As one of the closest advisors and social media director of Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Kevin Hauswirth leads the Open Data movement in one of the biggest cities in USA.
The City of Chicago’s data portal (data.cityofchicago.org) has more than 350 data sets that have been viewed more than 1.6 million times, including crime data from 2001, line-by-line budget appropriations, food inspections, visualizations of open spaces and city service requests.
The City’s Performance Dashboards also allow the public to track how efficiently city services are being delivered, from garbage pick-up to graffiti removal. During the winter, our open data empowered independent developers to create applications that helped Chicagoans better navigate the city.
How can Open Data improve the citizens’ life into the city ?
City data does not belong to the City, it belongs to the people. Open Data makes this information available to everyone, from the engaged resident to the application developer.
At the core, making documents more publicly available empowers the people to make more informed, educated assessments of decisions made by leaders. However, a large amount of Chicago’s data is spatial, it’s about places. This is the foundation for all sorts of innovative applications that can allow people to better interact with, explore and experience the Chicago help us connect with each other.
If you should summarize Open Data, its philosophy, its consequences, in one word, which one would it be ?