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Come to the February 2016 Connect Chicago Meetup: Chicago Public Library’s Internet to Go Program

Our next Connect Meetup will feature the Chicago Public Library's hotspot lending program, Internet to Go. At the event, the ...
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The Launch of the CUTGroup Collective

Today, three years after we started the CUTGroup, we are announcing a new initiative called the CUTGroup Collective where we will ...

Connect Chicago January 2016 Meetup Recap: Co-Creating a Digital Access & Skills Ecosystem

On Friday January 29th, trainers, program coordinators, and public sector leaders from all across Chicago came together to Co-Create a ...

Smart Health Center Navigators Assisting in Nutrition and Weight Loss Programming at Fantus Clinic

Here's an update on our work at Cook County Health System General Medicine Center at Fantus Clinic over the last ...
Crime & Punishment in Chicago: Jail

A Twitter-Based Review Crime & Punishment in Chicago

Introduction This is the raw content for a set of tweets we published today about our Crime & Punishment in Chicago project. Our ...
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A Fresh Look at Crime & Punishment in Chicago, our April 2014 website with Chicago Justice Project and FreeGeek Chicago

Tomorrow is the first public meeting of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force. According to their website, their primary mission ...
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First Public Forum of the Police Accountability Task Force at JLM Life Center

Throughout the month of February, the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force is hosting four community forums across the city to ...
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Two Projects in our Justice Program Covered in U.S. News & World Report

Today two of our Justice projects, Crime & Punishment in Chicago and Youth-Led Tech, were covered in a Washington Whispers ...
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New Export Option for Spatial Open Data

In December, a new export option for spatial datasets became available on the data portals for Cook County, City of Chicago, ...
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Updated Cook County Data: Annual Salaries

New Cook County salary data is now available that shows salary and position titles as of November 24, 2015. In ...

Updated Cook County Data: Historical & Updated GIS Data

Over the past several weeks, the Cook County GIS Department has added updated taxing district boundary data to Cook County's ...
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Toward a Taxonomy for a Digital Access & Skills Ecosystem

Smart Chicago has thought about taxonomies before as they related to data ecosystems. We’ve found this exercise to be foundational to ...
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Wired Magazine on OpenGrid and Open 311

Here's a great post about OpenGrid in Wired Magazine today: Conquer Chicago’s Mountain of Data With This Powerful Tool. Here's ...
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Arts Infusion Teaching Artists: Essential Role Models and Mentors for Chicago Teens and Young Adults

In recognition of National Mentoring Month, we want to highlight the value of Arts Infusion teaching artists as role models ...

OpenGrid on the Chicago Public Data Blog

Chris Hagan of WBEZ wrote a good post today on OpenGrid: Chicago launches OpenGrid, latest step in making open data more ...
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Listen In: Podcast Debut of “Dirty Little Secrets (Episode 2)- Birth Control and Bladder Control”

Smart Health Navigator, Michelle Vu, has released the second episode of her podcast, Dirty Little Secrets (Episode 2) - Birth ...

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