Usage 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?
Finance What do our patterns of external support potentially tell us about community priorities? Does this change over time?
Reported Crimes 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?
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