Chicago has seen it’s first snow flurries – which can only mean one thing…the return of Chicago’s PlowTracker! This year, it’s been updated with new features to help residents find where the plows are.
In previous iterations, the plow tracker showed one icon regardless of the direction it’s moving. Now, the icons have been updated to indicated the direction of the plow. The map itself is also bigger and displays snowfall readings for the current storm.
The Plow Tracker can be found here and will be activated during major snow events.
The City of Chicago’s Department of Innovation and Technology is hiring a Senior Database Analyst to help coordinate the operationalization of their data research.
City Hall, Photo by Chris Smith
We talked with Chief Data Officer Tom Schenk Jr to learn more about the work of the Department of Innovation and Technology and the position he’s hiring for.
The City of Chicago is currently in the process of revamping the 311 system. The 311 system is what the city uses to coordinate and dispatch city services. Every year, this system takes millions of calls regarding potholes, graffiti, food poisoning, street lights being out, rat sightings, and more. The 311 system currently in use is pretty old for software – almost fourteen years. The City recently put out an request for proposal to build a new 311 system that will focus on improving the interaction between residents and city government.
As part of this process, the city created ChIdeas. They want your feedback. What do you think of the current system and what ideas do you have to improve it?
To do this, the City is using an app called MindMixer. Mindmixer allows you to submit ideas as well as vote up ideas that you also like. For example, Steve Vance has suggested increasing the number of service request types.
The feedback period closes in two weeks – so visit the site today and give your feedback!
Jay Van Patten, Information Technology Director at Chicago Public Schools, stopped by OpenGov Hack Night on October 7th to showcase his team’s work in redesigning the Chicago Public Schools website to be mobile – first. Their work provides an example of how governments can build great websites all in-house.