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Understanding Civic Unrest in Baltimore, 1968-2015

Resources (at Decker Library and elsewhere) for investigating the history of Baltimore, Baltimore '68 riots, and the Baltimore Uprising of 2015.

Data and Visualizations

Visualizations that have emerged from recent events of unrest as well as resources for obtaining open source data. offers free courses on creating data visualizations.

Note: MICA offers Information Visualization (Online MPS).

Map Visualization

This Map Shows the Freddie Gray Protests Across the Country
Gabrielle Canon, Bryan Schatz, and AJ Vicens
May 1, 2015, Mother Jones

2 Maps That Explain The Baltimore Riots - 1968 And Now
Mike Spies, April 28, 2015, Vocativ

Mapping Police Violence

View visualizations, download the data and create your own. Scroll to the bottom of the landing page to see when the site was last updated.

Mapping Police Violence landing page


Where to Find Open Source Data

Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.

Open Data Baltimore
Open Data Baltimore is a catalog of data on topics such as City Government, City Services, Culture & Arts, Finance, Geography, Health, Housing and Development, Neighborhoods, Public Safety, and much more.

Items in this catalog range from datasets, charts, maps, calendars, files and documents, and more. The datasets can be filtered on the website or exported (with several format options) and manipulated locally.

The home of the U.S. Government's open data. Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more. 

United States Census Bureau
"The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly.

We are guided on this mission by scientific objectivity, our strong and capable workforce, our devotion to research-based innovation, and our abiding commitment to our customers.

Note: Historic census records from 1790 to 1940 are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration, not the U.S. Census Bureau.

1940 Census
National Archives and Records Administration

The 1940 census records were released by the US National Archives April 2, 2012, and brought online through a partnership with This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.

National Archives and Records Administration

"The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. All of our documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever."

The free knowledge base with 14,819,922 data items that anyone can edit.

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