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City of Chicago develops big data platform to improve the lives of citizens

Tom Macaulay | June 27, 2017
The app built on MongoDB adds a vast range of data sources such as 911 calls and building licenses to an interactive map.

The code driving the predictions has been released open source to let others take advantage and share their own improvements with other users.

The food inspection model has been piloted in five further US cities, and Chicago has recently signed up to a data alliance with London. Schenk also chairs a group of 20 cities called the Civic Analytics Network established to collaborate and share data learnings for mutual benefit.

"We know that if we work together as a network we can do that," he says. "By using and producing open source solutions it makes it that much easier to pick up projects from somewhere else and then to adopt them."

 

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