LocalData + SWOP

The LocalData + SWOP project is part of Smart Chicago’s effort to help bridge technology gaps in high capacity organizations. This particular effort is aimed at helping the Southwest Organizing Project collect information about vacant and abandoned housing using the LocalData tool.


The LocalData tool helps SWOP in a number of ways:

  • Instead of writing down information on pen and paper, SWOP organizers can use any internet capable internet device to survey buildings.
  • The survey has the ability to take pictures of each building and automatically geocodes the information into a central database.
  • Smart Chicago Collaborative is funding the development of Open311 integration, which will allow SWOP to immediately inform the city of dangerous conditions.

Here’s more information on the scope of work with LocalData:

15-Month Subscription to LocalData

  • 15-month software license for the Smart Chicago Collaborative to provide LocalData to the Southwest Organizing Project.
  • LocalData service
    • 15 months of service
    • 3 surveys
    • Unlimited administrative users
    • Unlimited data collectors
    • Unlimited hosted data
    • Online management dashboard
    • Data export
    • Mobile data collection (iOS, Android 4+)


  • Email, phone during business hours
  • Consultation on initial survey setup, design
  • Consultation on devices, field use strategies
  • Consultation on data reporting
  • Continuous, automatic upgrades and improvements

Integration with Open311
Smart Chicago will provide payment to fund the development of Open311 integration with
LocalData. Specifically, as SWOP field organizers survey the neighborhood the mobile app needs  to be able to report building violations directly to the city. Additionally, LocalData will integrate with the City of Chicago’s service tracker in order to enable SWOP to keep track of service requests  generated through surveys.


Southwest Organizing Project

The Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) is a non-profit working on a number of issues including public safety, education, immigration, leadership development and housing. They are an immensely valuable organization working in the community. Founded in 1996, SWOP’s efforts were recognized earlier this year when they received the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.


LocalData is a civic startup whose tools lets organizations collect data on a smartphone or tablet and quickly visualize it in an online dashboard. Local property and building footprint data fuels the app, providing an accurate map of every home and building in the neighborhood.


LocalData + SWOP = Better Housing Data 

Media Inquires

For media inquires, please contact Dan O’Neil.


Code for America Fellows launch tools to inventory abandoned buildings – Knight Digital Media Center

A Bottom-Up Smart City?  – Harvard University’s Data Smart Blog


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