Good News!!! The Smart Chicago team is moving and now will be co-located with the City Digital Team at UI Labs. As such, our individual emails will be changing to:

Kyla Williams 

Sonja Marziano

Denise Linn     

Leslie Durr       

Our new mailing address is 1415 N. Cherry Avenue Chicago, IL 60642 and general phone number is 312.281.6900.

Please check our website at or follow us on twitter @smartchicago for more updates.

We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.

Data Potluck Live! Excel, OpenRefine, and featured partner: NFTE

Tonight, join us for Data Potluck at the Chicago Community Trust!

Chicago Community Trust from the Hallway

DataPotluck XII will continue their focus on hands-on workshopping of tools, focusing on Excel (everyone’s favorite workhorse) and OpenRefine (the coolest, free-est tool to clean data that you haven’t heard of).

Data Potluck’s featured non-profit partner this month is the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). They’ll have some of their data to work with to learn tools, and staff along for us to learn about–and help brainstorm on–their data- and analytics-related challenges.

This *is* a potluck so bring your favorite food or beverage! Our live stream coverage will begin at 6:15!

DataPotluck Data Tasting

Data Potluck is a meetup group run by Young-Jin KimMatt Gee, and Nicholas Mader that helps to connect the nonprofit and data science worlds.

One of the features of the meetup is an exercise called Data Tasting  where the group takes a set of data from a government agency or non-profit organization and figures out ways to make that data useful to the agency.


Data Potluck organizer Young-Jin Kim talks about San Francisco’s dataset.

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