Illinois, US: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled ‘Metro Chicago Data Convergence Cloud’. It aims to bring public data from the City of Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois into a single open data portal, for easy access by residents and businesses in the Metro Chicago area. It has been developed by Socrata, a developer and provider of open data cloud services.
The initial release of Metro Chicago Data organises datasets using a common taxonomy for categories, which includes housing and property, economic development, education, environment, government administration, ethics, health & human services, public safety, tax and revenue, and transportation.
“We are collaborating with our partners, the City of Chicago and Cook County, to not only break down the barriers between us and increase government transparency, but also to apply the lessons learned in the world of information technology to create new opportunities for entrepreneurship, foster creativity and create jobs,” said Governor Quinn. “Making raw data more easily available to the public in areas such as health care, public safety, economic development and transportation will make government accessible and empower our citizens to develop new software applications to improve government processes.”
This groundbreaking initiative, developed by state, county and city technology staff in partnership with Socrata, connects the three existing open data programmes at each organisation, into a unified, citizen-centric experience. Residents are now able to find, explore and share online resource, across jurisdictional boundaries, using a single web interface, based on common themes, such as healthcare, public safety, housing and education.
Bringing a critical mass of data into a single cloud, with a unified citizen interface and a common data dictionary, further exemplifies all three governments’ commitment to open government and transparency.
Toni Preckwinkle said, “MetroChicagoData.com is another step in providing tools to help the public measure outcomes, find services, and see the impact of policies across all three levels of government.”
“This unprecedented initiative will foster innovation, economic development and more efficient delivery of services,” added Mayor Emanuel. “When we break down bureaucracies and our governments work together, we open new doors for our constituents.”
The new, Socrata-powered, Metro Chicago Data Convergence Cloud, offers key design, feature and architecture enhancements, including:
– State-of-the-art cloud federation services that automatically and seamlessly create a connected data cloud from data.cityofchicago.org, data.cookcountyil.gov and data.illinois.gov, without any duplication or delay.
– Automatic full-text indexing of every data set’s content, regardless of originating organisation, to facilitate a unified online search and discovery experience.
– Automatic and uniform programmatic access to every data set, via the Socrata Open Data API (SODA), in addition to technical support and online developer resources.
– A user-centric site design, with normalised categories to promote comprehension and ease of access.
Source: Market Watch