Los Angeles Data Justice Hub

What is the LA Data Justice Hub?

The Data Justice Hub is an initiative that empowers students, community organizations, and faculty to access and use data to rectify harm. We hope this digital tool will help train the next generation of social justice and data-driven change agents. 

This site has been developed through the Mellon Social Justice Curricular Initiatives at UCLA. The new “Data, Justice, and Society” curricular initiatives aim is to create a “data-driven approach to teaching and research on social justice issues, positioning more UCLA graduates to become social change leaders in their chosen professions.” 

What is the Data Justice

Data Justice is an emerging technique and ethos that examines the link between the datafication of society and social justice causes, as well as addressing data harms and misuses of data. We hope this site will provide you with resources to enact data justice vis a vis vulnerable communities in Los Angeles.

How Can I Use This Site?

This site is meant as a pedagogical tool to empower students, community organizations, and faculty to use data to rectify harm and access open data. Open data is data that can be freely used, re-use, or redistributed. A list of sites that you will find here can be used to better understand some of the largest issues facing the Los Angeles communities today.

Co-authors: Dr. Munia Bhaumik (Founder), Sydney Saubestre (Masters in Public Policy Candidate), and Rafik Wahbi (PhD Candidate in Public Health). 

Thanks to William Melendez for web software support. 

Open Source Data Sites

Los Angeles Regional Data

Los Angeles

California

  • California Open Data: State of California Open-Data portal with wide-range of datasets, including datasets on Covid-19 vaccine progress, environmental indicators such as bacteria in waste-water, and homeless reports.

National

  • Community Action Partnerships Data Hub: maps and indicators related to community needs across the US, including demographic, educational, housing, and poverty indicators. 
  • Data.gov: Site maintained by the U.S. General Services Administration that collects datasets on everything from the demographic numbers related to Alzheimer’s to the number of Black Owned Businesses in Los Angeles. Easy search function, and can further find specific information by using filters.
  • US Census.Gov: Every ten years, the federal government oversees a national census that counts how many people are in each census tract and collects additional socioeconomic and demographic data. They also have courses on how to navigate the site.

Criminalization, Incarceration, and Carceral Systems

  • Bureau of Statistics: The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics includes summary data tables of crime statistics in the US, as well as a variety of analytical tools. The full datasets can be found at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
  • KPCC Officer Involved Shooting: A KPCC investigation into officer involved shootings in the Los Angeles area.
  • Fatal Encounters: Fatal Encounters is a partial database of fatal police encounters, leading to the creation of the National Officer-Involved Homicide Database with a team at USC.
  • Million Dollar Hoods: A project at Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA that provides a wide-array of data related to incarceration and criminal justice.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Federal site providing access to various indicators and data analysis tools related to juvenile criminal justice.
  • State Sentencing Data: The Sentencing Project is a criminal justice reform organization that advocates for effective and humane responses to crime prevention. Full datasets on crime states are available for each state.
  • Vera Institute of Justice: The Vera Institute of Justice has a searchable database for research related to criminal justice reform that can be searched by topic, typ, or region.
  • Washington Post Fatal Force: The Washington Post Fatal Force Project is an attempt to log every fatal shooting by an on-duty police officers since 2015. A full database is available.

Economic Justice

  • The Opportunity Atlas: The Opportunity Atlas examines which neighborhoods in America lead to the greatest intergenerational social mobility and relevant factors. While a full dataset is not available, a user guide to utilizing the tools is provided.
  • UCLA Labor Center: Provides guidance on best practices around survey design, particularly for issues of labor rights, as well as an extensive database of reports from the center.

Education

  • CA School Dashboard: The California School Dashboard is a state-wide database that provides broad data related to education by school district or county.
  • California State Report Card: Provides enrollment, demographic, educational attainment, etc.l data for public and charter schools, districts, and the State.
  • Childstats.gov: Data sets concentrated on indicators related to children and families. 
  • KidsCount Data Center: Hundred of measures of well-being for kids across the nation, which can be focused down to Los Angeles. 
  • Los Angeles Unified School District: General data on LAUSD and individual school sites.
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): A program of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, this site provides annual and national statistics for all public elementary and secondary schools, and school districts across the U.S.

Environmental Justice

  • Asia-Pacific Data Research Center: Large data repository for measures related to climate change and oceanology maintained by the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.  
  • CalEnviroScreen: The California Environmental Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) contains a multitude of data sets and tools related to environmental health, including pollutants burdens and health indicators for communities. There are a series of How To videos that help to navigate the site. 
  • EcoAtlas: EcoAtlas aggregates datasets from many different sources, with many datasets being specific to California. Datasets related to water quality, vegetation, conservation, etc. can be found on the site. 
  • EJScreen: EPA’s environmental justice screening and mapping tool. Includes numerous environmental indicators and guide on how to use the site. 

Food Insecurity

Gender Justice

  • Data 2X: A collection of informative data related to gender and 
  • OECD Gender Equality: Includes indicators related to gender inequality, including education, employment and health. Only includes OECD member countries, as well as a few non-Western countries.
  • SDG- Gender Equity: Datasets and reports on markers of gender equity in Los Angeles. 
  • UN Women Global Database on Violence against Women: A collated tracker with metrics on gender-based violence from across the world. 
  • Woman Stats: Dataset that compiles information on the status of women across the world.

Houseless Rights

Migration

Political Disenfranchisement

  • American National Election Studies: The American National Election Studies is a long-running research project that aims to capture voting trends across time in the US. 
  • Democracy Map: Tracks state election laws and policies that aim to disenfranchise marginalized groups, as well as recommendations on how to optimize civic engagement and protect electoral integrity. 
  • Los Angeles Ethics Committee: Open data portal maintained by the city of Los Angeles that allows constituents to view data related to election ethics and campaign contributions. 
  • Latino Policy and Politics Institute at UCLA: LPPI at UCLA has a series of resources and research on voting rights. Data would need to be extracted from reports. 
  • Pew Research Center: A nonpartisan fact tank that conducts polling and informs the public about issues and trends shaping the United States and the world. 

Public Health and Healthcare

Racial Justice

  • AAPI Data: Aggregated resources that aim is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date resource on datasets on Asian Americans and NHPIs that are publicly available.
  • Asian American Statistics: California State Library list of various sites that have data on Asian American populations. 
  • Black Youth Project: A research institute at University of Chicago that examines the attitudes, resources, and cultures of the young, urban black millennial.
  • Hate Crime Statistics: Site maintained by the FBI that collates data from local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies related to recognize and document hate crimes. 
  • Minority Population Profiles: Data maintained by the US government outlining pertinent outcomes related to demographic, health, education, and other measures. 
  • National Equity Atlas: National organization that publishes the National Equity Index, among others data pertinent to racial equity in the United States.
  • NCAI Policy Research Center: National Congress of American Indians collects and publishes their own data on past and present issues facing Native communities in the United states. 
  • Race Counts: A database that provides racial equity indicators of the Los Angeles area.
  • Resource Center for Minority Data: The Resource Center for Minority Data collects and publishes a variety of information that pertains to minority groups, including housing, education, discrimination, etc. Data can be filtered by location.
  • UCLA American Indian Studies Center Hate Crime Map: A crowd-sourced platform that enables victims to report instances of hate crimes maintained by the UCLA American Studies Center.

State Violence

  • KPCC Officer Involved Shooting: A KPCC investigation into officer involved shootings in the Los Angeles area. 
  • Fatal Encounters: Fatal Encounters is a partial database of fatal police encounters, leading to the creation of the National Officer-Involved Homicide Database with a team at USC.
  • Washington Post Fatal Force: The Washington Post Fatal Force Project is an attempt to log every fatal shooting by on-duty police officers since 2015. A full database is available.

User Guidance: please note that Los Angeles City data is distinct from Los Angeles County data, as well as state and national data. All of these distinct data hubs each contain valuable data about Los Angeles, although covering different geographic scopes. The best way to identify which data you need is to explore the individual links. In several of the sites below, you will also be able to locate data by inputting a specific Zip Code. This technique will enable you to find data about a particular neighborhood.

Data Training and Educational Resources

Coming soon!

This section will include tutorial videos on accessing Los Angeles Public Data, doing basic analyses, and producing data displays for social justice organizing and projects. Additionally, this page will hold a list of other training and educational resources and opportunities for data justice.

Interactive Sites to Further Learning about Critical Data Studies and Data Justice Initiatives 

  • Algorithmic Justice League: aims to highlight algorithmic bias through media, art, and science; provide space for people to voice concerns and experiences with coded bias; develop practices for accountability during the design, development, and deployment of coded systems. 
  • Center for Media Justice: Aims to build a powerful movement for a more just and participatory media and digital world—with racial equity and human rights for all.
  • Chupadatos: This project gathers stories from across Latin America about the mass collection and processing of data that governments, businesses and individuals carry out to monitor “cities, homes, wallets and bodies.”
  • Data 4 Black Lives: a group of various multidisciplinary organizers who aim to use data to “create concrete and measurable change in the lives of black people. By convening an annual conference, the group speaks to data scientists, policy makers, researchers, students, parents and more to “chart out a new future for data science.
  • DATAX:  UCLA series that organizes weekly conversations with a diverse group of science and humanities scholars about social, gendered, and racial justice in data science. 
  • Equitable Open Data: A set of guidelines for advancing “equitable practices for collecting, disseminating and using open data.”
  • Global Indigenous Data Alliance: Site promoting and asserting indigenous control of indigenous data. 
  • UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry: A critical internet studies community committed to strengthening human rights, championing social justice, and reimagining technology through research, culture, and public policy. 

Featured Examples of Data for Justice Projects/Initiatives

This section will feature some examples of how data is being used for social justice and transformation. This is not an exhaustive list, and some examples that might be helpful for envisioning what a data for justice project might look like. We hope this section will encourage others to dream up and create new “Data for Justice” projects.

Youth/Community Action Participatory Research for Justice

Interactive Data Hubs/Dashboards

*This is a non-exhaustive list of some topics where data can inform social justice work. We hope to add a submission tab in the near future.

Recommended Readings

As well as the open sources above, the following resources and readings are highly recommended for anyone who is interested in better understanding how data can be misused, and just as importantly, the role it can play in empowering communities. 

Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Noble

Data Action by Sarah Williams 

Data Feminism by Catherine d’Ignazio and Laura Klein 

Principles of a Feminist Internet statement by the Association of Progressive Communications

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff 

The Harm that Data Do by Joanna Redden

The Verifiers by Jane Peck 

What Counts by Giorgia Lupi

* Additional reading sources are being updated.

This site will be featuring data based and digital projects addressing justice for Los Angeles communities.