About the Harvard Open Data Project

We're dedicated to opening and analyzing Harvard data to empower our community members to improve campus life.

Join the Harvard Open Data Project!

Want to learn more? Email Neel Mehta at neelmehta [at] college [dot] harvard [dot] edu.


Creating Harvard's first open data catalog

In the vein of data.gov, we're gathering and publishing all of Harvard's public datasets in one place. With this, we promote transparency and help students engage better with the university.

View the whole open data catalog

Creating data-driven policy with Harvard staff

We're working with Harvard's police department and dining services to open and analyze their datasets. Our analyses will lead to real policy changes and greater student-staff interaction than we've ever seen.

Read about our policy projects

Data science to understand our university

You might have heard of us when we correctly predicted the outcome of the Harvard student government presidential election using surveys and social media analysis. Now we're turning toward understanding Harvard academics, social life, and finances by analyzing public Harvard data. Stay tuned!

Read our analyses
We have weekly open hack nights on Thursdays from 8:30-10pm. Come to help us hack on our open data catalog, policy projects, or analyses; learn about data science and quantitative social science; and meet the rest of the community!
We often attend hackathons around the Boston area to knock out award-winning projects in a weekend. Join our mailing list to learn more!

Join our mailing list to get invited to these events!

Current projects

We're working on some really exciting data analysis projects this semester, including:

Check out the full list of projects here (Harvard students only.)

People

Neel Mehta

Team Lead

Athena Kan

Board Member

Brian Sapozhnikov

Board Member

Chris Kuang

Board Member

Nick Sinai

Faculty Mentor

Jack Zhang

Undergrad

Erie Meyer

Faculty Mentor

Emma Ling

Undergrad

Alex Giglio

Undergrad

Shira Li

Undergrad

Estefania Lahera

Undergrad

Partners

We are proud partners with Coding it Forward, a community of people using technology for social good. Like Coding it Forward (another Harvard creation), we're passionate about using the tools of technology to increase government transparency, improve citizens' lives, and unlock innovation using data.