Sean Thornton
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Sensors are increasingly-valuable tools for better understanding, managing, and planning urban environments. In Chicago, for example, the city’s recently launched Array of Things urban sensor initiative has enabled simultaneous collection of data on a wide range of environmental factors such as air quality, weather conditions, noise, and traffic. Yet the Array of Things isn’t the only... Read More

Author: Sean Thornton
Sean Thornton
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How well do you know your city? Your neighborhood? Even your block? When it comes to public information, it’s a simple question without a simple answer. Even with open data portals available in most major cities, it can be a challenge to find specific or relevant data in a sea of online lists, tables, and spreadsheets. Chicago’s new OpenGrid initiative aims to help resolve this dilemma... Read More

Author: Sean Thornton
Sean Thornton
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Armed with open-source tools and troves of city data, Chicago’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) has been championing advanced analytics initiatives in order to enhance municipal operations. The city’s most recent milestone, the completion of a pilot program that optimizes the city’s food inspections process, was a success: by using an analytics-based procedure, Chicago... Read More

Author: Sean Thornton