Tom Schenk, Chief Data Officer - City of Chicago

Bio:

Big Data from Big Cities

Big Data from Big Cities

Naturally, a paper titled Big Data and Big Cities: The Promise and Limitations of Improved Measures of Urban Life piqued my interest. From the discussion, of “big data” four V’s, Glaeser et al. focused on large volumes of data. The paper discussed two types of big data: while researchers typically used aggregated data, such as […]

Open Data as Consumer Protection

Open Data as Consumer Protection

Open data has a number of uses: transparency, economic development, galvanizing technology, and also consumer protection. A recent experience crystalized this fact. Super Bowl 49 was a messy day in Chicago. By the time the game ended, 16″ of snow had accumulated on the ground, and would still fall throughout the night. A hard, gusty […]

ODSC Chicago Meetup – Open Science in Government

ODSC Chicago Meetup – Open Science in Government

Abstract: “Governments have made roads, bridges, and infrastructure that is used by the public to go to work, ships goods, and visit families. What does this look like when the concept is applied to technology, data, and analytics? The City of Chicago has engaged in a trio of “open” strategies, beginning with publishing open data […]

Tomorrow’s Map Room: Data Portals

Tomorrow’s Map Room: Data Portals

I’ve often found myself exploring a library’s map room or thumbing through old Census records while taking study breaks. I was often surprised how I could become engrossed with old data. Some of the fascination comes from a historical narrative of history from the perspective of that generations point-of-view, even if it was based on faulty logic […]

Open Data : No Standards Yet

Open Data : No Standards Yet

It seems with the rise of a new technology, it soon follows on the discussion on how to standardize it. This is true for open data and the call for standards of key data sets where data on a particular topic would share the same schema across cities, states, counties, and countries. The promise is […]