Four years ago, Chicago led in the innovation of open data portals. The city was first to appoint a Chief Data Officer and, subsequently, the number of datasets grew to include detailed information on crimes in Chicago, building violations, food inspections, and up-to-date information on 311 calls for service, plus a lot more. It has been a worthwhile investment that has sparked a vibrant civic tech community, start-ups using open data to drive their business, and has even been used by the city to improve efficiency and save money.
To build on this, we developed OpenGrid, which uses that same data but in a more user-friendly interface. You can navigate through more than a dozen datasets at once. Below the fold, we have some quick tips on how you can use OpenGrid.