Foodborne Chicago

Foodborne Chicago LogoFoodborne Chicago is a website that connects people who complain about food poisoning on Twitter to the people who can help them out—  the Chicago Department of Public Health.

We use computers & code to search Twitter for tweets related to food poisoning in Chicago. We do as much as we can to automatically zero-in on the tweets we think are really about a possible food poisoning case and really coming from Chicago. Then real humans review the tweets and @reply back to people with a link back to this page. More detail here. Questions? We’ve got answers.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded this project a Prototype Fund grant in January 2014. The Chicago Community Trust is the fiscal sponsor for this grant and is supportive in many other ways.

Recent Posts

Leslie Durr Joins Smart Chicago as Project Coordinator

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City of Chicago Tech Plan Update

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Foodborne Chicago is a Top 25 Innovation in Government

Today our product, Foodborne Chicago, was recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Here's their writeup: FoodBorne ...

The value of small wins in building the civic innovation community

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Foodborne Chicago Affected by Twitter Geocoding Issue

Foodborne Chicago is an application that provides an easy online interface to report incidents of food poisoning to the Chicago ...

Foodborne Chicago and Flooding the Box

It was interesting to see on Twitter a discussion started when Foodborne Chicago was clumped with the Boston's Streetbump app ...

CUTGroup #9 – Foodborne Chicago

We conducted our ninth Civic User Testing Group as a part of a grant from the John S. and James ...

Video Interview with Joe Olson of Foodborne Chicago

Foodborne Chicago is a website that connects people who complain about food poisoning on Twitter to the people who can ...

See complete list of all posts here.

Foodborne Chicago in the News

Leslie Durr Joins Smart Chicago as Project Coordinator

Leslie Durr joins the Smart Chicago Collaborative as a Project Coordinator.She will serve as the point person for projects including ...

Foodborne Chicago is a Top 25 Innovation in Government

Today our product, Foodborne Chicago, was recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Here's their writeup: FoodBorne ...

California Healthcare Foundation: Preventing Foodborne Illness in Chicago

Here's an interesting article covering how improvements in food safety can be traced directly to open data initiatives ...

Foodborne Chicago, Humans, and Big Data on the Data Mine Blog

Foodborne Chicago, Humans, and Big Data on the Data Mine Blog Here's a post on the U.S. News & World ...

Foodborne Chicago on MarketWatch: Twitter bot helps Chicago find dirty restaurants

Great interview of Dr. Bechara Choucair, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. Audio here: ...

Twitter Bot Helps Chicago Officials Find Dirty Restaurants (Popular Science)

Twitter Bot Helps Chicago Officials Find Dirty Restaurants. Snip: The Chicago Department of Public Health's Twitter bot, plus a new ...

Tweets Identify Food Poisoning Outbreaks – Scientific American

In Chicago monitoring Twitter for reports of food poisoning led to 133 restaurant inspections for health violations, with 21 establishments ...

Foodborne Chicago on MeatPoultry.com: EXCLUSIVE: Foodborne illness in the age of Twitter

Here's an article in a leading industry magazine about Foodborne Chicago. Snip: An added benefit for public health agencies is ...

See complete list of all news items here.

Team

Here's the core Foodborne Chicago team:

We work most closely with Joe Olson and Cory Nissen of Tracklytics and the Chicago Department of Public Health. Scott Robbin developed the admin tool and Raed Mansour has been instrumental in many ways. Q Ethan McCallum has also been there from the start. See complete information on who's been involved in this project on the About page of Foodborne Chicago.

Partners

This project is the result of a loose and long-winding process of developers, public health officials, and leaders in the Chicago technology community coming together around a common mission.

Media

Please contact us with any inquiries. Download the Foodborne Chicago logo here. Feel free to use video and graphics below.

Video by Raed Mansour of CDPH explaining Foodborne Chicago

GRAPHIC: How Foodborne Chicago Works

Foodborne Chicago Infographic

Graphic Explaining the Site

Foodborne Chicago Infographic

Homepage

Foodborne Chicago Homepage, February 2015

Foodborne Chicago Homepage, February 2015

Submissions Page

Foodborne Chicago Submissions Page

Foodborne Chicago Submissions Page