Chicago's Data Projects: Overblown or On Target?

Chicago's big-data projects seem unwieldy, but there is a sound core plan informing them.

"Chicago is often praised as a leader in civic technology, its analytics projects hailed as exemplary. But does this city truly merit all the kudos?"

"After reading yet another reference to Chicago's innovative use of text analytics (to battle rat infestations, among other things), I poked around a bit to learn more about Chicago's award-winning approach to civic tech," writes Mary Jander.

"Some critics have argued that Chicago's big-data projects are more flash than substance," she says. "Still, there is a lot of visible progress. The city won $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies in March 2013 to 'build the first citywide real-time predictive analytics platform.' The Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) calls this project the SmartData platform, formerly nicknamed 'Windy Grid,' a real-time analysis system that works alongside a series of separate tools to boost Chicago's analytics capabilities."

Full Story: Chicago's Data Projects: Overblown or On Target?

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 2012

Thinking about Grad School?

You need the essential resource for prospective planning students
Starting at $24.95
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95