With almost eleven years of historical data and more than one currently active license for every five City residents, Business Licenses is one of the most popular datasets on the Chicago Open Data Portal and a key resource for understanding economic activity. …

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US FDA / Flickr The three dozen inspectors at the Chicago Department of Public Health scrutinize 16,000 eating establishments to protect diners from gut-bombing food sickness. Some of those pose more of a health risk than others; approximately 15 percent …

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(This article was first published on Econometrics by Simulation, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) Widespread attention towards the death of black men by police has sparked protests and public outrage in many a city. Recently, the Federal Government has launched …

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(WBEZ/Logan Jaffe) Editor’s note: We’re considering additional coverage for this story and we’d like to know which follow-up questions about concentrated white poverty most interest you. Examples: How does Chicago compare to other Midwestern cities? How does this apply to …

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Recently, New York and Chicago, each a leader in two important municipal reforms — the open data movement and centralized (311) call centers — released requests asking the private sector to help them build a platform more akin to Facebook than …

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Last year I attended a presentation of what it was supposed to be the new eGov strategy of a major Smart City. They presented to us the motivation, how much technology has changed from a web presence to multi-channel, multi-screen. …

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Don’t Miss the CitySDK Open Data Solutions Challenge this Month, with a chance to demo your app to Commerce Chief Data Officer Ian Kalin. Earlier this summer, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the “City SDK Open Data Solutions Challenge.” This …

Get Local Data. Build Apps. Win the National Challenge. Read more »

(this is one of the projects of the #openimpact shortlist) There are over 15,000 food establishments across the City of Chicago that are subject to sanitation inspections by the Department of Public Health. Three dozen inspectors are responsible for checking these …

#openimpact — Food Inspection Forecasting Read more »

Back in 2008, when I embarked on my first city government job after college, the big technological advancement was that cities were beginning to accept online job applications. Now, it seems cities everywhere are not only embracing technology but getting …

PMI Panel Explores Open Data as a Tool for Performance Management Read more »

Government’s traditional approach to so many of its regulatory activities has been an inefficient and expensive one that frustrates both public employees and citizens: piling up mountains of rules and hierarchies of bureaucracy in an effort to make sure that …

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