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Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project

Open Data Book Club is a monthly series of events aimed at exploring open datasets that relate to the National Capital Region. If you are into open data, data journalism, statistics, visualizations, and civic technology, this is the meetup for you. All are welcome and no prior skills or experience is required - come and learn about open data and what can be done with it!

Last month a landmark study was released on Ottawa Police traffic stop race data.  It was a two year study by York University researchers on the race of Ottawa residents stopped by the police in traffics stops.  The research team had 81,902 traffic stop observations in the study.  Read more about the study here.  As part of the release of the research report, the raw data (including traffics stops for non-Ottawa residents) and the study data have been released in spreadsheet format.  You can find the data here.  This month we will look at this topical dataset.

Interested in presenting something? We'd love to see what you can come up with. All those interested are given a short time-slot to present. Past projects you've done are also welcome, we just ask you keep it open data related. Please let us know if you plan to present so we can make sure to set aside a bit of time for you. There is no obligation to present or to have attended any previous meetup. All you need to bring is your interest!

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  • Peter R.

    Anybody find a data dictionary for the raw data xlsx file? For example, what does 'Cleared Automatically' mean, etc.

    November 14

    • Anthony Simon M.

      Should we have to look for data dictionaries / codebooks for publicly released data? Presumably the initial researchers had some documentation about the data and its meaning.

      Yesterday

    • Peter R.

      Sorry i missed the meetup. My point was that unless you know what the data means, you don't know what the data means (gigo). And nowhere in all the files did I see what 'Cleared Automatically' means. Maybe I just missed it...

      Yesterday

  • Anthony Simon M.

    an indicator of emerging evidence based accountability between policy and community

    Yesterday

  • Celeste C.

    I'm bummed I can't make it after all! Have fun!

    3 days ago

  • Miranda G.

    Have you invited Chief Bordeleau or any members of the police services board?

    3 days ago

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